Here at ProfHacker, we devote about one-third of our posts (and our time) to teaching-related issues and activities. Our posts have covered, among other things, pedagogy, students, colleagues, tips, tricks, books, and lectures. We understand the importance of teaching in higher education. Nevertheless, we are not the only ones who understand it. At ProfHacker, we believe in collaboration in and the sharing of knowledge. Therefore, each month, we publish a roundup of links around the web, links devoted to teaching in higher education. These are the Teaching Carnivals. [You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival's home page. ]
This month the posts are wide ranging. Let’s get started.
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Classroom / Syllabus Policies
- At the Blogora, “Syllabi Bans Against “Prejudiced Comments” provides interesting comments.
- Ellen Bremen asks students about their plans in. “Summer and Fall College Students: Do You Have an Exit Strategy for Your Classes? Rethink It!“
- Ellen also discusses student absences in, “Student Absences: Why What Happened In Vegas Should Have Stayed There.”
- The always provocative, Tenured Radical asks, “Are Students a Captive Audience? Constructive Disagreement and Classroom Politics.”
- Lee Skallerup, ReadyWriting, makes a claim for innovative education: “Innovative Education for Me, But Not for Thee.”
- Spencer Schaffner at Metaspencer shows his students’ final web projects (awesome!): “Website Roundup (roundup of student projects).“
At ProfHacker, we focus most of our teaching-related posts on the teaching of undergraduates. This month, a few interesting posts surfaced about the teaching of graduate students:
- The Blogora reports a question from Facebook about dissertation defense formats.
- 100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School lists reasons why, well, one should not go to graduate school. Reason #60 is appropriate to this month’s Teaching Carnival: “The Tyranny of the Dissertation.”
In the Classroom
- Derek Mueller, at Earth Wide Moth, provides an interesting graphic on the “Composing and Learning Process Linkages.“
- Dean Dad, at Confessions of a Community College Dean, discusses “Making Failure Safe.”
- Dean Dad then wishes to repeal the appeal to authority in “If I Could Have One Wish. . . “
- Lee Skallerup, at ReadyWriting, explains “The Agony and Ecstasy of Teaching Basic Writing” and then discusses “Timed Finals and Doing What You Already Know.”
Delaney Kirk and her students conducted a few interviews in May.
- “Mike Wagner on Personal Branding“
- “Kevin Eikenberry Talks On Intentional Learning, Leadership Strategies, And How To Be Successful.”
Teacherly / Professional Personae
- Derek Mueller at Earth Wide Moth uses a clip of President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondent’s Dinner to explore being “Too Professional.”
- A Ianqui in the Village explores the efficacy of spending money on coffee to maintain professional relationships in “Kaffee Klatch.”
- Ellen Bremen, at Chatty Prof, provides a response when students are frustrated with their professors in, “Frustrated With Your Professor? (Or Anyone?) Try an ‘I.‘ “
- Liana Silva, in a University of Venus column at Inside Higher Education, explains why she’s leaving academia in, “What are You Teaching Next Semester?“
At the end of each semester, professors must contend with grading.
- Dean Dad at Confessions of a Community College Dean, in the “Ask an Administrator” column, discusses, “Final Grade Windows.”
- Janet Johnson writes about “Grading with the iPad.”
- Lee Skallerup, at ReadyWriting, explores “Grade Grubbing and the Loss of Autonomy in the Classroom.”
- Alex Reid, at Digital Digs, offers “Free Advice to Publishers Building Online Composition Instruction Sites.”
- Reid also presents information from a conference presentation on “Gamification in Composition.”
- Dean Dad, at Confessions of a Community College Dean, in his recurring “Ask the Administrator” column, reports on “Reporting Third Party Harassment.”
- Chris Drew, Pocket Literacy Coach, explains “Reading Comprehension Strategies (Developmentally Appropriate Books).”
Interesting Classroom Uses
While we are not linking to specific posts, these three websites are interesting and often have many provocative links, websites, images, videos, or theories that are useful in a classroom:
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For the end of a semester (with all the finals, grading, meetings, commencement), this is quite a bit of blogging. Good job, everyone! But we probably missed a few links.
How about you? Do you have any last minute links you’d like to add to this month’s carnival? Did we miss your work? If we don’t know about you, we can’t link to you. So, let us know what you are up to in the classroom. You can easily have one of your blog posts about teaching in higher education included in an issue of the teaching carnival by doing any or all of the following:
- Email the next host directly with the address to the permalink of your blog post, and/or
- Tag your post in Delicious (or Diigo or other bookmarking service) with teaching-carnival.
Olivera Jokic will compile teaching-related posts for Teaching Carnival 4.11. You can reach her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Keep in mind, that if you don’t send us your posts, we might miss them. So send them on! Lastly, if you are interested in hosting a future Teaching Carnival, please contact Billie Hara (email@example.com / @billiehara) for information.
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