January’s Teaching Carnival is from Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and she blogs at Writing on the Margins. You may email her at webbsusa [AT] gmail [DOT]com.
ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return for a snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms. You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival’s home site. Teaching Carnival 4.5 continues with a new list of interesting links and reads about pedagogy in higher education.
End-of-Semester Reflections on Grades, Exams, and Students:
- The New York Times reports on grade inflation; Cathy Davidson responds.
- Finite Attention Span describes how to use concrete examples when preparing students for a writing assignment.
- Academic Sandbox considers the ethics of crowd-sourcing exam questions.
- Tenured Radical explains why she gives exams.
- Mommy/Prof seeks advice for dealing with a grade conscious student.
- FemaleScienceProfessor posts the results of her Final Exam Excuse Contest 2010.
- Dean Dad offers his thoughts on how to read student evaluations.
- Meagan Rogers feels a discomforting emotion: pride.
- Flavia ponders how to respond to students’ disclosure of personal issues.
- What students and professors know about each others’ lives, at Writing on the Margins.
- Jo(e) shares what her students learned fall semester.
- RhetorRickMightSay, an undergraduate student, concludes that disappointment is a vital part of learning.
Teaching with Digital and Social Media:
- At The Long Eighteenth, Dave Mazella reflects (in two parts) on his use of blogging in an introductory literature course.
- The future of reading and writing is collaborative, according to Heather Chaplin and the Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning.
- Shawn Graham’s first-year digital history seminar explores the meaning of Wikipedia.
- Joseph Ugoretz argues why student projects should be composed for public audiences.
- Bavablog on multimedia projects in contemporary poetry and Asian-American literature courses.
- Women’s and Gender History: An Oral History Project is the culmination of a senior seminar on oral history at the University of Mary Washington.
- Chris Forster brainstorms an assignment that would introduce students to digital humanities research.
- Educators’ usage of technology outpaces their institutions’ policies, according to Study Blue.
Life in Academe:
- Traci Gardner rounds up her top 10 blog entries of 2010.
- In Socrates’ Wake asks, is teaching a calling?
- I Used to Be Disgusted, Now I Try to be Amused bids farewell to the academy.
- “What do we expect from freshmen?” wonders Lee Skallerup Bessette.
- Rachelle Winkle-Wagner at So Educated analyzes the glaring visibility of whiteness in higher education.
- Dr. Crazy on why she does not want to become a department chair.
A few GLEE-type videos:
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:
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Liz Kleinfeld, Professor of English at Metropolitan State College of Denver will compile the next Teaching Carnival (4.6) in February 2011. Please send her your links or information you’d like to have included. You can reach Liz through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments section below. Lastly, if you are interested in hosting a future Teaching Carnival, please contact Billie Hara for information.
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