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Are my responsibilities as a lecturer the same as a teacher at school?

I am employed at an university in my country. I am teaching the statistic. The rule of the students is to spoon feed. That is, they expect the lecturer to care about them as if they are at high-school....
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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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Citations needed when using textbooks to write lecture notes/slides?

so basically I have recently started to teach my own course for the first time. In the past, I mainly taught professors in the department that were on leave etc and they normally supplied me with ...
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How would you react as a professor if a student has been going to your office hours and does not perform well on an exam?

Say if a student goes to the professor's office hours to get help on class material and homeworks. Then, on test day, the student does not perform well on the test, and turns in the test with some ...
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Offered TA position two months before, head assitant no longer responds

At the beginning of the last semester, I responded to a TA offer which was online, met with the head assistant of the course, meeting was positive, and I did all the needed talks and paperworks with ...
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How to react professionally when you receive a complaint from a student

I got a surprising email from the department chair today, saying that one student has made a complaint against me. It seems that he felt that my tone in an office hour was mocking, and felt ...
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What should I (a professor) do if a student keeps answering other students' questions before I start explaining?

I have a student who keeps answering other students' questions before I could even start explaining. What should I do in this case? Should I ask them to come meet with me? If so, how should I convey ...
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How to professionally handle sexist remarks by a student?

Suppose that you noticed a student saying a sexist remark to you, and the student is completely unaware of it. In the spirit of fighting sexism, I feel that I should maybe say something. But on the ...
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How to make human growth and development interactive? [closed]

I am a first time human growth and development teacher at our local community college. There are a lot of theories, stages, and sub-stages involved in human growth and development and I'm trying to ...
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Importance of teaching as a PhD student to go into academia

How important is teaching as a graduate student if I want to then pursue a career in academia. A top program I have been admitted to does not require teaching and I will be fully funded by being a ...
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How to read/react to students' evaluation?

For my first course on CS topic (first course on the topic and not the first overall), I used the university evaluation system to ask students about their feedback. In addition to responding to ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to mis-indicate exam study material?

Scenario: Lecturer tells students six sections of material to study for the exam, but the exam only covers two of those sections. Practice exams are completely different to actual exam. Answers to ...
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Efficient use of the class time when all lectures are already in youtube

I am teaching an obligatory course to undergraduates. There are about 160 registered students, divided into 4 classes of 40. Each class is 3 academic hours. Last year, my lectures have been ...
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How to Ask for a Shift in Graduate Assistantship from Research to Teaching?

I am a graduate student in NYC and would like to learn how to ask my advisor and my professor to shift from research assistantship to teaching? I have been working on a research project for one ...
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The first teaching job: prior knowledge or do people get trained?

I am soon going to finish my PhD (neuroscience; India) and am interested in working as a post-doctoral fellow, eventually going down the teaching and research line. My question is specifically about ...
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What is the necessary entity that cannot be done by professor without physical classroom with assembled students? [closed]

I want to know whether there is any necessary entity (quality/property) in the traditional classroom teaching that cannot be done without a physical classroom with intended students. Please keep aside ...
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Is the practice of keeping written papers or presentations for delivering lectures recommended?

Professors of my institution use PowerPoint presentations or written papers or some other aid material for delivering a lecture in the classroom. But doesn't it indicate less expertise? I have this ...
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Is it recommended for a professor to not entertain advanced questions for a basic course?

Recently I worked as a teaching assistant for a digital logic course. The topic for the day was full-adder. Professor explained the full concept of the full adder, along with question and answer ...
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Stepping around student religiosity

In the not-too-distant past, I was teaching a course on cognition and language. One class focused on language and communication in different species. A student later emailed me to ask a number of ...
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How to teach first-years?

First, some context: I'm a PhD student, and this term, I'm running a bunch of seminar groups for first years (I believe these are what would be called "discussion sections" in the US - essentially, ...
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how universities treat faculty according to teaching feedback questionaires filled by students [closed]

If faculty get good or bad scores out of teaching feedback questionaires filled by students, what will happen to the faculty? Most people get average scores so nothing happens. Will those who get very ...
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Encouraging team-work while discouraging free-riding

I teach several courses for computer science undergrads, including algorithms, programming and game development. In all my courses there are weekly homework assignments. I encourage my students to do ...
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What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US?

What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US? And can someone please explain this in reference to the trimester or quarter system, which I'm not too familiar with. ...
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What should I do about a bad TA as another TA for the same professor?

I have been a math TA since my freshman year, and this year as a junior I was made head department TA. One of the TAs under me is what I deem to be a poor fit. He is incredibly sexist(at a liberal ...
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A few students requesting to cancel lectures due to their personal reasons. What should I do?

I give lectures to postgraduate students. The number of students in this batch is very low (< 20). The lectures are foundation lectures for the course. We are only into the basics of the course. ...
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Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical? [closed]

A faculty member recently brought their young child to a graduate seminar. The child had a fever -- and therefore was deemed not healthy enough to be at school. The faculty member did not ask the ...
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Where in academia are HEA fellowships valued?

https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship#categories Apparently these fellowships are popular in the UK? What sorts of universities care about them? And why?
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Is there any evidence of a benefit to distributing documents to students vs taking notes?

Suppose you teach a course in which you display slides. Two approaches exists: distribute the slides (or any document that summarizes the content of the slides); rely on students to take notes. [...
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Is it appropriate to ask a student I tutored how their exam went?

I tutored a student in math for two weeks to help her prepare for an exam. I expected her to inform me how the exam went, but she did not. Is it appropriate to ask her how the exam went? We are in ...
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Is it appropriate to share the distribution of grades for a small class?

It is common practice to share a histogram of grades with a class after a quiz or exam. However, my institute has very small classes. This year I have 6 students in my class, and in previous years I ...
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Are there any great researchers who are terrible teachers? [closed]

I'm curious if there's been anyone who's really good at research but also really bad at teaching - for example traditionally, Nobel Prize winners are required to give a public lecture related to the ...
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How much work is preparing a MOOC-ish course

I have been offered the chance to prepare and deliver 4 undergraduate courses. There are to be forty 15 minute videos per course all to be written and presented by me. It seems they will in the ...
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Create YouTube videos on exercises of a University level course

Is it acceptable to create YouTube videos about exercises of a University level course ? I struggle to follow a quantum mechanics course I need to take and thought about making YouTube videos where I ...
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Having students scribe lectures

When I'm teaching an advanced graduate class where the source material is drawn primarily from current research papers, there isn't a canonical text per se, and a typical lecture, while loosely ...
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What are the most important factors to consider when deciding the time to teach a course?

I'm starting as an Assistant Professor at an R1 university, and will be teaching my first undergraduate course (~2.5h/week) in the Spring of 2021. I've been asked if I have a preferred teaching time. ...
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Additional schooling and salary at private/public high school

I have been told that private high schools would likely hire this candidate, MSc/PhD in physics (but no teaching certificate or degree, just TA duties in undergrad and grad school), and that public ...
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Can university educators provide private tutoring to anyone seeking it? [closed]

Let me elaborate: I’m aware that school teachers often do private tutoring for children on the side (although I believe it’s only ethical/fair if they tutor children from other grades, classes or ...
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How ethical is it to hide information from students?

I have multiple experiences from multiple teachers that they hide the book they are secretly following and picking problems from, and whenever students ask for a reference book, they give a multitude ...
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For interview questions about innovative or engaging teaching, is it OK to say I give lectures in the standard way?

If asked a teaching question in a interview for a math professor position about how you engage students or innovate your teaching, would it look bad if I say I'm just a traditional lecturer, teaching ...
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Other students report that a student faked illness and asked classmates about the final exam before taking a makeup. Is it academic dishonesty?

I am an instructor at an American university. A student of mine, Student H, claimed that he was very sick and had to miss the final exam. Based on my trusting students in general, I allowed Student H ...
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What is a “normal” teaching load for a Lecturer in a UK pre-'92 University? [duplicate]

What is a normal teaching load for a Lecturer on a teaching and research contract (equal split) in a physical science field in a UK pre-'92 University? Is there such a thing as "normal", or is the ...
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Suspecting an undiagnosed learning disability in a student

I have a student whose academic performance seems starkly disproportionate to his potential. He is full of interesting ideas and questions and enthusiasm, and frequently talks to me before and after ...
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Is the academic job market in developing / former Eastern Bloc countries welcoming towards young foreign researchers?

Though I am at the very beginning of my PhD journey, I am somewhat disturbed by the apparent lack of tenured positions in the US and Western Europe, especially concerning the humanities. All these ...
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Should I mention teaching experience in my cover letter?

I am applying for tenure-track positions in R1 (say, top 50) universities in Computer Science in the US. When writing the cover letter, should I mention teaching experience and competence? Or should ...
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What is known about the evaluation behavior of students?

Much information can be found about what influences student evaluations of teaching. The evaluation results of an instructor depend on gender, race, attractiveness, personality traits, bringing ...
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How should bathroom breaks be handled during written exams to avoid cheating?

It seems to me that it is impossible to prevent cheating (as in: communicating and getting help from outside) if one allows students to use the restroom during written classroom tests. Excluding ...
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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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How do professors and lecturers learn to teach?

I am a PhD student in the field of education and I enjoy reading SE questions to stimulate my mind when I need a break. I find academia to be one of my most frequently visited sites. When reading ...
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How does the teaching of biology differ from teaching physics? [closed]

Respected teachers, I have this question for quite some time and I need your ideas. When we teach physics we can have a lot of brainstorming sessions and adopt the "scientific method" ( ...
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How to implement flipped classroom for 18 year olds?

I teach an introductory programming course at university where 99% of my students are 18-20 years old. They are used to the old and boring education system they know from high school, so they are not ...

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