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I’ve never taught a course with more than 40 students before, and next fall I’m scheduled to teach a lecture course with 80 students. I’m not sure how this increase in enrollment will affect my approach to teaching, and I am nervous that the classroom will feel big...

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I keep hearing a lot of buzz about open textbooks and open educational resources. I’m interested in providing access to more affordable materials to my students, but frankly, the phrase “open education” sounds suspiciously idealistic. How can...

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I want my students to complete a research project at the end of the semester, but I’m concerned that they don’t have all of the information literacy skills necessary to find good information to support their arguments. What can I do, and what can your staff do, that...

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What is a statement of teaching philosophy and how do I write one? -Lost in dossier-ville Dear Lost in Dossier-ville, A statement of teaching philosophy is a short narrative, full of specific examples, that highlights your unique approach to teaching. The goal of a...

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I want to update my teaching documentation over the break, but I’m not sure how to document student engagement in my courses. What counts as “evidence” and how can I show that students really love my courses? -Beloved Prof Dear Beloved Prof, Documenting your teaching...

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Dear Buried Alive, Don’t worry! There are lots of small tricks you can use right now to get that pile of student work graded and off your desk. Here are 6 of our favorites… 1. If you are grading student exams, work on individual sections or questions across all...