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What is the equivalent of French Travaux Diriges (TD) in Anglo-Saxon Universities ? and who leads them?

I made my predoctoral and doctoral studies in France. Even after a few postdoctoral years in Anglo-Saxon like Universities, I am still lost for some mapping between the French system and the ...
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Effects of Game-based Learning on Motivation for Learning

I found many studies discovering the impact of game-based learning on motivation for learning. For example, these papers You can also find a summary of them in this book chapter. However, it is ...
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Should a programming Instructor urge students to use more efficient practices?

I teach programming, and it is painful to watch my students slowly arrow around the screen, backspace over something, then retype it. It would take less than a second for him to have grabbed his ...
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Relative importance of journal citations compared to classroom performance by academic field

With regard to tenure decisions how drastic are the different weight placed on journal articles compared to teaching ability in the classroom? I know some in the STEM fields that seem narrowly ...
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Why doesn't academia incorporate spaced repetition in higher education?

There are many publications explaining advantages of spaced repetition. I found a summary of some of them here. While a lot of studies show many advantages of spaced repetition, it is not formally ...
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Prob/Stats Teaching talk (tenure-track interview)

I have a tenure-track interview in a prob/stats department (my research area is quantitative finance), and part of the process is a 30-minute teaching talk: "...demonstration of how you typically ...
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How can teachers reduce student suspicions in discrepancies and irregularities of grading?

From experience, many teachers dislike it when students compare grades, but that often shows the discrepancies and irregularities in the grading system. What other methods should teachers implement in ...
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Copyright for lectures, slides and textbook: university or professor?

I'll be starting as an adjunct professor soon at a smaller university, and I'm starting to prepare lectures and slides for teaching there. In the future, I'm also thinking of publishing a textbook ...
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What should a student do about a professor who uses class time poorly?

One of my professors is quite enthusiastic about teaching the subject. He often derives from the main content and gets lost in details vastly beside or beyond the matter at hand - which is ...
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How to get students to highlight academic text more effectively?

When I give students readings (articles, textbooks, etc), they sometimes literally come to class with entire pages colored yellow with a highlighter. I cannot begin to understand how they discern that ...
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Ethics and etiquette, and permissions of posting student work to my online “teaching portfolio”

I want to create an online teaching portfolio on my website, and I want to post examples of student work on my blog and teaching portfolio. What are the ethics and etiquette of posting student work ...
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Reference request for research on images or colors used in quizzes and exams

For my exams and quizzes, I print them on colored paper, and I usually try to make them aesthetically appealing with the design. I include pictures that are usually relevant to the material they are ...
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Is there an Advantage to have a Teaching Statement with References

I will be on the job market, again, next year. I am looking for a position that emphasizes teaching. I wrote a new teaching statement each year for the past two years since I just graduated with my ...
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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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Special Needs student with disruptive behavior (racial slurs towards teacher)

There is a student at a university of a friend of mine who has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a milder form of Autism. My friend, who is a teacher there, has told me that the student mostly does OK ...
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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 also 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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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 may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

The University Grants Commission (U.G.C) is the autonomous and statutory body in India responsible for governing the rules and regulations of the universities and various other academic institutions ...