News Roundup: Soothing shyness, classroom observations, and caffeinated teaching

This week: Tips for changing your teaching routine and lessons from a new course on coffee that is capturing students’ interest.

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Catherine Ross shares her journey experimenting with specifications grading as well as tips for those wanting to try it out in their own classrooms. (The ‘Q’ Blog)

With so much to learn from observing a colleague’s classroom and getting insights from their expertise, why wait? (Vitae)

A business professor stopped grading on a curve in order to foster more cooperation and community. Learn how his students’ grades improved as a result. (New York Times)

A new challenge from the Association of American Colleges and Universities hopes to connect students to real-world problems in their communities so their coursework can result in meaningful solutions. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

An innovative course focused on the engineering of the coffee maker has become the most popular elective at University of California, Davis. (NPR)

Here are five tips for breaking up your teaching routine and recapturing students’ attention. (Teaching in Higher Ed)

A new book is out with tips for becoming a better college professor: uniquely, this one is written by students responding to the simple prompt “To my professor…” (Inside Higher Ed)

Two professors offer tips for drawing in students who may be hesitant to participate in class. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

One former student shares her experience with online learning and some of the disconnect it can create. (Slate)