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The Best Graduation Advice

What’s the best advice you can give a new graduate? Might it be contained in one word, like that famous line from 1967’s The Graduate, where the character played by Dustin Hoffman receives an enigmatic tip from a family friend? Skipping ahead almost 5o years, someone looking to make a prediction about a future lucrative career might as […]

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Testing as a Tool for Student Success

Most people will likely tell you they dislike taking tests. I know that I still occasionally have nightmares where I am back in college and have to take a final exam for a class in which I never enrolled. However, recent research tells us that retrieval practice, frequent and short tests over a period of time, […]

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Stereotype Threat Interventions

In my last post on learning-to-learn, I mentioned that research from the social sciences offers powerful insights about learning that are useful for both students and educators. One area of research that I think is particularly relevant to DePaul’s ongoing conversation about student perseverance is stereotype threat. The term stereotype threat was first used in […]

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Establishing Student Expectations

I was first exposed to course contracts in graduate school during an adventure therapy course. We spent a majority of our time in class facilitating high/low ropes course and team-building activities. In order for the course to be successful the professor had to establish clear guidelines regarding our participation in the course. I remember being […]

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Attribution Theory, Motivation, and Success

Motivating students and helping them find success is part of teaching.  It is important to realize that success is motivating, and often the best way to teach a student to find success is to teach the student to find meaning and value in the work they are doing.  Methods we use for grading should not […]

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Solidarity: A different kind of international education

The other day I ran into a professor from Japan. Our chance meeting would have been unremarkable except for the fact that my wife and I, upon meeting the professor, had found ourselves completely lost on a road that rounds the Laguna de Apoyo, a crater lake about 50 miles outside of Managua, Nicaragua. Nowhere near our intended destination, we were […]

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How to Encourage a Growth Mindset

A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast titled How to Become Batman that discussed the expectations people place on each other and highlighted the story of Daniel Kish. Daniel is blind and he sees through echolocation. He rides a bike, is an avid hiker, and he travels internationally by himself. He attributes this […]

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Services to Help Our Students Succeed

One of the things I like best about DePaul is the sheer number of services that are available to our students. Many are focused on helping students achieve academic success: from free software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud to writing help at the Writing Center and tutoring in the Learning Commons–and everything else in between–there is […]

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Abolish the Bell Curve

At last week’s Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning, faculty, staff, and students gathered to identify strategies for helping students—particularly DePaul’s large population of first-generation and low-income students—persevere and succeed in college. Jacky Villagomez, a student in Business at DePaul and a speaker on the afternoon panel, suggested that all professors, not just ones teaching […]

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