There are many reasons to make a blog part of your traditional classroom course. If you are not familiar with blogs, check out the article entitled Blogs as Tools for College Instructors.
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Colleges and universities have counselors, and most of them have ready access to information about careers and career opportunities. However, few counselors know as much about those careers as instructors. No matter what an instructor teaches – English or electronics, history or horticulture, math or music – teaching faculty have much to offer their students in the way of career coun ..... READ MORE
Write Tests Students Will Like
It is a shame that Odin Westgaard’s book, Tests That Work- Designing & Delivering Fair & Practical Measurement Tools in the Workplace (1999, Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer) has not been embraced by academics. A college instructor who follows Westgaard’s advice can alleviate students’ test anxiety and make the testing process worthwhile for all. About a good and fair test, he ..... READ MORE
The First Class Session is the Most Important
Barbara Davis Gross, in the book Tools for Teaching, devotes a chapter to “The First Day of Class.” She presents 36 pieces of advice for starting the new term. Here are a few of them:
If you have not taught at that location before, visit the classroom before the first session.
Introduce yourself to your students.
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As a faculty member, it is important to know college rules and follow policies before you offer academic counseling advice to your students. Don’t overstep your bounds! However, a good instructor’s goal is student success, not just student command of subject matter, which is why many instructors also play the part-time role of counselor. Furthermore, this is a way to show your students y ..... READ MORE
50 Roles – The Series
Starting the week of May 24th – 50 Roles for College Faculty. Read tips and advice related to the many, many roles college instructors play.
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Teaching College Students During the Summer
Summer courses are compressed, but many of your students only think about them being shorter. Make sure your students understand that they will need to work harder. The old Rule of Thumb says students should study 2 to 3 hours for each hour in class, but that applies for 16-week semesters. If you are teaching a 3 credit hour course in an 8-week summer session that t ..... READ MORE
Which Roles Are the Most Challenging for You?
The job of a college instructor is demanding. A successful faculty member must wear many, many hats. Here is a list of 50 roles that college instructor may play.
The list below is provided courtesy of Adjunct Assistance.
What do you think? Which roles are the most challenging? Perhaps you can think of a few challenging ones that are not on the list.
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