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Comprehensive general pedagogy workshops for faculty and graduate students.

TA Orientation

Covering best teaching practices and policies

Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) Program

Assessment support for faculty and academic programs.

English Language Institute (ELI)

Support and resources for English language learners and international students.

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Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning

First Year Experience for Faculty Working Group

Do you teach first year students? Then this working group is for you.

 

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Faculty Focus

An Exploration of Student Excuses

I once received a call from a student who told me that he could not make the next day’s exam because he was in jail. He was wondering if he could make it up after he got out. I guess he got his one phone call and used it to call his professor.

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies

There hasn’t been a lot written recently about test anxiety, but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer an issue for a significant number of students. Those of us who don’t suffer from test anxiety—and I’m betting that’s most faculty—can find it hard to be sympathetic. Life is full of tests, and students need to get over it. Besides, if students have studied and prepared, there’s no reason for them to feel excessively anxious about a test.

Questions That Bring Contemporary Context to Past Personalities

Most students find it difficult to think of famous historical personalities as real people. They also read texts without realizing that there are tangible personalities behind them.  I have found one of the most effective ways to give flesh and blood to the past is by designing questions that ask students to bring authors, historical characters, and texts into the classroom.  There are a variety of formats that these questions might take. Following are some that I’ve used and other examples that might trigger queries you could adapt for your courses.

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