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What is the point of a lecture when you have a textbook?

I never really understood the point of having a course with lectures when the course has a textbook. Sometimes the subject is so high-level or specialized or so modern that the contents are changing ...
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Having students scribe lectures: can the instructor choose any license?

For each lecture of a course, a couple of students are assigned to scribe the lecture, as part of the course requirements. Can the instructor choose any license he wants for the scribe notes? E.g. CC ...
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Is it bad practice to use examples from textbooks in your in-class teaching?

When preparing lectures on problem solving related topics for undergraduate, I sometimes wonder if it is a bad practice to use examples from the textbooks. Will students think the instructor is lazy ...
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How to get better at teaching from the board?

As a student, I almost always prefer when instructors use the board, rather than slides. As a relatively inexperienced instructor, though, I keep reverting back to slides (unless I'm working out ...
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How do I comment the code I wrote for a course I am lecturing in?

I am an assistant professor for a course on audio signal processing (for engineers) and I often write snippets of code to try to help the students follow the material. In addition, I get to lecture ...
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Professor that refuses to fail students - should I talk with him?

I am an instructor and the head of my department is a professor that refuses to fail students. I found out about this situation through multiple semesters where students would complain about this ...
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How to make lessons more concrete for undergraduate students when my institution lacks lab facilities?

I have question related to teaching. I don't have facilities for doing real time applications for my undergraduate students related to automatic control design (like inverted pendulum), and the ...
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What non-research activities are most valuable when applying for faculty positions in mathematics?

I am asking this question for two reasons: first to work on activities to strengthen my CV for the future, and second to write a plan for professional development activities as part of a grant ...
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How to find the right balance between a challenging and an enjoyable mathematics exercise session?

Next semester, I will be leading exercise sessions in a first year course of mathematics. More precisely, the course is Linear Algebra and the audience consists of young, first year undergraduate ...
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Giving back to my undergrad program

So, I'm starting up a small business (a software shop) and as far as I'm concerned, that puts me in the 'giving back' phase in my life. One thing that I'd like to do is help my alma mater improve its ...
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What level of computer skills should a university instructor expect students in a business class to have?

This questions has been bothering me for some time as I had to fail a student as you'll see later on. I am hoping that another SE member has seen a student or may have even been a student like this. ...
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Would you discourage your undergrad from taking a year off to work on a self-devised project?

The student is in fourth semester and wants to learn about a certain technical field on his own and try out a more complex project on that knowledge. The project idea is unique, but unlikely to be ...
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Career options after teaching oriented position

How commonly do professors at predominantly undergraduate institutions transition to different lines of work? What do they wind up doing? I have a PhD in mechanical engineering and I focus on ...
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want to teach but not do research [closed]

In Mathematics, where every university teacher is expected to do research I find it very difficult to do research without any motive. I keep thinking "this is a useless thing" If there are like minded ...
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What to do about negative teaching evaluations during job interviews?

This past year I taught two undergraduate freshman-level required religion courses (one in the Fall and one in the Spring) and the teaching evaluations from students were rather average-to-poor. These ...
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How much does video broadcasting on youtube benefit you academic life?

Recently, I was working on implementing a new optimization approach to publish a paper. Additionally, I've also implemented the other famous existed methods in the area in order to demonstrate the ...
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Should I cater to student interests?

I am a tenured full professor in the humanities, teaching at an elite liberal arts institution. Currently our department is struggling to attract majors and student scholars in our particular ...
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What is the role of research in liberal arts college faculty evaluation?

Lately, I've been wondering why institutions with a primary emphasis on undergraduate education (e.g. liberal arts colleges) value research output amongst their faculty. This is not intended to ...
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Direction to university level instruction [closed]

I am a senior in computer science and I have tutored courses in Math and CSC/CIS for the past two years and I enjoy it and studying research (aka reading industry evaluations and research essays that ...
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A student posted my lab materials as a “project” on Instructables, and hid its origin as a lab assignment. How should I address this?

TLDR: A student posted my lab assignment as a “project” on Hackster.io and Instructables. His posts hide its origin as a lab assignment, in which a lot of the materials (texts, circuit diagram and ...
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Knowing that most students submit assignments right around the deadline, is it advisable not to set deadline that is very late at night?

Like many on this site, I use a Moodle-type online Content Management System to give assignments to my students, and receive the finished work for grading. This is in a traditional context where the ...
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What incentives have professors to teach a large class (vs. a small class)?

I am wondering about what incentives professors have to teach a large class (vs. a small class). To put it differently, when a professor is assigned to a class, what motivates him/her to attract ...
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Anonymous Student Feedback: Moving forward from abusive comments

I'm looking for some guidance from some senior/experienced academics situated in the teaching space. As a relatively new lecturer (though I have some experience in lecturing in the past) I'm always ...
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What makes an online course a valuable learning experience for a student?

I just taught my first course that finished last week and I was asked to teach the same course for next semester. The only difference is that this time I will be teaching the course online. I have ...
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Is there any point in handing back exams ordered by grade?

Back in France I had a few teachers handing back exams in order from the highest grade to the lowest grade, and I recall there was some tense suspense, especially for for the people at the bottom of ...
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Incentives to read for seminar/discussion course

I'm preparing to teach an introductory course and to teach the content through assigned reading and viewing of A/V materials plus seminar-style discussion. This approach won't work if students don't ...
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Is it useful to include my teaching experience in primary school when applying for lecturer position

I've just finished my master degree recently, and now looking for job, lecturer, in some university. However, I found that my teaching experience is very limited. Is it a good idea to include my ...
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How are “workshop style” lectures conducted?

Descriptions of graduate (and advanced undergrad) courses sometimes indicate that the lectures are going to be conducted in a "workshop style". I am unsure what a "workshop style" lecture entails and ...
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Are IPython Notebooks code or slides? (for licensing purpose)

I prepared a short tutorial in IPython Notebook and want to release it on an open license. However, as it is something between code and slides, I do not know if Creative Commons licenses are suitable ...
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What are academic resources that provide open source lecture notes? [closed]

I have just answered a similar question on ResearchGate website and thought that it could also be beneficial for the Academia.SE community to share my answer here as well (as a wiki). Obviously, ...
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How to keep track of attendance and student-submitted excuses for absences?

I will be teaching an introductory class, in which attendance is important, with approximately 60 students in 3 sections. I'd like to have a system that: Enables me to quickly mark whether a ...
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Is there a standard of professionalism in academia requiring me to hide self-harm scars if I'm otherwise comfortable leaving them exposed?

I'm a student intending to stay in academia, and I'm reaching the stage where I've begun to TA classes. If all goes well I'll be teaching courses for the rest of my career, so I want to make sure I'm ...
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There is some indication that I am not that good at teaching – should I still strive to become a professor?

Since I was an undergraduate I have been a tutor many times, either a drop-in tutor or a private tutor. However, somehow these students politely turned away from me for reasons I do not know. In all ...
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Are Stack Exchange sites good pedagogical tools?

It seems like Stack Exchange sites would be a great resource for real-world open-ended research-and-answer projects. E.g., as a teacher I might select one or several recent good questions from an ...
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Does it matter where you get your teaching certificate? [closed]

Does the institution you receive your teaching certificate from significantly affect your ability to get a job teaching? And are online teaching certificates legit?
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Math teaching job after PhD in the United States for a foreigner

I am currently at the beginning of my math PhD career at university in the U.S. after getting higher and college education in Europe (where I am from).I have always liked teaching and math, but I'm ...
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What do the abbreviations 2:2, 2:1, or 3:2:3 mean in terms of teaching loads?

I often see people abbreviate faculty teaching loads ("course loads") as 2:2 or 3:2:3 or 2:1. Sometimes a note such as "3:3 with 2 preps" is added. What do these abbreviations mean?
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How do you control which websites students can access in class? [closed]

Does your school allow you to configure any settings to control which websites or apps students can access over wifi when in class? If so, how does it work?
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How to deal with a student who talks too much in my class? [closed]

I am teaching English for Employment course; it usually to takes 2 months for entire course. This semester I have a student who is talking too much in the class and for anything that I teach he has ...
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How to attract good teachers to a young university? [duplicate]

I won't go into much detail, but I work at a young private university at a non-managerial position. The uni has a strong need for better teachers and more adequate students. In my opinion, a viable ...
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Evidence that 'spoon-feeding' is bad or otherwise for learning

What research has investigated the influence of 'spoon-feeding' on learning? By 'spoon-feeding' I mean providing extensive information about topics that will be assessed. This related question ...
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Formal pedagogical knowledge

Considering that sooner or later I will, hopefully, be able to teach formally at a university level, I'm curious about the following. While I do have pretty decent (some people, even, say, very good ...
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What is the proper way to judge the quality of education of a university?

Why do Russian and Israeli universities score low in various world rankings? In this question, most of the answers more or less stated that, rankings of universities available on the net are kind ...
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How to attract student attention in difficult/technical topics

When teaching, at some points I sometimes have to go over "boring" technical stuff. By doing so, I see students attention decreasing: they look at their mobiles, at their laptops or, in lab ...
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How much study material is enough?

Arguably the most time-consuming component of teaching is preparation of study material (especially when in comes to a fresh lecturer of a new module). First of all, every presentation should have ...
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A career focused on teaching

I'm currently an undergraduate student at a university in Canada. Over the past couple of years, it has become very clear to me that I want to pursue teaching as a career. My issue is that the level I ...
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Teaching Multiple Subjects

I plan to do my PhD in Computational Linguistics in the near future. As one would imagine, it requires a bit of knowledge in Computer Science as well as Linguistics. Particularly, I enjoy French and ...
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Handwritten presentation slides?

Since it takes a lot of time to type presentations out using Beamer, PowerPoint, etc. (I need lots of equations) I have been thinking of shifting to handwritten slides (example). Does anyone here ...
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On discrimination in retake exams

I'm experiencing a practice at my university where the overall number of students who would pass the exam is adjusted based on how many students passed the first exam, so the retake exam contains ...
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Electronic Assessment / Submission for questions where each student should have a different correct answer

I am looking for software that will automatically assess the output of student assignments, or at least the numerical parts of them. This is for a large class of >100 students and multiple ...