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Supporting our DePaul Community

As educators and advocates within the DePaul community, we recognize how major events can impact us and our students. Often times, these events inspire a variety of emotions and can cause people to feel anxious or upset. When these emotions are present in the classroom it can be difficult to know how to respond and […]

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Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom

This fall, the DePaul Teaching Commons is hosting a workshop mini-series on creating inclusive classrooms. Inclusive teaching is a timely topic, particularly in the context of the controversial article on trigger warnings and microaggressions published in The Atlantic in September, the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, and the recent protests at the University of Missouri. […]

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A New Way to Grade

Looking for a grading system that better reflects learning outcomes, motivates students to excel, and cuts down on your grading time? You might try the approach that Linda Nilson promotes in her new book, Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time, published earlier this year by Stylus. Specifications—or specs—grading is an alternative […]

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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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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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Addressing Student Stress

Throughout the last few weeks I have noticed my students become increasingly stressed. This stress seems to come from a variety of sources: adjusting to living independently, mid-terms/course work, difficulties with time management, lack of sleep, and financial issues. I believe, as educators, it is important to help students cope with stress. We can do […]

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