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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 ...
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Advice for first time TA in mathematics

I recently committed to taking a mathematics TA position which begins in a couple of months and entails a weekly exercise class and the correction of problem sets handed in by students. This is my ...
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I feel like my teacher is disrespectful towards me in the most subtle, Japanese way possible. What should I do?

It's hard to pin down, but every time I ask a question in Japanese class, my teacher tends to do this long pause. Sometimes she'll look around the class as if to say "What does anyone else think?" and ...
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In teaching evaluation, does the number of students a faculty teaches matter? [closed]

Does it matter if a faculty member teaches a small class or large class? Does anyone cares about the size of the class or only the number of classes the faculty teach each semester?
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How to determine which college textbooks are most widespread?

I've come to realize that there's a specific pretty basic topic at the level of college algebra/precalculus which is given competing, contradictory definitions in different textbooks (link). And this ...
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What are the pedagogical and institutional implications of implementing a Lecture Capture system?

My university is about to roll-out a Lecture Capture system (Panopto in this case), and I am in the business of promoting and supporting it. In case it makes a difference, I am in the UK. I suppose ...
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What if a lecturer has to use the bathroom while on stage?

If a student has to use the bathroom, s/he may simply politely and quietly excuse him/herself for a few minutes. But is there any established etiquette for what an instructor is to do when nature ...
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How important is it to show students an application of the topics seen in an undergraduate course?

I am currently designing a proof-based Math course for my University. I already designed and ordered all of the theoretical content in the course and included some ad hoc exercises for practicing each ...
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Loss of an exam day in a four-week class

A friend of mine is a mathematics professor at a college in the southeast United States (where they're currently expecting significant snowfall) and just asked an interesting question that I'm ...
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How to describe teaching experience on an Industry Resume

Does anyone have any advice for how to describe teaching experience on an industry resume? Based on this question we all think it is valuable, but how would you frame it if you were applying to a job ...
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Why do some MOOCs close their enrollment?

I have noticed that quite frequently MOOCs close their enrollment, and content is made available only for students who are enrolled. Why? Example:
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What's the deal with grade inflation? [closed]

A while back, there was a question on here about plagiarism. One statement in particular struck me: The foundation of academia is production and dissemination of knowledge [...] Likewise, since it ...
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Assignment due dates

Last term I taught a large undergraduate course. I had assignments (online) due a week after we finish a chapter. There were two minor problems with this. The first was that I had to deal with ...
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Unsatisfactory Instructor Evaluations: balancing of expectations of engineering students

I teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in mechanical engineering at a research oriented university in the United States. I am a teaching track professor and my sole responsibility, on which ...
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Teaching load in the Swedish academic system

I've been offered a teaching position for the Spring semester at a Swedish University. The teaching load is 220 hours and they suggested that I should be hired by the hour. Does any of you know how ...
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What to do with students who kissed each other in the class?

Two student just kissed each other, in public, in front of the other students and me (as the lecturer), in class! Should I report the case to the administration?! What am I supposed to do? I'm a ...
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What are the implications of the whole class failing an exam?

I am an MSc student and in my class are 10 people. The module has been taught exceptionally poorly and as a result none of us can see ourselves passing the module. The exam is in two days time. By ...
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How do the advantages of a flipped classroom overcome timing issues?

This may be an issue of me not understanding the university/college teaching approaches in other countries. It was prompted by this question about student complaints - How to adopt flipped classroom ...
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Ethics: Having students use my referral link for a product used in the classroom?

I was using a Web service I particularly like the other day, and noticed that they have a referral program. (More specifically, UsabilityHub, but the details of the service itself aren't important.) ...
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How can a PhD student seeking to transfer to another PhD program prove his/her research skills when his job is mostly teaching?

Suppose that our friends Alice and Bob are both academicians (academician: a member of the faculty of a college or university) in universities A and B respectively. University A requires a lot of ...
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Teaching at University (pathway 3 and teaching-oriented positions)

In England, in principle, there are three pathways to Professorship, or in general to teaching permanent positions at Universities. The third one is for academic staff whose responsibilities are ...
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PGCE usability and validity abroad

My two questions are about the English PGCE (in my case, I would be interested in Physics). 1) I did a bit of research online (and also know the Italian and French education system from direct ...
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What it takes for a Math department to develop a minor program in Statistics? [closed]

What it minimally takes for a Math department to develop a minor program in Statistics? Do the department require to have a major in area X to have a X minor? Edit: How many courses at minimum does ...
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How to react to a student who provides very critical comments about your teaching in a student evaluation survey?

I am a teacher in an institute and I teach English as a foreign language to students in an 8_week session. At the end of each session, the students are required to give their opinion about the class ...
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Taking a math teaching job at a local 4-year college,

I have had some discussions with a director of mathematics at a local 4-year college, and he has verbally offered me a teaching role. We've gotten closer, and he has sold it pretty aggressively to ...
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Have you used such grading policy in your teaching?

I have seen a grading policy for a course with two midterms. Under this policy, if a student scores better in the second midterm than in the first one, the first test will be "forgiven" and the weight ...
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Can you teach in higher education with a master's degree?

I have a Bachelor's degree in journalism, and I'm starting a Master's degree program next year. I'd like to teach in a university - is it possible to do so with only a Master's?
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How has academic research on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) improved MOOCs?

It seems that the number of more academic papers on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) surpasses the number of MOOCs. How has academic research on MOOCs improved MOOCs?
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Recovering your energy after back-to-back teaching

This past fall I taught three lecture courses back-to-back-to-back on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Although I enjoyed it, and felt I did a good job of it, I felt physically exhausted ...
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What proportion of course material mastery should we consider is “passing?” [closed]

What proportion of course material mastery should we consider is "passing?" In the US a typical grading rubric is A = 90%-100% B = 80%-89% C = 70%-79% D = 60%-69% F = below 59% As a professor I ...
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Posting Teaching Videos on Personal Website

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student in the US. I recently gave a talk in an undergraduate mathematics seminar at my university, and one of my friends in attendance offered to record ...
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A student in my course does well on exams, but doesn't do the homework: Go easy on them, or make them “pay the price?”

I have a student in my course that does well on the exams, and his answers to the exam questions show a deep understanding of the material. However, this student has not been handing in the assigned ...
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Are we mere facilitators of glorifed correspondence courses?

Recently, I’ve noticed a few popular comments that got me thinking. The first were left on this question, asking: What are some good ways to keep students coming to lectures? One comment reads: ...
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What is “technology in the classroom” that so many job applications ask for?

I am applying for academic mathematics positions, and I noticed that a few job applications ask for experience using technology in the classroom. What use of "technology" in the classroom are these ...
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How to deal with a professor that continuously dismisses student questions?

I'm taking a distributed systems course at a well known university in the U.S. I've noticed my professor has three primary forms of responding to student questions during his lecture: Immediately ...
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End-of-semester course activites

I am nearing the conclusion of my first course as an adjunct instructor and I'm searching for some useful and engaging activities for reviewing the semester's content as a group. This is a required ...
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Catching small errors in lecture materials

I'm a Ph.D. student in linguistics and a relatively new course instructor. My understanding of the material is not in doubt. But I'm doing a really poor job of catching small errors. Even when I check ...
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What is the difference between “enabling”, “remedial”, and “developmental” courses? [closed]

In particular, what differences are there in how these three things are taught? Is the terminology regional?
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What are some good ways to keep students coming to lectures?

Having taught calculus for several semesters, I've noticed that the number of students attending lectures are gradually declining (especially for the 9am session). I would not be worried if they have ...
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What is the role of a teacher (of mathematics) at university?

Until now I've been completely focussed on research. I did serve as teaching assistant on some occasions, but I must honestly admit that I didn't give it much thought and my only concerns have been: ...
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How to intervene in a course that is failing to meet expectations?

All MA students in my graduate program (social sciences) are required to take a course titled 'Thought and Theory'. Ostensibly, the course should serve as an in-depth introduction for students to the ...
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What did Universities use in lectures before they starting using PowerPoint?

On my 'quest' to understand how universities have changed over the past decade(s), I'm curious as to how teaching in lectures was done before the days of PowerPoint (which as an undergraduate is ...
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What questions should I ask to find out originality of students’ work?

As a TA, I should review undergraduate students’ works, containing reports and computer codes in order to find out whether plagiarism or cheating occurred or not. I tried to use online and offline ...
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How to organize course component when there are a lot of students? [duplicate]

I am teaching a university maths module, which is currently taken by approximately 300 undergraduates. By the way, I am teaching in Asia. Due to the number of undergraduates, tutorial classes are ...
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Can a course title be similar to a book name or a course at other university?

Is there any issue with using a course title that is similar to a book title or a course at other university, or it would be better to have a unique name?
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How to encourage students to answers questions from other students posted in Q&A online places dedicated to the classroom (e.g. Piazza)

How can an instructor or teaching assistant encourage students to answers questions from other students posted in private Q&A online platforms dedicated to the classroom (e.g. Piazza), put aside ...
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Professor sleeps in class and makes cheating easy

I’m a senior in my final year of a B.S. degree in Engineering in the United States. One of my professors is in a geriatric state (he is not tenured). His class is largely themed around student ...
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Do teaching an advance course helps in evaluation and tenure? [closed]

Do teaching an advance course helps in promotion or it does not matter?
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Can different departments offer similar courses?

Some courses at different departments are very related in content. Is it fine or a university should offer 1 specific course across all departments?
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Is it appropriate for my professor to include gender offensive material that is unrelated to the class subject matter in the course notes?

My accounting professor created a large binder full of notes for us to use instead of an actual textbook. He created it, and since he's the head of the accounting department at my university, he has ...