News Roundup: Teaching Students to Learn From History

This week, one professor looks back in history to help students find inspiration to influence social change, and the POD Network launches a new white paper series to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Pedagogy in protesting.Instructors can use student activism as an opportunity to promote constructive discussions and collaboration. (Inside Higher Ed)

Academic agency. Maha Bali and Azzah Awwad suggest that instructors design assessments with student learning in mind through methods such as offering choices about the medium students use to present their work. (Al-Fanar Media)

Limiting language. Assigning “twessays”—essays in 140-character tweets—encourages students to use language economically when writing and teaches them to hone their arguments. (Hybrid Pedagogy)

Capturing classrooms. Lecture capture technology, systems that allow professors to record lectures so that students may watch them remotely, gives professors the opportunity to review and evaluate their lessons. (Campus Technology)

Military student success. Many colleges and universities are training educators on how to better understand and meet the needs of veterans. (Education Dive)

POD papers. POD Speaks, a new publication from the POD Network, will feature evidence-based papers that highlights the work educational developers. (POD Network)

Leadership pathways. ACUE Advisor Dr. Elmira Mangum, Florida A&M’s 11th president, will do a half-year research sabbatical at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education)

Teacher terminology. John Warner explains why the term “teacher” is central to his profession as a higher education writing instructor. (Just Visiting)

Swapping sources. Pooling notes on primary sources contributes to students’ communal learning. (ProfHacker)

Agents of social change. A women’s studies professor believes that teaching students about the history of the women’s movement and other movements helps them envision how they might contribute to the world. (Inside Higher Ed)

Transformative technology.Educators can transform lessons with new technologies—for instance, assigning a traditional essay as a blog post—but should remember that lesson design and student-teacher relationships come first. (EdTech)

Group exercises. Four approaches to forming groups for coursework include randomly selected, instructor-generated, self-selected, and mixed; each method has strengths and drawbacks that depend on the course, instructor, and students. (The Teaching Center, Washington University at St. Louis)

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