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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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Why are we not teaching university student how to learn/study? [on hold]

Question is simple: Why are we not teaching university students how to learn/study ? Motivation: I've seen many university students who does not know how to study something, or learn something by ...
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How to prepare effectively for teaching a graduate course?

Next year, I will be teaching a graduate-level course about an advanced topic for the first time (in a West European university, in science). I'm a lecturer and this is the first time I will teach ...
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How to teach an undergraduate course without having taken that course formally before?

I am in the final year of my PhD. My work was on using Finite element method to study tribology. It was completely modeling based. I developed various models and have gained quite expertise in ...
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Building community in a college classroom

I am a TA for a class designed to bring a group of about 25 students together as a cohort starting their freshman year of college. They are in the same department so they will be mostly taking similar ...
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how to develop a new course as a new Assistant Professor

I am writing to inquire some experiences/advices on developing a new course on my first semester (this fall) as an assistant professor in computer science. At this moment I am aware of the course ...
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How to regrade an exam that was too difficult?

Our multiple choice exam was clearly too difficult. N questions. N + 10 total duration (in minutes). All questions have the same value (100 / N). Wrong answers have a penalty of 25% (25 / N). Only ...
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Buying out of teaching duties vs. all duties using grant money

My university (in Europe) is currently reconsidering its policy regarding professors (assistant through full) buying out of certain duties using funds from research grants. The new proposal is that ...
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How to address a class about cheating

An undergraduate course that I teach has roughly 50 first-year students, and without trying I noticed several egregious examples of cheating, both on assignments and on a recent midterm exam. Given ...
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Software to help planning a course

I’m teaching a few classes next semester and feel scattered. Can you recommend some software to help me plan out a course so on each day I can see what topic I’m teaching, activities planned, homework ...
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I caught several of my students plagiarizing. Could it be my fault as a teacher?

I have been teaching for three years now. This year, for the first time, I caught multiple students in a class (out of 50) either handing in the task of a colleague or copying the majority of someones ...
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strategy of a maths/science chalk talk interview

1.Candidate is to teach 1 out of several topics given. Should there not be any preferrential topic to be taught in the eye of the interviewers? Is there any disadvantage not to choose the hardest ...
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As an international instructor, should I openly talk about my accent?

I'm an international, teaching at an American university, and I have an accent, which can be strong at times. I'm working hard at it, have always been, but still, the accent is there. This has never ...
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What are the typical questions students are requested to respond during a teaching demonstration they attend during a faculty interview? [closed]

Disclaimer: There are other questions asking for general advice on a teaching demonstration during faculty interviews. My inquiry is more specific: In the US, some colleges, which have a heavy focus ...
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Is there a known relation between course pass rate and student feedback?

I analysed the relation between the feedback scores of my courses given by students against the average grades of the students in these courses. I found a moderate correlation (Pearson r) of 0.595. i....
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Tips to organize LaTeX presentations for a semester

I am giving my first course this fall and, as a LaTeX enthusiast, plan to prepare my slides in LaTeX for all the usual reasons. For those of you who also do this, I wonder what resources you use to ...
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What are the standards/expectations from a teaching postdoc contract?

Recently, I talked with a CS Professor regarding working in his lab as a postdoc. He said that he is interested in my CV/profile, but he can only give me a contract as a teaching staff until he gets ...
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Research on technology enhanced learning?

The discourse about teaching seems to be dominated recently by the idea of technology enhanced learning. I have been talking a lot with colleagues about that and there seems to be some kind of ...
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How to encourage students to answer their peers' questions

We have a forum in which students can ask questions about the course material, homework exercises, etc. Usually I answer all the questions. I want to encourage students to answer some questions too. ...
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Accidentally leaked the solution to an assignment, what to do now? (I'm the prof)

TL;DR; I accidentally made the solution of an assignment visible to some of my students. How can I now fairly address that problem? A few weeks ago I set a programming assignment to be done using ...
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What are the differences between teaching in the quarter and semester system?

I am currently working as a junior faculty member at a university where we teach a 2:2 (2 fall, 2 spring) on the semester system. I would like to know the differences between this and teaching a 2:2:2 ...
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Student Assessment [closed]

I am an academic in physics, i.e. with no formal education in pedagogical methods and teaching yet. I was reading this paper of Biggs What the Student Does: teaching for enhanced learning and ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

I am teaching mathematical statistics and part of this is large sample theory. I would like to discuss some methods that do not focus on asymptotics and refer to J. M. Keynes quote In the long run, ...
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Mimic lecturing on blackboard, facing audience

I teach mathematics at MSc and PhD levels. My preferred method of teaching is old-fashioned: talking and writing on the blackboard at the same time. Why? Because it has many advantages: Handwriting: ...
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Whether to strike? [closed]

I'm a graduate student teaching assistant; I run discussion sections. Our department has just initiated a strike. I'm half way through the last semester of my PhD. Do I show up and "work" and get paid ...
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How to deal with a cynical class?

I am dealing with this class that somehow became very cynical. We have constant complaints about the pace of the class, people asking literally the same questions over and over, blatant plagiarism, ...
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Criteria for a Pure Math teaching job at a university

I'm assuming that all good universities in Europe/North America have PhD as the minimum requirement for a teaching job. What I want to know is: How much experience (research and teaching both) is ...
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I hate taking lectures, can I still survive in academia?

I'm 3rd Physics & Mathematics student, and I almost hate taking and attending lectures; it is not because what is taught, I just don't like sitting in uncomfortable chairs with a lot of people ...
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An undergraduate said they may hire a freelancer to do their work for them. What should I do?

I, a graduate student, have started tutoring undergraduates in computer science at my university to help make ends meet. One student who inquired about my services turned me down upon hearing my rates ...
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exam/teaching culture, possible abusive supervisor, research gatekeeping

Apologies for the length, I don't know how to make this shorter. I also don't know where else to turn for advice. :( I've recently started an MA in what promises to be a brand new humanities ...
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Study design for best teaching methods - how to avoid overly specific results?

I would like to do a study with a class in which the students are split into two groups, A and B. They will each receive a tutorial on the same topic, but group A will get a different tutorial than ...
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Gamified course: how to deal with the massive amount of grading needed without using specific software?

I've been trying to give gamification a go for a while, but I'm struggling on how exactly to implement it. I teach an introduction to programming course, and as I'm part of a team including a couple ...
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Teaching experience as a subcontractor for a university program

I work as an instructional staff at a local university. The program is marketed and hosted by the university and the certificates are granted by the university signed by the department dean as well. ...
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What should I do when teaching maths for unmotivated undergraduate students?

After completing my Phd in an area in pure Maths and going back to my country, I got a job as a math lecturer at a university, where maths is not the main subject for students there. Maths is like ...
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(How) can you teach a subject effectively for which you are a skeptic without biasing students?

I recently accepted a tenure-track position at a university and will be on a 1-1 load my first year. My first course I will teach, I will get to modify and alter based on my expertise. In my second ...
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How should I plan my course schedule given that my wife is due to give birth during the semester?

I have been teaching for a few years at my university, and have mostly gotten into the rhythm of teaching and doing research. This semester, I am teaching two courses. What is different this semester ...
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Experiences with Gradescope?

I'm teaching my first class this semester, and was quite happy with Gradescope when I used it as a TA last semester. Does anyone have experience using Gradescope with large (100+ student) classes for ...
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How and when do departments decide who is teaching which course?

How and when do departments decide who is teaching which course? I am a graduate student at a state school in the U.S. The process has never seemed clear to me, as it seems that when none of the ...
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As adjunct faculty at four-year university, with no PhD, what should I have my students call me?

I will be teaching at a four year university as adjunct faculty. Is it okay to have my students to call me Professor LastName, even if I do not have this title formally? If not, what other options do ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect students to read the lecture notes before attending the first class?

The new semester will be starting in a few weeks, and I will be teaching a course which starts on the first day of the semester. The goal of the course is to teach students how to use the R ...
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Is there an efficient way to give a large class of students feedback about their assignments?

I am the course lecturer of a large undergraduate course with about 700 students in the course. One of the challenges of teaching such a large course is grading the assignments and giving students ...
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Why do professors use course-buyouts?

I am confused about how course buyouts work in the United States and about how the incentives play out for professors and the university. I will use a constructed example to frame my confusion. Please ...
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Telling where I am originally from at the first lecture?

I am going to start teaching next year in a university in the UK. One common question I get with students in one-to-one conversations is about my origin. I certainly have an accent, and they are ...
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Is this rejection rude? Should I apply to another position in the same University?

I applied for an adjunct position and never heard back from the school. I emailed them to learn about the status of my application and this is the response I received: Your resume is competitive but ...
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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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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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How to encourage students to attend and participate in class?

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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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 ...