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How to deal with classes that I must cancel due to conference travel?

I will be teaching a course which is made up of 13 weeks of classes in the Fall of 2016. Unfortunately, I will also be travelling in the middle of the semester to a conference in the US from my home ...
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Incorporating Cellphone use in a Course

Most educators have some policy regarding cellphone use in class. Often this policy is "no phones" or "I don't care." I would like to take different approach. I would like to learn of ways to ...
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Makeup exams and posting solutions [duplicate]

Suppose you are an instructor and you have given a (midterm or final) exam. This is a substantial portion of the grade; a student who misses it has little chance of passing the class. (I have in mind ...
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Giving students a complete set of study resources

This is a hypothetical question, as I am not currently in a teaching position :) I am currently making flash cards for Japanese on Quizlet, a flash card service (website & app). The flash cards ...
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Do computer science lab sections still have value for flipped courses?

Many computer science courses consist of conventional lecture sections and lab sections. Typically, the lectures are "passive learning" experiences, and lab sections are where students actively solve ...
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Choosing course reading materials for students

I'm planning (somewhat technical, but not very technical) undergrad courses in the fall with relatively little lecturing in class, primarily using class time for group work and discussion (as ...
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Strategies for getting involved in students' work during labs?

As a TA I conduct computer laboratory classes (the lecture is conducted by one of the professors). These are part-time studies, so labs take place during weekends, 3 clock hours each. Some students ...
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How to counteract poor academic instruction and demanding workload at German university?

I am an undergraduate student at a university in Germany. I already hold a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field from a university abroad, and I also have a solid secondary school background with ...
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Private Git repositories for students, that don't become public later

Short version of my question: Is there a good way to provide students with free, private, Github-like git repositories, that won't become public later? Background: In computer science, it is ...
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While teaching how should I give justice equally to both female and male students?

I am 27 years old unmarried male teacher. I have been a teacher (lecturer) for the last 6 months in an Engineering institution. My students are 4 to 5 years younger than me. The problem is that while ...
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design student assignments

In a recent interview, I have been asked how to design assignments for an undergraduate course on computer science. Based on my previous TA experience, I did help my supervisor to design students ...
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How to ask good question at the end of lecturer interview

I interviewed yesterday for a lecturer position at computer science. At the end of my interview, the Head of School asked me if I have any questions to ask them. This is my first time to interview, ...
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Is it ethical to include additional material in lecture notes if students buy them

For most of the undergraduate courses I teach, I also prepare lecture notes and students usually buy a printed copy at a copy shop at the university. Sometimes I think it might be beneficial for the ...
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How to motivate students to do readings

I am planning on teaching a couple of math-y classes next semester that will involve a large amount of in-class group work and discussions, and relatively little lecturing. There will be required ...
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How to write a contract as a visiting professor?

Preliminaries I got an invitation by a university to be a visiting professor in the summer term this year. I will do this non-profit, since it will be overseas, not in a western country, and the ...
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How to prepare lessons as a visiting professor?

Preliminaries I got an invitation by a university to be a visiting professor in the summer term this year. I will do this non-profit, since it will be overseas, not in a western country, and the ...
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How to effectively balance research, teaching and project work? [duplicate]

Starting from the upcoming semester besides my research for the PhD, I will also have to work on a loosely related project (w.r.t. my research), and do teaching as well. I am overwhelmed from this. ...
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How to deal with an unprepared professor?

For one of my classes (upper-level), the professor seems to be quite unprepared for the class. More specifically, As they openly disclose, they haven't looked at the course material in many years ...
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How do I count discussion and recitation units in a class that has used those units for lecture

The chemistry departments in our district are trying to comply with CA-State unit standards. Currently, we teach 6 hours of lecture a week (3 of those are discussion and recitation which are mixed ...
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How to complete laboratory courses after building fire?

A couple of weeks ago there was a fire in my department. While it only directly affected one research lab, the whole building is currently closed due to safety reasons while the place is cleaned. The ...
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How many graduate credit hours are generally required teach in a department?

I've heard some conflicting reports on this, but in general, how many graduate credit hours are required to teach in a department or secure a professorship in it? I'm an interdisciplinary PhD ...
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What do polarized student evaluation results say about my teaching?

I taught my first class last quarter. The results for evaluations are very polarized. The raw data shows that my scores are either very high or very low for a majority of items. That implies some ...
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Why do educators use curve to adjust the performance?

It bothers me when I tries to remember how many highschools or universities use curve to adjust the final grade for their student based on the class average. I know failing the entire class would be ...
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Politely asking a teacher I don't get along with to “hurry up”

I'm starting an internship as part of my bachelor in Bioinformatics study (in the Netherlands bachelors and masters are sometimes separate) and I have some trouble communicating with my teacher. ...
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Why are (university-) teachers examiners at the same time?

For most university classes I have come across, the professor teaching the class is also responsible for making (and usually grading) the exam, or holding an oral exam. As far as I can tell this is ...
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Expecting students to use a code base that is known to be buggy? [closed]

Suppose an instructor is teaching a course on a particular field in computer science. He uses a language that is popular for said field, but itself is not the topic of the course (though its use is ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of rotating professors to teach subjects not in their areas?

It seems that many universities are rotating professors who teach a subject. I was talking with a friend and he mentioned that as a result of this, he is struggling with a professor who is teaching a ...
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How to Estimate Times for Projects in a Programming Workshop?

I am going to be teaching a workshop on Julia for data science and scientific computing soon. I came up with a plan that has a lot more than we will be able to do (just in case), but was wondering ...
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Leadership Ph.D alternative

(asking for a friend) I'm currently teaching at an undergraduate institution with a Masters in leadership. However, for accreditation purposes (and making the higher-ups happy) they want me to get a ...
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What can be done about a professor who doesn't seem to know what they're doing? [closed]

Maybe I'm just frustrated and nothing can really be done (or nothing that will affect me). But anyway... I'm taking an upper level course (an elective directly related to my major of Computer ...
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How far should I help students with learning extracurricular skills?

I am currently a teaching assistant for both master and PhD students. Part of my work included helping and supervising them during several lab experiments (physics). One task of the lab experiments is ...
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How to deal with the wealth of “help” available for programming assignments?

I teach programming, and I myself learned mostly self-taught about 30-35 years ago (pre-internet). I learned mostly by thinking things through and trying out alternate solutions. It never occurred to ...
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Is it better to NOT have an RA, and instead be doing a TA for the first couple of years of PhD?

I am a first year PhD student intending to work in convex optimization and its applications. I don't have an advisor yet, so I am still TA-ing. I had a long talk with a very helpful senior grad ...
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How does closing down a department affect a PhD student?

How does closing down a department affect the value of a PhD and your later academic career? If someone has joined a university for a PhD in transportation, and that department is closed down, and ...
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Is it true that if you can't teach it you didn't learn it? [closed]

I have heard people say that if you can't teach something, then you didn't learn it. Is this true? I feel like teaching and understanding/learning are two different things but I'm not entirely sure.
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How to get a “teaching letter” when I don't want my department to know I'm looking for a job?

I am currently a tenure track faculty in a college and I plan to look for a position somewhere else. A problem is that, I can not get a teaching letter from my department (in fact I would like to keep ...
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How can you change a bad course run by somebody else?

I am a (very) junior post doc in a prestigious university, and for the last three years I have taught a first-year undergraduate level course on statistics, designed to be taken by biochemists. By ...
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If I believe a student lacks the preparation to pass, what should I say to them? [closed]

I'm an Advanced Level math teacher in my country. I teach two courses Pure and Applied. Its duration is 3 years. At the end of three years, there is one exam for the whole three years. Only 1200 ...
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Why is it reasonable to believe that this student handed in a term paper from another class?

I have a student who has handed in a term paper from another class, only changing the title page, and he claims that he only put the due date for the current course's term paper on the cover sheet of ...
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Does students asking questions in class improve the learning outcome of the entire class?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at whether / to what extent students asking questions in class improve the learning outcome of the entire class? I am most interested in computer ...
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In case of in-lecture quizzes, is it unreasonable to fail students who are late or absent?

I am teaching a large undergraduate class this semester. One day a week (same day every week) we have a quiz. The syllabus doesn't specify at what moment of the class period the quiz will be given. It ...
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How do I inspire my students to work through problems on their own?

I recently took up a job at my Alma Mater as an adjunct professor teaching an undergraduate embedded systems course. Due to the nature of the school, and this being my first teaching assignment, I ...
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How to deal with a student who most likely has a mental condition, and keeps arguing with me in class?

I am a TA for an introductory computer programming course at a university in the US. There is one student in particular who, during lecture, will argue with me about every point I make, which eats up ...
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How can I ask a teacher to follow the textbook more closely?

This term I'm taking a (graduate) course which is crucial for my degree. The teacher's plan for the course is quite ambitious and all along he's been following the structure of a given text, but he ...
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How to react professionally when you receive a complaint from a student

I got a surprising email from the department chair today, saying that one student has made a complaint against me. It seems that he felt that my tone in an office hour was mocking, and felt ...
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How to manage very weak students presenting problem solutions?

In some of my more advanced classes, I have students present solutions to problems on a rotating basis. Not all solutions are perfect, but for almost all students this goes okay. However, sometimes ...
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Why would new teachers' grade distribution consist of more As and Fs than more experienced teachers'?

Three students came to my office hours and told me that they are straight As but for some reason are failing my class. I have 14 students who got A- and A. 11 are in 80s range, 9 got 70-77, and 9 in ...
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Should I agree to teach a class for my supervisor even though I don't get any acknowledgement for it?

I'm not contractually obligated to teach in my postdoc position, but she just asked me as a favor... I don't mind of course, but I'd rather be formally acknowledged as co-teaching on the syllabus, ...
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When teaching, which question types are effective for stimulating deep processing of the material in students?

In our university, we have a discussion about different question types to use in a module in our Electronic Learning Environment called 'self-tests'. We use this module to stimulate active processing ...
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Is it fair to withhold test and assignment memorandums at tertiary educational institutes?

I have a module at university that broadly covers data structures and algorithms. The subject coordinator of said module simply refuses to supply any feedback or opportunities to students that want to ...