News Roundup: Teaching Experimentation, Career Guidance

Research shows that experimenting with teaching methods can improve student evaluations, and institutions prepare students for their careers earlier in college.

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Will Trying New Teaching Techniques Tank My Evaluations?
The fear that experimenting with new teaching methods will hurt student evaluations may be unwarranted, according to a new study by Charles R. Henderson, Raquib Khan, and Melissa Dancy. Their survey revealed that most instructors believed using interactive teaching techniques positively affected their evaluations and active learning methods improved student learning and made classes more enjoyable. (Inside Higher Ed)

Colleges Welcome First-Year Students by Getting Them Thinking About Jobs
Students who begin preparing for work life earlier are more likely to be satisfied with their careers, a survey conducted by EAB found, but few students take this path. Now, an increasing number of colleges are working to address this issue through efforts like networking workshops, connecting students with alumni, career training and advising, and other resources. (The Hechinger Report)

How a Common Course Fosters Teaching Collaboration on One Campus
A required interdisciplinary course at the University of Dayton not only fosters learning in students but also leads to greater faculty collaboration, according to Jackson A. Goodnight, the course coordinator. Instructors attend workshops to help them prepare, meet as a group several times during the semester, observe each other’s classes, and offer one another feedback. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)

Teaching Students to Manage Their Time
Time management is an essential skill that many professionals and students alike haven’t mastered, writes Charlotte Kent. That’s why Kent teaches students the importance of prioritization, being realistic about what time allows, and creating schedules on the first day of class. (Inside Higher Ed)

Ideas Realized: How Programs for Vulnerable Students Began
Programs at colleges and universities across the United States provide support to vulnerable students. For instance, at Western Michigan University, faculty and other employees receive training on how to assist students who have lived in foster care or suffered through adversity. (University Business)

Giving All Students a Voice is Key to More Effective Higher Education
In a lecture at Arizona State University, Cathy Davidson advocated involving students in their own education by having them work together to consider problems facing society. She pointed to the idea of formulating courses around issues and questions rather than disciplines, noting that in Yale University’s history department, students work in cohorts to study issues together. (ASU Now)

Partner News

Broward College: Embedding Certifications Into Degree Programs (Inside Higher Ed)

Delta State University: Delta State University and the Association of College and University Educators Partnership Improves Student Outcomes (Delta State)

Rutgers University: CTAAR Launches Teaching Improvement Program Pilot (CTAAR Newsletter)

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