News Roundup: Student Motivation and Making Yourself More Marketable

Faculty developers share insights on how to increase student participation. Plus, a new podcast from Derek Bruff and what job seekers can learn from traditional marketing principles.  

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Student participation. Two professors share insights, advice, and challenges for increasing student participation in the classroom. (The ‘Q’ Blog)

Demographic shift. When it comes to embracing diversity on college campuses, a provost says that students look toward the front of the classroom for insight on how to behave in the real world. (Education Dive)

Marketing yourself. Joseph Barber of the University of Pennsylvania shares how to use traditional business marketing principles for career development and job seeking. (Inside Higher Ed)

Podcast watch. Vanderbilt University’s Derek Bruff has a new podcast featuring a conversation about the present and future of education technology with guest George Siemens. (Leading Lines)

Application season. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new system of college planning and application tools intended to make the application process simpler for students from lower-resourced high schools. (Washington Post)

Critical thinkers. A new study finds that Chinese students, who enter college with a multiyear advantage in critical thinking when compared to international peers, lose that advantage in college. (New York Times)

Renewable assessments. Rather than being discarded after grading, renewable assessments are intended for eyes beyond the student and professor and to add value to the world. (ProfHacker)

Syllabi squabbles. The syllabus is increasingly seen as a contract between student and instructor and therefore should be a fluid document that evolves in response to technology, cautions assistant professor Amber Comer. Collaboration among faculty can help colleagues effectively “get ahead of the ‘law’ of the syllabus.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

What freshmen read. Many colleges and universities have reading programs for incoming freshmen to stir discussion and unite classmates around a topic. Books for the class of 2020 range from coming-of-age novels and social justice memoirs to a political playbook from ancient Roman times. (NPR Ed)

Matchmaker, matchmaker. The existence of so many unemployed college graduates paired with employers looking to fill positions has led to the emergence of a new market of matchmakers intended to bridge the gap. (EdSurge)

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