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Down with the college essay?

Last month in Slate, Rebecca Schuman made a modest proposal: let’s stop assigning essays in required humanities courses. Schuman, an education journalist and a professor of German, believes that students hate writing papers as much as professors hate grading them. … Continue reading

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Designing a course with your learners in mind

I frequently sit down with faculty who are in varying stages of panic concerning their syllabus for an upcoming course.  Sometimes it is a brand new course, or  one inherited from a colleague.  Often,  they have already taught the course … Continue reading

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Helping all students learn in a diverse classroom

We’ve probably never had an instructor say,  “I feel totally comfortable teaching in a diverse classroom.”  Teachers can feel worried about saying something that could be construed as biased, about underrepresented students not feeling comfortable speaking, about inadvertently doing something … Continue reading

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