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Questions tagged [teaching]

This tag is related to the role and duties of a teacher, an academic instructor, tutor or a teaching assistant.

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Can auditing students attend consultation hours?

Assume a university allows students to audit classes informally, so they're not enrolled and don't pay, but they attend classes anyway. Obviously, no one has obligation to allow these students to ...
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Is the verb take and get synonymous or not? [on hold]

I am going to make a resesarch about these words. but i want to make sure the verb take and get are synonymous.
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What do you call a “practice” class that accompanies a lecture?

In my country it is very common for courses to consist of two types of classes: lectures primarily focus on theoretical aspects of a topic and then after each lecture comes a corresponding “practice” ...
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How do I apologize to my teacher for cheating?

In my Chemistry class, we had a quiz and I helped another student cheat by showing him the answers on my paper but the teacher caught us. I know what I did is wrong and I know I deserve punishment, ...
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Assignment extensions for no apparent reasons (USA)

I recently started teaching activities in an American institution. I have had a couple of students asking for extensions for problem sets / project deadlines for medical or family reasons, which is ...
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Dwindling number of students coming to your classroom lectures?

I have seen a shrinking trend in the number of students coming to my classes and suspect that it's due to the large number of digital tools that are available to students. What techniques can I ...
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As a course lecturer, should I excuse late assignment submissions if I wrote the assignment deadline slightly wrong?

I am the course lecturer of an undergraduate course. For a recent assignment, I had written the assignment deadline as 23 November 2018 (Saturday). Unfortunately, 23 November is actually a Friday, and ...
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For what subjects and grade levels is the take-home exam suitable? [migrated]

I'm starting my job as a mathematics teacher in an intermediate school. I want to follow some new way of assessment and I'm really curious about take-home exams; are they suitable for any subjects? ...
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Interviewing for an academic position after abusive department chair in previous academic position

In my faculty job, I was bullied for a long time by a chair of the department (at a US state university on the West Coast). This included: Giving me bad schedules and classrooms His secretary ...
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Giving a test lecture, what should I keep in mind? [duplicate]

I hold a PhD in computer science. I've been travelling to conferences presenting my papers and sometimes as part of my teaching assistance duty, I had to give some very simple lectures to students. ...
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My professor who doesn't let me use my phone to read the textbook online in while I'm in class. What should I do? [duplicate]

I'm currently taking a course where I acquired the textbook as an e-book. Physical copies were available too, but I find kindle-versions far more convenient as I can read it wherever, whenever, using ...
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How to teach students to ask Polya-type questions

I've recently read "How to Solve It" by Polya. In that book, the author basically explains the method that I use in my own teaching - asking relevant, prompting questions to get students to reason ...
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How should I feel about a professor using an entire online course for his own course?

I'm taking a machine learning class at a school in South Korea. I've heard some good and bad things about this professor in particular, but I didn't really know until I actually took his course. I've ...
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How do Universities deal with poor teaching?

At one school I worked at the strategy for dealing with poor teaching was to get feedback from students around midterms. If the students criticism was strong enough the teacher was pulled from the ...
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Including cartoons in lecture notes?

I would like to include some cartoons in my lecture notes, just to spice up things a bit and relax the atmosphere before moving to serious stuff. However, I am not sure if there is any issue with ...
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Website for scheduling and submitting homework [closed]

I'm looking for a website where I could publish homework at a scheduled time to a group of students and also allow them to submit their answers through it. The homework is a single PDF file, and the ...
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Sharing set of exercises in a textbook (the morally right way?)

This is possibly a more general question about copyright, but I think I can specify this question into question about teaching, especially on STEM subjects. I don't know exactly whether I should post ...
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Preparing lecture notes and references?

I am a new teacher/lecturer in science, and I am preparing lecture notes for my module. I am putting together a lot of material coming from textbooks as well as borrowing material from other lecture ...
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Can I say no when my principal investigator asks me to help cover lectures next semester?

I'm a postdoc at a US university, and my principal investigator (PI) asked me to cover some of his lectures next semester. I do not want to do any lecturing as I want to focus solely on my research. I ...
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How to teach to an adult person that is not used to study? [closed]

I'm trying to teach some basic things to my mother, such history, basic math and basic physics so she can attend a test. But because of my mothers personality this has become pretty hard , since she ...
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Teaching using bad material

This semester, due to an increase of students enrolled, I was assigned to teach an introductory course. The course had been previously taught by two lecturers, who taught a different half of the ...
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Where else are teachers not paid for prep time?

Last spring I did some teaching at a university. It was my first time. It was a temporary position. I was there 1 semester only. I was paid by the hour. A couple of things caught my eye about the ...
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What should I do when my students use their phones in class?

On the first day of class, I told my students that they are not allowed to use their phones in class. However, a lot of them use their cell phones and don't pay attention in class. How should I deal ...
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Is it common to have exam questions 'peer reviewed'?

How common is it that exam questions, after being designed by the instructor and before being given to the students, are checked by a colleague in one's same institute, to make sure that they are ...
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Dating former student?

Here's the situation: She was an undergrad, I was a grad TA. At that point, our interactions were totally professional and limited to the classroom. However, she and I both since graduated and left ...
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Changing from 100% research to 20% teaching and 80% research: Seems like a raw deal, would you do it? [closed]

I'm a named researcher (but basically a Postdoc) on a funded project in the UK which pays my salary. I've got a good CV and currently do 4 hours of teaching per year. The principal investigator (PI) ...
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What to tell students who want to know how to succeed in your class

Setting is math in the US. It's quite common for a student who is not doing super well or is worried that they might not be to approach me and ask how they should be studying/what they should be ...
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Has the student responsibility for not cheating?

If a student is cheating, he can be caught or not caught. If he is caught, it's not obvious what to do. There are options with different strategies: The students are themselves responsible for not ...
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Is there a full-time job with variety and academic rigor but also 2+ months annual vacation? (don't care if vacation is unpaid) [closed]

I've had one full time job in my life. It was a teaching job and I got about 2.5 weeks of annual vacation. I had a great time my first year, learned a lot, and I think I improved quite a bit as a ...
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Forgot to lock bathroom door, teacher saw me with my pants down [closed]

As the title says, this happened in a college environment. For some unknown reason, I forgot to lock the bathroom stall's door. He saw that the door wasn't locked, so he opened the door, saw me and my ...
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A free tool that is capable of selecting questions from a pool and shuffle them randomly? [closed]

I will be conducting exams, and I need a tool that can let me shuffle and select random , small questions from a pre-defined question pool. My questions are typically matched and complete. It would ...
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Asking a professor to teach better

In my mathematics program, one of the qual prep courses is being taught by a professor who, put bluntly, is not putting in the effort. He is essentially reading from the book (which I don’t ...
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What is an acceptable failure rate in an entry level programming course? [closed]

I'm teaching an entry level programming course at a local college. About 2/3 of the class is getting a b or higher. The last 1/3 are getting f's. I attribute most of the f's to failure to do ...
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Can a teacher to refuse to follow their late work policy? [closed]

My teacher handed out a syllabus at the beginning of the year, claiming to have a late work policy where he only reduces the max percent you can get on an assignment for every day it's late. The ...
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Failing students: Avoidable or not? [closed]

One college lecturer often does not care about failing his students, another does. Say we are talking about a Calculus I class. A. One fails students because they simply do not achieve the minimum ...
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What is the term for intended consequences of an activity other than intended learning outcomes?

Question might be a bit strange. I am looking at a series of activities that we run every year. These activities have some intended learning outcomes (ILOs), but these outcomes are stated in terms ...
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What is the best way to see if students understood?

I am teaching classes of a size of 20-25 persons. During a class, what is the best way to get feedback from students? Concretely, I would want to get the following questions answered every ~15-20 ...
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How widespread is the use of “last author = teacher” on student papers?

In our lab (at Nankai University, in China), students often write papers where they are first author. However, we use a convention where the last author signifies the student's teacher. I feel that ...
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How to teach law to multinational classes?

I am professor in an internationally oriented university, meaning it was created to have students from half a dozen different countries. It doesn't offer any law-related degree, but some degrees do ...
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Conflict of interest/collusion in academic scenario

I know somebody, let’s call him Joe, who had been a good student. Being a good student, other students asked help from him to understand the class materials. In the meantime, our university started ...
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As an instructor can I use previous work history as examples?

I teach computer science (USA - graduate level). I am teaching a software design course, and for a lecture I am to give on software anti-patterns I would like to use a real world example from an ...
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How to get a tutoring position in Melbourne, Australia?

I'm starting my PhD in neuroscience next month at the University of Melbourne and I've been told that graduate research students often work part time as tutors. I've been trying to find this ...
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Is the “okay” hand gesture now unacceptable to use in class? [closed]

While teaching a class last week, I made the widely-recognized hand gesture (an open circle with the thumb and index finger, with the other 3 fingers loosely or sharphy extended... I'm not sure ...
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Preventing Verbatim Answers that Match Examples?

When teaching students (especially in code, but this can apply to any subject), how do you prevent near verbatim answers that match your examples? For example, I tell students how to find a document ...
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Projects funded by German Research Foundation---teaching duties

I am interested if teaching is a part of duties for people employed on the positions funded by the German Research Foundation (SFBs in particular). To the best of my knowledge, these are pure research ...
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I'm an accomplished person in my field, but don't have any degree. Would I be able to be a teacher or substitute? [closed]

As far as I'm aware, the base requirement to be a teacher or substitute requires a degree. However in my case, I've been working in my career field for going on 10 years. I'm wondering if it's ...
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Grades are too high for the department - what should I do?

I recently taught an undergraduate seminar course, in which each student has to read a research paper, summarize it and present it to the class. In the first lesson I explained to the students the ...
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Students plagiarising assignments: What level is worth the effort of pursuing?

As a tutor marking assignments, I regularly come across cases of plagiarism. As someone who put a lot of effort into my coursework studies it really offends me to see what students think they can (and ...
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How to minimize cheating with open source assignments?

For my computer science programming-based course, I'd like to: 1) host my course and assignments (without solutions) open and free to all (e.g., as public GitHub repos) but this seems at odds with ...
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Is it fair to punish the student for not knowing what's in the course? [duplicate]

A number of questions (e. g., this one or that one) discuss the situations where the student is punished after invoking, in the exam context, knowledge that's outside the scope of the course. This ...