Cultivating Resilience

Author’s Note:

In this article, I address resilience. In doing so, I want to first talk about the terms failure and mistakes, as both are important when we think about resilience. Resilience is our ability to bounce back in the face of disappointment. The problem is that the word failure,...

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Assessment and Feedback: Two Critical Components

I am sure we all appreciate the importance of assessment and that it is more than a grade earned on an exam or in a course.  However, how many of us remember that an essential aspect of student success on assessments is related to feedback?  How well do we provide feedback?  Do we...

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Three Common Student Learning Challenges with Lectures

How often have you heard a student say, “I studied really hard, and I knew the material. I don’t understand why I scored so low” when discussing an exam they did not perform well on? Part of this may be because students today are taught to focus on what to learn but not how to...

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Help Your Students Find Awe

One of the things I have noticed over the decades of teaching is the rising stress, anxiety, and perfectionism in students. Learning, which takes effort, should be at the very least enjoyable, if not joyful, especially if you are learning something you have chosen to spend your life doing. So, I...

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Microlectures

We all learned quickly to convert our class lectures to live streaming or pre-recorded during the pandemic.  Although referred to as taking our curriculum online, this was actually incorrect.  What we did was convert to virtual teaching, not online education.  However, our online...

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The Challenges of Cheating

There is an abundance of research about cheating. We all know it happens. However, the cold, sobering fact is that cheating continues to be a serious problem in higher education, and yes, students are cheating more than they did in the past (Balbuena & Lamela, 2017; Marshall & Varnon,...

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Is this going to be on the test?

In my experience, there has been one question that has commonly frustrated faculty, including me. It happens when a hand goes up after an hour of lecture, and the question is, "Is this going to be on the test?" It is hard not to feel defeated when all students seem interested in knowing what is...

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How declining enrollment and confidence in higher education is impacting us?

As PA educators, I believe it is important to have a finger of the pulse of what is happening in higher education because it directly or indirectly affects us. I also appreciate that trying to keep up with everything education as a faculty member is challenging, in addition to keeping up with...

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Is Lecture an Effective Teaching Method? Update

A few years back, I wrote a piece on the effectiveness of lectures as a teaching tool.  I decided to revisit this topic to see what is in the educational literature now. Previously, there were a lot of negative judgments about lectures, fueled by a study that defined a "learning pyramid"...

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Navigating Student Evaluations - Take Heart

Student course evaluations are a reality we cannot avoid, although some of us would like to.  The reality is that while these evaluations are necessary, they are not without their challenges.  For most of us, they trigger emotional reactions.  When we get negative comments about...

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