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Ways to Allow Innovative Thinking In a Setting Favoring Conformity? [closed]

While conformity has it ascribed advantages, there are disadvantages, for example, to quote from this source, to quote: Conformity doesn’t encourage change in the world. Although conformity in ...
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Replying to students' emails or ignoring irrelevant questions

I started teaching this year and what surprises me is how often students will just send you emails asking about stuff that I feel they should figure out by themselves. For instance, they will email me ...
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Encouraging questions during lectures yet handling particular student asking too many questions

I teach an advanced engineering undergrad class online and typically I love and encourage students to ask questions both by unmuting as well as over chat. I have never had this problem in earlier ...
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Group Versus Individual Assignments

Every spring (including the spring about to start), I teach an honors course that normally has an enrollment of about 25, with 15 to 20 of those coming from the top few percent of our students and the ...
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How many new ideas should notes or teaching material contain?

This video states that our brains can only hold 4 to 5 new things in working memory at any one time. If so, should notes or teaching material contain only 4 or 5 new ideas too?
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What's a good tool to help students perform peer review as a graded assignment?

I am teaching an academic writing course for grad students and part of the course content involves peer review activities on one another's writings. These peer reviews will receive a letter grade. Do ...
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Can I Teach for Free on Youtube? [closed]

I wonder if it is legal/acceptable to teach standard scientific material for free on youtube. The concern is about copyright issues. I assume that it is okay to upload youtube videos explaining ...
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Is removing variables from a public data set for non-scientific reasons a misconduct?

This question applies to both data set I generated from my own research and public data set I reproduce in teaching. Suppose in a data intensive course, I used a publicly available data set as an ...
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Teaching students to complain effectively about behavior of other faculty

I am an adjunct professor. For some reason, I seem to draw out student complaints about full-time faculty from the students. The complaints include: Slapping a student’s hand out of the way when the ...
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What is a nice phrase to use instead of "ladies and gentlemen" to be more inclusive? [closed]

I really like to use the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" while teaching. The reason is not necessarily to be formal, but to gather the attention to a particular point. For instance, I'd ...
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Mailing list or websites for remote teaching positions in universities [closed]

I'm currently a part time math lecturer in an engineering college in France, but I'm very much willing to teach undergraduate level math courses outside France. However, despite searching on usual ...
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Is it a good idea to lend or rent textbooks to students?

I teach in a college and I have a small annual fund allowing me to purchase textbooks. If I do not use this fund, it will expire every academic year and thus I am considering creative ways that I can ...
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Why do colleges attempt to teach students who lack prerequisite skills?

Inspired by Tutoring is depressing because my students are struggling too much with my exercises. What do I do? The text of that question says: I am a tutor for first year math majors at a European ...
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As a professor, what do you do when you are unable to answer a student's question?

As a PhD student, I want to be a professor in less than a decade, and I have a fear that I may never be able to learn enough to answer all kinds of questions you can get asked in a classroom you are ...
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How useful are university teaching certifications in faculty hiring?

The university I'm attending for gradaute school offers programs that give you official certification in university teaching. The program consists of taking teaching workshops, participating in ...
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When do new faculty find out about their teaching assignment? [closed]

I'm joining a US university as a tenure-track assistant professor in January. I was previously told that I will teach 1 undergraduate course in the spring semester which will start in the 2nd week of ...
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Is it normal for a professor to contact only one specific TA regarding the course?

I am one of the teaching assistants for a course with multiple TAs. However, the professor keeps sending all the important information regarding the course, like when the exams are, information about ...
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Comparing tools for plagiarism detection in writing

As a professor I’m planning to include more training about plagiarism in my courses to address some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings. What is your experience with such tools? My university ...
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I was asked to present a potential course outline for an associate prof. Position. Any advice?

I applied for an associate professor position in data science and new technologies. It was a real surprise when the committee chose me out of 16 persons to be the first among many. After 2 weeks of ...
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What term is used to refer to how teachers are allocated for each course?

A question about terminology here... When creating schedules or timetables for our school, the first thing we do is to allocate a teacher for each course that is to be given. Example: John will be ...
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Amount of Grading Done By Professors at Teaching-Focused Universities [closed]

In the future, I'm thinking about applying for tenure-track positions in Computer Science at teaching/undergraduate focused institutions. The kinds of places that usually have 3-3 teaching loads and ...
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On the "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances" in an academic job application?

As a part the required statement of teaching associated with an academic job application, I need to explain my "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances". I searched a bit and ...
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Is there a copyright in researchgate [closed]

If I upload my research to researchgate, will this guarantee me copyright? Because I sent my research there and I added it to the site with ease and no one has reviewed it before sending it.
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Department forcing me to teach a course even though my advisor has funds available to fund me from a grant

My advisor has funds for me to use for research from his grant so that I don't have to teach in my final semester. Unfortunately my department is denying the request and forcing me to teach a course ...
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Research request: faculty absences vs. student evaluations [closed]

I am looking for rigorous, empirical, and preferably but not necessarily peer-reviewed research on the relationship between faculty absences and student evaluations of teaching. Background: Teachers ...
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Was this teacher fair towards me? [closed]

So last week, I had to get a COVID test due to me being ill. However my teacher decided that because I wasn’t there, that I would get a zero on the assignment that was posted and I wouldn’t have a ...
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What high school subjects build strategic thinking? [closed]

I am trying to provide some guidance and incentive for a senior high school student showing a particular interest/strength in strategic thinking. They have asked me which subjects I think they could ...
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How should I admit a teaching mistake without losing authority?

I made a small mistake while teaching a very simple concept. It was mainly a numerical mistake, and the essential parts of the concept were well illustrated. I want to admit my mistake and even though ...
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What to do when students answered more questions than instructed during an exam?

I am a 5th year grad student. This is the first time I am allowed to teach a higher level major course on my own. We just had our midterm today and I am confused as to how to proceed. On the midterm ...
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Summer or part-time teaching as a PhD student

I'm a PhD student in math/applied math. I hope to become a professor eventually, and would like more teaching experience (my program doesn't provide much). It is possible and/or recommended to get an ...
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What should I do about students' grammar mistakes?

I teach mathematics at the university level. While I do not expect anyone to speak and write perfectly all the time, I do feel that students who emerge from college should not be regularly misspelling ...
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Why are online lecture notes usually not accessible to non-students?

When looking for online lecture notes, I notice that most of the time you have to be a student and login in using your institution information to get access. Why would a professor not show the lecture ...
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Is studying at some universities relatively harder than the others?

While going through the lecture and study material on the internet, I came to realize that, in some universities in some countries (e.g. Hong Kong, New Zealand, etc) lecture materials are far more ...
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What is the best practice to deal with students who sit in the back and laugh at other students' questions?

Term just started and I think every class does have some students who sit in the back (which is totally fine) but sometimes are challenging to deal with when they show some disrespect towards other ...
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Do instructors make all the necessary (bulk amount of) images on their own for tutorial purposes?

I am an instructor for a machine learning course and I need to make a presentation on all the recent architectures or models. I have to include a lot of images from several research papers and need to ...
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What is it called in academia when a teacher grades low scoring students more leniently than those who score well?

For example, in a classroom, if a group of students score 45%, the teacher tries to help these students by allowing them to take a second attempt exam. At the same time, a student with 70% can't ...
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"Extra teaching" (compared to the standard contract) for Italian researchers

For researchers (RTDa, RTDb, associate and full professors) in Italian universities is it possible to have some "extra" teaching duties (compared to the standard contract)? How would one ...
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Is there any rule in US that prohibits recruiting as faculty the students studied in the same university/institution?

There is a phenomenon in my country. I am not judging whether it is correct or not because of my ignorance on it. My honest opinion, as per my current knowledge, is that the phenomenon is bad as whole....
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Why not offer credit by exam to students who have failed a course?

Summary: Students who have never taken a particular course often can get "credit by exam". However, it's extremely common for credit by exam to be disallowed to students who have previously ...
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How to avoid punishing students for honesty regarding attendance?

I have taught an introductory statistics class at a local university for a number of years now, and have a policy of no late work/tests without prior approval. (Of course, emergencies are exempt) I ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a student who wears the full-face veil to speak louder?

The kind of full-face veil I'm thinking of is the Niqāb - it covers the entire face except the eyes. I don't have any ideological objections to people who choose to wear the full-face veil. However, ...
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Are there grants that can be used to reduce teaching load?

In mathematical and other theoretical fields, there is not much need for expensive equipment, so grant money is mostly used to fund students and research assistants. But in some fields, good students ...
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Would you include in review/forthcoming articles in graduate level course reading?

I'm preparing a graduate level module for the next semester. With a more senior professor I have co-authored a book chapter that covers much of the material we'll be covering in class, so I'd like to ...
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How to avoid aiding academic misconduct when tutoring online

I have started teaching online recently. Sometimes I am asked not only to teach, but also to actively help in a particular project. If it was a paper, I would ask be included in the list of authors, ...
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How to teach a class with huge differences between students' backgrounds?

As there are different students with different educational and economical backgrounds in the classroom, I would like to know how a professor can deal with those differences. For example, ...
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How to discourage constant queries for re-evaluation of answer scripts

I do not know if this is one of the unpleasant consequences of online classes. Here is a typical scenario that plays out: Students take an exam. They complain if it is a multiple choice question or ...
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Seeking advice about teaching track vs research

I applied to a university that has overall okay world rankings in UK (though I believe it is R2), and seems like a good place to work at as an assistant prof, however it is teaching track. Currently, ...
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UK - Help me understand the instructions for a teaching position interview (lecture/presentation) (Computer Science)

I applied for a teaching position with a special focus on data science and artificial intelligence, these are the instructions for a presentation I will make: Assume that the audience is a class of ...
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Book suggestions for teaching science at advanced level [closed]

I teach in a university to Masters students in Science. I have taught courses from Physics, Statistics, Mathematics and Computation, and every time I finish teaching a course, I find myself ...
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Good ways to get teaching experience in non-teaching position

I am a PhD student working full time at a research institute (Drittmittelstelle) in Germany. This is a pure research, non-teaching position. I did both my master and bachelor at a Fachhochschule (FH) (...

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