High Impact Practices

I enjoyed a few days in beautiful, sunny, warm San Diego in late November to learn about how Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (URSCA) could be integrated on campus with other high impact practices. Jillian Kinzie of Indiana University presented on how best to optimize high-impact practices and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you to encourage you to consider the use of high-impact practices as you work with students! Continue reading High Impact Practices

Seeing is Believing

This semester, I have 4 teaching assistants—two for my American Government and Politics class and two for my Introduction to Public Policy class. As the classes have progressed, I’ve noticed my teaching assistants making interesting discoveries about teaching. Continue reading Seeing is Believing

Not Your Mother’s Course …

“You and your group are walking in the woods when you find a bloody, unconscious young woman. You look through the backpack, you discover a two-way radio and a gas-mask. Her arm is wounded and looks badly infected but from this distance you can’t tell if it’s a bite or not. She’s starting to wake up. Work with your group to decide what to do.”

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Singin’ The Textbook Blues

As I get nearer to the end of the semester (hard to believe) by necessity I am setting my sights on Spring, 2015. I am bringing a group of students to South Africa during the January Interim and so I must get my syllabi completed early (not my typical modus operandi) before I travel. And that leaves me to face one of my pedagogical demons on what to do about a textbook. Continue reading Singin’ The Textbook Blues