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Group Hopes to Map a Faster Path to College Completion

By Katherine Mangan With on-time graduation rates hovering in the single digits in some of its member states, Complete College America on Wednesday will recommend that students step on the accelerator and colleges slam on the brakes when it comes … Continue reading

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The Technology That Could Help More Community College Students Graduate

“Only 20 percent of first-time students enrolled full time at public two-year colleges get an associate’s degree in three years. Could web-based student advising help? Community colleges are good at helping students who have a clear sense of direction. But … Continue reading

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Improve Your PowerPoint Design with One Simple Rule

By John Orlando, PhD We’ve all heard the expressions “Death by PowerPoint” and “PowerPoint-induced coma.” I think we’d all agree that most of PowerPoints stink. Yet after sitting through presentation after presentation that bore us to tears, we turn around … Continue reading

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Moving Students beyond Opinions to Critical Thinking

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/the-instructors-challenge-moving-students-beyond-opinions-to-critical-thinking/ “Critical thinking is defined as a reflective and reasonable thought process embodying depth, accuracy, and astute judgment to determine the merit of a decision, an object, or a theory (Alwehaibi, 2012). Creative thinking involves analysis, evaluation, and a synthesizing … Continue reading

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Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment “This publication addresses key elements of, and questions frequently raised about, the development and use of a set of rubrics for assessment of student learning developed as part of … Continue reading

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Three Teaching Styles By Paul B. Thornton “The most effective teachers vary their styles depending on the nature of the subject matter, the phase of the course, and other factors. By so doing, they encourage and inspire students to do … Continue reading

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An Intriguing Participation Policy

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/an-intriguing-participation-policy/?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2013.10.02%20Faculty%20Focus%20Update “I was looking at participation policies in a collection of syllabi this week. I wouldn’t give most of them high marks—lots of vague descriptions that don’t functionally define participation and then prescribe instructor assessment at the end of course … Continue reading

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