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What is 'academic identity'?

I've heard the term 'academic identity' used a fair amount. Although initially it seemed like a simple concept, there are many papers on the subject and no-one seems to have a concrete definition. Is ...
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What are positive and negative outcomes of requiring Ph.D. students to take a pedagogy course?

My mathematics department (where I am employed as faculty) is considering requiring its Ph.D. students to take a two-semester course in pedagogy and educational theory. All of them also TA lower level ...
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Strategies for teaching with facial aphasia (inability to recognize faces aka prosopagnosia, face-blindness)

I'm a math grad student in my first year, which means that I have not yet taught a class (in my program first years grade or provide one-on-one tutoring for students who struggle in calculus). I have ...
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How does research contribute to teaching, and vice versa?

If research is related to teaching then research could have a direct contributions to teaching. However, if research is not directly related to teaching, then how can each of them contribute to the ...
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Tools for managing and scheduling meetings with students?

My advisor has been very busy and a lot of us hardly get quality time with him. he also acknowledges this and says it is usually very difficult to manage appointments and other commitments. He has ...
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Is it acceptable to use the word “trivial” in lecture?

Suppose you are introducing a new concept, and you start with (what you think is) a toy example. Is it okay to refer to your example as a "trivial problem?" Does this depend on the field and/or ...
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Make Up Tests: Should I alter the questions?

I'm teaching a unit this semester that involves an in-class test. The students will be required to conduct a textual analyse of a video using the themes/unit literature etc to help formulate their ...
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Is it possible for an international masters student to get into teaching role in US Universities on completion

I am from india. I have a strong desire to pursue Masters in Computer Science in USA. I enjoy academia. However, i am sure that i do not want to pursue Phd and also not attracted towards an IT Career. ...
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As an instructor, how to use the first day of class?

I found some relevant advice on the first day of teaching online (e.g. here, here, here, and here). Common themes include setting expectations, motivating the course content, and having two-way ...
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Why might professors in an online masters program give fewer assignments and less feedback than those in an in-person program?

When I was a graduate business student some 20 years ago in a major state university in south central US, my general impression was that almost all professors, with very few exception, were spending ...
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Is there any evidence that students are more likely to watch a video over reading homework?

As background, many of my students fall into the "un-prepared" for university category. This has introduced many challenges. Some challenges are easily handled when a student is sincerely interested ...
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How do you effectively prepare the structure and content of a course for the first time?

I am fresh graduate currently appointed as a Junior lecturer in charge of several subjects, and I've been asked to prepare a course content regarding Android development with a tight deadline. What's ...
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Techniques for good board handwriting

I'm a math TA and I find that my most consistent comment for improvement involved my board handwriting. Anybody have some tips or techniques I can use to make things a little neater on the board? ...
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Is it possible to earn a PhD in mathematics with emphasis in teaching?

I am currently a final year undergraduate, majoring in Pure Mathematics. My aim is to become a Maths lecturer in a university. With this in mind, I need to apply Phd in mathematics in the coming year. ...
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What research shows how assessment design can minimize plagiarism?

This past semester has seen an unusually high number of students plagiarizing in one of the subjects I teach. To be specific, it was five times the previous maximum I had seen. This has lead me down ...
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Do Universities have a right to stop students from talking about questions on tests?

This case in Canada was between students who were complaining about a professor and the school who claimed doing so was misconduct. The school lost because the punishment infringed on students' ...
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How to handle relevant, but disruptive, questions

I've seen on this site several posts about how to handle silly or "trolling" questions, but I recently faced the opposite situation. Several students in a class I'm teaching continuously bring up ...
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What steps can faculty and staff take to promote excellence in, and importance of, teaching?

tl;dr Faculty don't think teaching is as important as their other responsibilities; how do we change that? Long version I've been working in academia for a long time and whenever I see instructors ...
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Effective use of a “learning narrative” assignment in a gen ed science course

This spring I will be teaching a physics course that is new at our school. Titled "Relativity for Poets," it's a nonmathematical freshman gen ed course on Einstein's theory of relativity, and ...
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How to deal with a student who insists on getting a higher grade?

Student presentations were a part of my grading policy in one of my classes. I had a student who tried hard to get a higher grade in the class. But after his poor presentation, he persistently asked ...
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What should I include as “evidence of effective teaching methods?”

I'm in literature and applying for a tenure-track position. One of my job applications is asking for "evidence of effective teaching methods" as one of the documents I am to submit. Does anyone ...
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How may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

University Grants Commission (U.G.C)[ "http://www.ugc.ac.in/"] is the autonomous and statutory body in India, to govern the rules and regulations of the Universities and various other academic ...
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What unforeseen dangers might exist when choosing an open access textbook for a new subject?

I must create a new module (first time to do from scratch). In the past, I've had either existing course descriptions, textbooks, etc. as a base on which to structure a module which is new for me. ...
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Why are [some] professors ambiguous about material that is actually tested on exams?

I've noticed a majority of professors that I have had will tell students something along the lines of, the exam covers Chapters 1, 2, 3, or the exam covers topics X, Y, Z. Sometimes this is ends up ...
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How many “office hours” are common (or standard) for full-time lecturers?

In situations where one teaches purely undergraduate students (20 hours per week, 16 weeks per semester, 2 semesters per year) how many hours per week, and how many weeks per year, are people normally ...
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How to deal with student putting their (home)work on github

While using github for source code is generally something I love to encourage, if a student puts their (computer science) homework there, it's generally easy for others to find and copy - which ...
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How to make students learn prerequisites

Throughout this year (at least some of) my students found it hard to follow the theory part of a computational physics course I thought. This was mostly because they lacked the mathematical ...
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Does it make sense to make exam grading very transparent?

Is it advisable (in terms of the benefit for the students and the work it causes) to make the grading completely transparent to students? I think for instance of publishing the sample solutions for ...
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How can I politely explain to my students that the texts in my course are all in English and it is their duty to read it nonetheless?

Eventually I grew tired of having to explain over and over why all my class material is in English. It's a mandatory course in Art History. I want to put some warning in my syllabus to minimize any ...
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Is it unfair to regrade prior work after detecting cheating?

I teach various undergraduate courses. I make the cheating policies clear on the first day of lectures, check the student's understanding of this with an on-line quiz, and remind students of the ...
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What makes a didactically effective lecture? [closed]

I have made the experience that even the most excellent academics are often didactically mediocre lecturers. I also watched some of last years Nobel lectures and realised many laureates are actually ...
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How to prevent calluses from writing on chalkboard?

I just finished my first semester teaching (I lead two recitation sections for pre-calculus twice a week). It went well, but I've noticed a sizable callus has formed on my right middle finger on the ...
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What happens when a instructor really goofs up a course?

Given how many college courses are taught every academic semester in the world (or even just in the U.S.), it simply must be the case that some portion of the instructors badly goof up their courses, ...
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Options for a teaching position in a liberal arts college in Europe vs US?

I am a 4th year PhD student doing Computer Science in an Ivy League School. During the past months the question of what I want to do once I graduate in the next 2 years seems to absorb most of my time ...
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Good approaches to integrate research and teaching?

There is an effort at my university to promote "research integrated teaching" [Barnett, 2005; Robertson, 2006] which got me thinking about the topic. I generally make an effort to discuss research ...
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Are bibliographies/reference lists generally included in page/word counts?

I regularly assign my undergraduate students papers with a range of expected page/word length (e.g. 10-12 pages or 2500-3000 words). Is there any sort of rule as to whether or not to count a works ...
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Research comparing paper and online student evaluations of instruction

What research exists (point me toward references) that compares the effectiveness, validity, and security (or at least a subset of these) of paper and online student evaluations of instructors? ...
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Encouraging students to be more social with each other via course wall exchanges

I find that students do not always use the course walls to talk to each other. I want to help them be more social, but don't necessarily want to tie this to class participation grades. I want them ...
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Are practical experiences as valuable as academic research experiences?

I'm a non-U.S undergraduate Computer Science student and I want to get admission from an eminent U.S university for M.Sc./PHD. In my experiences, there are lots of practical records. From about 10 ...
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Is it considered plagiarism for a professor to use uncited sources in teaching materials?

I have a professor at my university who uses content from an un-cited textbook that he has never referenced anywhere, including his green sheet (syllabus), as an additional resource. At least some ...
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Getting a Mentor

I'm starting my Maths undergrad and I've been told by several people (other, older students, mainly) that I should really apply myself at getting a "mentor", finding a good teacher/researcher and ...
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To what extent can I use the concept of “God” in a meteorology lecture without offending anyone?

In about a week I'll be introducing the Coriolis effect to a group of about 50 undergrads. This means I'm going to have to at least touch on fictitious forces and frames of reference. These aren't ...
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Teacher takes pictures of students during exams and posts them on social media

There's this teacher who takes pictures of his students during exams, and posts them on social media, with the knowledge of the students. A lot of people enjoy these pictures (including the students), ...
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Should teachers announce the grade breakdown during first class?

I noticed that some teachers announce the grade breakdown in the first class or in the syllabus, while some don't. What's the best practice? If giving the grade breakdown at the beginning is ...
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What to do when other professors place unfair demands on my students?

A recent question asked how students should deal with professors who "think their class is extra special". Putting aside the question of how good students are at judging what an appropriate workload ...
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What to do with teachers who think their subject is “extra special” and gives students too heavy a load?

I've had my fair share of teachers who give so much more load than the previous teachers of the same subject. A whole extra project, much more papers, or exercises, etc. The bigger problem is that ...
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Effective open-ended student evaluation questions

As we reach the end of the semester, the students in my class are being asked to do their evaluation of my teaching, as is common at most universities. As with most evaluations that I know of, I have ...
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Who reads teaching evaluations?

At the end of each semester, usually a month before final exams, my school (in the US) distributes teaching evaluations. What people will read these? Do people only see these after the final grades ...
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What is the purpose of giving grades?

What is the idea behind giving a student a grade? It might sound like a funny question but I'm serious. I ask because in my previous question about disputing a mark, it's hard for me to decide how ...
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Is differentiated instruction permitted by universities?

In primary and secondary school in the US, some teachers will adjust homework so that it is a better match for students. For example, a teacher might give a strong math student more advanced math ...