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How was higher education done before the university system?

I know the university system as it is understood today dates at least as far back as the 13th century or perhaps even to the time of Charlemagne, Alcuin of York, et al., but how was higher education ...
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Learning MATLAB and/or Excel for graduate research data analysis: textbook recommendations?

I'm actually asking this question on behalf of a sibling who's pursuing a PhD in Biology. While I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and am "computer-savvy" and experienced in learning programming ...
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How should a class be taught with uneven proficiency of students?

How should a teacher and student cope with a situation like this. I've been studying spanish for about a year and enrolled in a successive course. However, the course starts really early and there is ...
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How to demonstrate excellent undergraduate and graduate teaching capabilities in academic position applications?

It is quite common in almost all position opening announcements in academic institutes to demonstrate EXCELLENT teaching capabilities. For instance sentences like below: Applicants are expected to ...
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What to do in recitation?

Forgive me if this is not the right place to ask pedagogical questions, but it seemed the most appropriate. I am a TA for a programming/CS course. This is my first time teaching recitation and I'm ...
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Are there forum-like collaborative Q&A/Annotation tools out there? [closed]

I’m teaching an introductory programming course using the Moodle platform and I find that the forums are not used as extensively as they could be. Especially, students ask duplicated questions, have a ...
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Is it possible to get an assistant professor position that does not require doing research?

I know the Lecturer position is a purely teaching role (and can even be obtained with just a Master's degree). However, is the Assistant Professor role necessarily tied with research (or can it also ...
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Where to draw the line when giving feedback?

When teaching undergraduates, I find myself trying to balance making them stretch to produce good work and giving them guidance. I must admit in my own undergraduate and graduate studies I rarely if ...
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Things to focus on in a model lesson

A model lesson is a usual element in interviews for the faculty level positions. Normally this is not a full lesson but a 15-minute version which is performed in absence of actual students for just a ...
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Are automated online quizzes effective for formative feedback to students

I would like to increase my use of formative feedback (feedback showing students whether they understand material correctly without impacting their grades) and would like to integrate it with online ...
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When can asking a question during lecture be offensive?

During my masters, I used to ask a lot of questions in class and during the lecture. Whenever I had a doubt I used to ask questions. It was my habit which my undergraduate teachers inculcated in me ...
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How should bathroom breaks be handled during written exams to avoid cheating?

It seems to me that it is impossible to prevent cheating (as in: communicating and getting help from outside) if one allows students to use the restroom during written classroom tests. Excluding ...
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advantages and disadvantages of white-box testing of students assignments?

This is a fork of my question homework-testing-method-for-schools but i'm taking it in another direction. I was asking about a homework testing method that'll encourage students to write better code ...
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homework testing method for schools - how to encourage good practices and design and reduce reliance on proofreading?

I've looked a lot for this kind of question and couldn't find anything, I think the answers here could be helpful to schools. My collage has problems with it's homework testing system and I'd like ...
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How do I encourage learning to an underprivileged group

Some faculty members are required to perform service to the community. Providing free education that improve societal value is one of the many ways to deliver the service. However, we recently are ...
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Do I need to define all forms of cheating in the syllabus?

Every year, students seem to find new ways to "cheat" on the work. Every year, my course policies section grows longer and longer (a full page now) to match the newfound methods. I list all forms of ...
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How to write a teaching statement without any classroom teaching experience?

I have a friend who is applying for teaching positions in biochemistry with no teaching experience. She has a strong research background, with several publications as a grad student and post doc, but ...
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How to motivate students to complete low-point homework?

I teach a course consisting of about 50 assignments. These include readings, many short writing assignments, and group projects. Additionally, students complete 2 large projects as the mid-term and ...
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Are there any available studies on the effectiveness of “learning by teaching”?

There is a study which claims that "learning by teaching" has a 90% retention rate. However, the study is no longer available and it is not clear what kind of research was actually done to support ...
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Is it normal for math grad students to be required to take summer classes to work?

My mathematics department apparently gets pressured by the university to have more people take courses during the summer. We are also encouraged to take on TA responsibilities to make extra cash ...
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What is the best way to respond to students adding teachers to facebook? [duplicate]

As a teacher and a teacher manager, I noticed that the students frequently ask teachers for their facebook names or send them friend requests. I think that students having their teachers' personal ...
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What to do when students bring me questions related to other courses and subjects?

I teach all of the writing courses for one of my college's STEM department. Occasionally, students bring me questions related to their field, e.g. they are doing some project for another course and ...
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Advice: How to prepare myself for Adjunct Teaching

I will be receiving my Masters Degree in MIS this summer. I have a bachelors in Computer Science. I also have 3 years professional working experience. I am interested in teaching as an adjunct at ...
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Examples of teams of teachers?

There was another question In universities, how to team up with your colleagues? which talked about building relationships but what I am really curious about is: Are there any universities which ...
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How to set the threshold below which students get a failing grade in a university-level course?

What criteria (in light of the best practices or teaching experience) should one consider when deciding the passing percentage of the course? (By the passing percentage I mean the grade threshold ...
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Might colleges and universities not consider me for an assistant professor position because I'm a professional tutor in addition to being a teacher?

I'm a physical scientist, having completed both my Ph.D. and postdoc at top 5 U.S. universities. After working in industry for more than 10 years, I decided it was time for a career switch to ...
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Being the right kind of demanding as a college instructor

As part of my work as a graduate student in maths I currently teach a basic second semester calculus course. It seems like every semester I teach, one or two students want some sort of special ...
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Is it dishonest to guess on multiple choice exams?

I have never seen a thing, until recently, like someone not marking a cross on a multiple choice test just because he didn't know the answer. I wonder whether this is a East Asian right-thing-to-do ...
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Which topics to include in a teaching presentation?

I have been shortlisted for a lectureship position. The committee has asked me to present a 10 minutes (!) lecture on teaching game development topics to undergrads. My teaching experience amounts to ...
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Is it ethical/acceptable to give a lighter penalty to students who admit to cheating?

I am at the moment dealing with an academic dishonesty incident in a class I'm teaching (a few groups of students submitting identical code, when the class policy forbids getting help from another ...
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Ethics of conducting research on a class

I'm a repeat Teaching Assistant in a fairly large (100-200 students/semester) core, required CS course at a large, private US research university. I'm very interested in researching what factors ...
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Is an instructor position a possibility to pursue research (semi-)seriously?

I have been offered two positions, in two different countries, and I am trying to determine which one is a better fit. POSITION 1: The first position is as Instructor - a teaching only position - ...
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What are the impacts on learning of allowing students to eat in class?

My school has a recommendation, but not a requirement, not to let students eat during class. I am wondering if I should make this a rule or not for the classes I teach. I am concerned about my ...
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Technique for teaching “unlearning”?

How should one go about trying to teach students to "unlearn" a previous skill/principle they believe is correct but is actually wrong? Hypothetically speaking as a really basic situation, if your ...
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Hard data on students using W's to enhance their GPAs?

I teach at a community college in California, where students can drop a course with a grade of "W" up until the 12th week of the semester. Within the last year or so, I seem to be seeing an increase ...
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How to deal with violence in the classroom (UK)?

After the recent death of 61 year old Spanish teacher Anne Maguire in Leeds today, what is the best way to deal with violence in schools in the UK as it happens? Most schools in the UK do not have a ...
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Can you describe a required online science course that used discussion well?

I am re-designing an introductory biology course for an online summer session - five weeks of hard work for the students. They are mostly lower-division students who are re-taking the class or are ...
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Should teachers be entertainers?

I keep coming across general wisdom of the type, "A teacher has to be a clown". This attitude is gaining traction, e.g. as in this TED talk. This leaves me quite baffled. Thinking back to my own ...
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Differences in student load at liberal arts colleges vs. research universities

Do students at liberal arts universities have 'harder' courses than students at research universities? Computer Science curricula at large research universities have 5 to 6 courses per semester. The ...
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How to offer fair exam retakes?

Within my college, teachers generally allow any student who earned a D or lower on an exam, to retake the exam. While I do not need to follow this policy in my courses, many students expect their ...
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Pedagogy for biology (genetics)

Someone at the biology stack exchange website referred me to this site. In studying for biology courses I feel as though I have to take things at face value. Is there a way to get around this and ...
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Having students scribe lectures

When I'm teaching an advanced graduate class where the source material is drawn primarily from current research papers, there isn't a canonical text per se, and a typical lecture, while loosely ...
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How can we promote better writing skills in academic education?

This question may be too wide or in some perspective perceived as unclear but covers a key issue (for me) in academia, namely, academic writing. Students start their academic career with varying ...
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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. ...