A Higher-Education Rebel With a Cause

Sarah Short, who has taught some 44,000 students over a half-century at Syracuse University, wants to see more classroom interaction.



The Next Great Hope for Measuring Learning

Thirteen states are using a common tool to evaluate how well their students write, calculate, and think. Can this effort paint an accurate portrait of academic quality?



How One Professor Will Turn Wisconsin’s Higher-Ed Philosophy Into a Seminar

This fall Chad A. Goldberg will teach students the significance of the "Wisconsin Idea," a longstanding principle in the state-university system’s mission statement that was almost overturned last year by the governor.


More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low

Only 6.6 percent of faculty members are "very aware" of open educational resources, a survey found, and many say they can’t find such materials, although their use in introductory courses is ticking up.



How One English Professor Plans to Turn Melania Trump Into a Teachable Moment

Terri Coleman, an adjunct at Dillard University, says the apparent plagiarism by the wife of the Republican nominee will make it onto her syllabus.



How One Professor Is Trying to Paint a Richer Portrait of Effective Teaching

Philip B. Stark found that student evaluations of teaching can be tainted by gender bias. He’s spearheading an effort among his peers to rely on those evaluations less, and to use other methods instead.



The Making of a Teaching Evangelist

How Eric Mazur came to realize that the traditional classroom lecture had to go.



What Should a Major Teach? ‘Adrift’ Authors Offer Answers

A book edited by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa describes a two-year, faculty-led project to define the main ideas and practices at the core of six popular disciplines.



Carol Dweck Says Theory of Educational Mind-Set Is Often Misunderstood

In an interview, the Stanford professor also shares some of her latest ideas about how to help students push forward when they have setbacks.



How Colleges Are Turning Their Racist Pasts Into Teaching Opportunities

In keeping John C. Calhoun’s name on a college, Yale University says it welcomes the chance to teach American history. Here’s how that has worked out on three other campuses.


Dissecting One (Extremely Boring) College Lecture

Three teaching experts offer color commentary on a classroom scene, and discuss the pros and cons of this enduring teaching format.



What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers

Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A "learning assistant" in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.



Why Do Colleges Still Use Grades?

Pretty much everybody agrees that grades are not an effective measure of learning. So what are they good for, and what might be better?


UNC Gives Professors a Way to Rate Classroom Technologies Across Campuses

The new online-technologies commons will help faculty members find tools to use in their classrooms, and yield insights on which lead to positive student outcomes.



Time to Take Off Your Disciplinary Blinders

Winter break is the perfect time to see what you can learn about teaching from other fields.



Let It Breathe

How I stopped "over-efforting" in my teaching and learned to let both myself and my students breathe.



When a 'Call to Action' Called My Classroom Out

As a professor at Claremont McKenna College, I was grateful when student activists sent faculty members a list of campus microaggressions and acts of bias. Then I learned that my course was on that list.



Can the Student Course Evaluation Be Redeemed?

Amid mounting critiques of the surveys’ reliability and validity, a nonprofit group in Kansas has crafted an alternative.



For Students, Expectations About Academic Rigor Are Far From Universal

About half of all freshmen say their courses pushed them to do their best work, according to this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement.


How 4 Missouri Professors Are Teaching About a Free-Speech Furor

A professor drew widespread scorn for trying to block reporters from covering the unrest that recently gripped the campus. Some faculty members are raising the incident in their classrooms.