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Access to Community Colleges in US

I'm a teacher in a Vocational Education school in Spain. In our Vocational Education system, we have two different levels: Vocational High School (post compulsory secondary school) Community College ...
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Handling plagiarism as a TA

To give some background, I am a TA at UCLA for a lab class. They submit their assignments to TurnItIn, which you may know highlights any text pulled from another place. I made it clear that they are ...
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How does accepting a full time lectureship position at a top 15 University affect one's chances of future employment?

I have recently seen several positions titled something like "Senior Lecturer in [insert field]" at top notch universities such as MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc. The job description usually ...
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Automatic analysis of audio recordings of group tutoring wanted to reduce tutor “talk time.”

I occasionally provide training resources to the peer tutoring program on campus. The upper-division tutors meet regularly with groups of lower-division students who are taking large gateway science ...
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Pedagogical reasons for time-limited exams

Reading the various questions about open-book and closed-book examinations got me wondering: Is there any sound pedagogical reason for a time-limited examination (closed or open) at the ...
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Should I answer students' questions immediately or teach them to ask better questions?

I'm teaching an online lab (to accompany an in-person course) to undergrads in their 3rd or 4th year of an engineering curriculum this semester. The aim of the lab is not to teach them any particular ...
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Should final exams be comprehensive?

I teach in the school of sciences and engineering in the university where I work. I have asked professors several times if the final exams have to be comprehensive, and I usually get mixed answers. ...
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What course buiding tools are available for Technology in education (programming, physics etc)?

I have been taking a lot of courses online on programming and also recently took couple of courses in the university and it was amazing with the interactive tools (students could log in to the server ...
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How to make suggestions to professors on how to teach?

This is my first time posting here and I apologize if this is not in the relevant forum or site. My question is: is it possible to approach professors to changing their teaching style? and if so, ...
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How to mark student reports more efficiently

I have been assigned to mark student reports for an engineering coursework, which mainly involves the use of a software. The main content of each report is around 15 pages. There are 45 reports in ...
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“But in the other course this was different!” - How to react on this if the other professor did not follow the rules?

The situation I'm a PhD student and serve as an assistant to several courses. Now, the students were complaining that some rules of our course are not good for them - there are some restriction what ...
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How to effectively evaluate your instructor?

I am a graduate student and going to assess my instructor in a month, with whom I was not very much satisfied. I had been writing the teachers' evaluation in past but didn't see a scintilla of ...
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Good questions for post-class survey

In order to get feedback more quickly, I've seen some teachers run a quick (certainly no more than 5 minutes), entirely optional, anonymous survey for students at the end of each of each class, ...
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How to prove receipt/no receipt of work?

Last term, I collected some important projects from about 200 students. When I returned all of the work the next week, one student claimed that they had submitted their work, but never received it ...
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Understanding an abnormal grade distribution

I have three years of experience teaching as part of a team (many teachers, some with more experience, agreeing on a syllabus and preparing the tests together), but this year is the first time I am ...
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How to address students who do not attend, yet want to keep up with the course?

Recently, some students skipped some lessons without note (within the drop policy limits). I post basic instructions to a course Web site where any student can check, but since these students missed ...
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Introduction to Programming with Pseudocode

In the University in which I will start teaching the course sequence for Programming goes in this way: Algorithms and Data Structures Structured Programming Languages Object-Oriented Programming ...
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Do American universities still use imperial units in teaching?

How much of the teaching content at universities in the US is delivered in imperial units instead of SI? I imagine that industry (e.g. Engineering) is still stuck using imperial units, but research ...
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How to teach programming to first timers at a college level?

I am currently teaching at a local college an Introduction to programming using C#. Most of these students have never had any programming experience. The only prerequisite is an ICT course that ...
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How can I change the assignments in the syllabus in a way that is fair to the students?

In my syllabus there is series of writing assignments that are worth 10% of the final grade. Over the course of the semester there were supposed to be 4 assignments, however as a result of snow days ...
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Is “no late work” a common policy?

When I wrote my syllabus for this term, I added the line "Late work will not be accepted." In the past, I just took off a large percentage of the grade per day, but I became tired of the added work of ...
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Does number of publications quantify the teacher's ability? [closed]

Is the number of publications a good measure of instructor's ability for being a good teacher as well (other than a good researcher)? From my past undergraduate student experience, I found many ...
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Should I reward points for an incorrect answer if it is the result of misinformation presented in a TA's office hours?

So a TA came to me asking for advice. He gave wrong information in office hours leading a student to a wrong answer. The TA showed the student how to solve the problem via the wrong statistical test ...
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lecturing one subject with other lecturer's material

I have been appointed to teach one course in Artificial Intelligence in one university. The reason was that the main lecturer is involved in other duties and for that reason he could not teach one ...
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Good slide design for teaching?

When I am preparing slides for a course (as I have been today, weekend be damned), aside from questions of pacing and exposition, I often find myself asking various questions about the layout of ...
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Is there a Plain English dictionary/glossary for education terminology

I am looking for a plain English dictionary (or glossary) for terms in education. My friend has stated a Math Education degree and is having trouble reading the material (e.g. the lecture slides), ...
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How to tell an over-confident student they still have a lot to learn?

In one of my classes, I had a student who generally understood stuff faster than the others. In tutorials, he would ask a lot of questions, mostly of the kind "I tried this method instead of what ...
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What to do if assignment is against student's religion?

What is the proper course of action if while teaching an undergraduate or even secondary school course an assignment violates the religious beliefs of a student? For a more concrete example of where ...
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How to handle peer evaluations in two person team assignments?

I am teaching a course in which the students complete two group activities. For these activities, I require the students to submit a peer assessment. I planned to use a procedure I had experienced ...
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Should a sessional instructor applicant submit a teaching statement?

I'm currently a grad student and I was wondering if it is common (or good practice) for applicants to sessional instructor positions to submit teaching statements. The positions I'm looking to apply ...
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Is there any reason to not make course details public?

While attending a course sometime back, I recall an instructor saying, "I need to warn (other instructor's name)...their course syllabus is available to anyone!" I do not have access to an LMS for my ...
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How would a small liberal arts college view a PhD from Germany or the UK? Factors other than teaching ops?

Main concern: I am looking at PhD programs in Germany and the UK (vs US programs). Ideally, I would like to end up at a small liberal arts college (I got my BA from one). So I know I want a program ...
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Are the methods used in math-based teaching (including physics, engineering, etc.) substantially different from those used in other areas?

Background: There is currently a proposal for a new Math Teaching site that will be entering private beta once enough people sign up. One question that came up during its question is (basically): Is ...
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What are some good ways to provide computer labs for the students?

Our university provides computer lab rooms for the students. We will soon build some new ones, and possibly re-build some of the old ones, and we are looking for new solutions. What we have now looks ...
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Relation of lecture mandatory attendance and lecture quality

My university recently made a direction that lectures attendance is mandatory. Now my question is, are there any studies that compare mandatory and not mandatory lectures quality? The university is ...
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Without teaching experience, but industry experience, how can I begin teaching at college level?

I have a desire to teach at one of the colleges/universities in my area. I think my experience in industry and my own educational background would be an asset to an IT program. However, I'm finding ...
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How do I 'read the room' and adjust my pace while lecturing?

I am a PhD student. I've never taught a lecture-style course before. I just filled in for my advisor at the last minute, giving a lecture in an undergrad course. I taught from the lecture slides that ...
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Teaching at a community college with a master's degree

I'm interested in teaching a class at the community college level. I'm not interested in it as a career, but rather because I like teaching people about computer science. How likely is it that I ...
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How to sign your email to students, so to avoid their immature behavior?

Or how would you like to be addressed? As a graduate TA, I went by my first name. But I thought that some students were becoming too friendly. They took things for granted (for example, asking for a ...
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Has anybody had any success with a college level “flipped classroom?”

The "flipped classroom" seems quite successful and growing in popularity in high school. Students get their lectures at home from youtube or kahnacademy, write clarifying questions about the material ...
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How can one learn from poor teaching evaluations?

I teach at a large R1 state university, and I just received my teaching evaluations for Fall 2013. Usually I get excellent evaluations, but this time my evaluations for Calculus II were an unpleasant ...
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Evaluate the effectiveness of a set of CS lab exercises for education

I am a PhD student studying wireless networks/telecommunications, and I have developed a set of lab exercises related to the field. We have used them with > 100 students so far in B.S. and M.S. ...
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Teaching a class because advisor bought out and advisor input

The situation is thus: my institution allows professors to buy out of teaching a class. This semester, my advisor has done so and as a result they needed someone to fill in. After discussion with my ...
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How do you deal with trolling students?

This is inspired by the other question about dealing with stupid questions. The popular answers all seemed to assume that the student really wants to hear an answer. While this is a reasonable ...
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“You are paid to answer my questions!” - how to handle silly questions?

How do I handle silly questions? By silly, I mean questions that are unrelated to the material of the course. First, I am a TA. Recently, a student asked me a very silly question at the end of a lab ...
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Online tool for receiving student files

I'm a TA in several modules and one thing I couldn't find yet is a system to help me manage student lab submissions. Most online collaborative tools I've seen do not allow me to, or make it quite ...
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How necessary is research for a collegiate teaching job?

I am finishing up a PhD and looking toward teaching. I have a Masters in Math, Masters in Computer Science and am finishing up a PhD in Computational Science. I am wondering how important research is ...
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Nightmares and frustrations with students' sloppy homework

I have a serious problem with HW usually submitted by students. A considerable fraction of the students are not neat with their HWs. By neat I mean respecting the guide lines I provided them to ...
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Is it ethical to profit by having my students buy my textbook?

This question was suggested to me by How can I sell my text book to my students in e-book format? which asked about the practicalities, but attracted many comments about the ethics. So this question ...
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How can I sell my text book to my students in e-book format?

I would like to be able to sell my text book to my students in e-book format. I know there is the kindle store that takes 65% of the sales price, which is in my eyes too much. Are there any e-book ...