Questions tagged [teaching]

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Should my class be more rigorous, and how?

I just finished my first semester teaching. The class average was about 88% +/- 9. This seems high to me. The class is normally taken by third and fourth year students. I don't want to push the ...
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Should live sessions be recorded for students when teaching a math course online?

I am a course instructor. In my courses, which are now online due to the pandemic, I have optional live sessions. In those live sessions, I give examples of how to solve problems (it's a math-based ...
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Course design: basics first or teach “as you go”

I am going to offer an elective course which I am free to design. The topic is a bit special, but we can assume I give a robotics course. I will teach a fair amount of probability theory which I need ...
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What happens if my code teacher doesn't know how to code? [closed]

I'm a simple student who is having some problems with their IT studies. The thing is that my (Java) code teacher doesn't know how to code, and I don't say it, he has told it to us during more than one ...
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How should a prof assign duty for a course with a discussion forum/board?

I am (with a few fellow TAs) helping a prof with an online course in STEM that has a discussion forum/board. However, it seems to me that this wasn't really thought through and now we have reached a ...
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Is it normal to have grad student instructors for upper division classes?

I'm almost done with my undergraduate degree (B.S. in a physical science) and, looking back, a good portion of my upper division major classes have been taught by grad students. Is this normal? I hope ...
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What questions could I ask students in an online questionnaire to improve my online teaching?

Like many of us, I imagine, I have been giving online lectures, tutorials, Q&A sessions, exams, etc. for almost a year (and I just realized that it has, indeed, been almost a year...). I have been ...
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Motivate students to work on exercises if solutions are provided

I am in the following situation. I got a class with theory an exercise once a week. The students do the exercises at home and have the opportunity to discuss them at the exercise sessions. In each ...
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Only one student answered an exam question - and I strongly suspect he cheated

Today we (professors + teaching assistants) proctored a midterm exam for a class of about 80 students. There was undoubtedly a "hardest" question on the exam, since nearly the entire classroom of ...
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Will I be competitive for college teaching jobs if I quit ABD?

I'm looking at quitting my PhD (4.5 years in) in engineering in the U.S at an R1. My advisor and I tried a new tack after I broached quitting this Spring, but I'm concerned that things aren't ...
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Is there a point to setting assignment deadlines and late penalties besides practicality?

Traditionally assignments handed in on paper need to be handed in at the same time due to time constraints on the instructor, to prevent plagiarism, to maintain pace since most of the teaching happens ...
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Does McGraw Hill Connect improve student learning outcomes?

I am debating if I should adopt the McGraw-Hill Connect system for my course next semester. On one hand, I am worried about the students' backslash because of the cost. On the other hand, after the ...
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Could lecturing from a textbook constitute copyright infringement?

If a course instructor closely follows a textbook when delivering a lecture (e.g. even listing the subsection they're discussing) could they be in violation of copyright law? What if they upload the ...
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Knowing that most students submit assignments right around the deadline, is it advisable not to set deadline that is very late at night?

Like many on this site, I use a Moodle-type online Content Management System to give assignments to my students, and receive the finished work for grading. This is in a traditional context where the ...
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How to create a grading rubric that properly incentivizes and challenges students

Since I haven't do much TA duty (only 1 semester so far, starting 2nd one), I have struggled to come up with a good way to grade homework. My last grading rubric ended up creating strange incentive ...
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My professor told us a previous version of our textbook would be okay, but has now decided that it isn't?

I currently have a class in which at the beginning of the semester, our entire class was told it would be okay to obtain a previous version of the textbook which I did because it was significantly ...
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Suggested tablets/writing pad for online teaching and giving maths lectures [closed]

I am a maths masters student, and am looking to buy a tablet/writing pad device. I will primarily be using it for writing when collaborating with a group on a paper, giving lectures/talks, and online ...
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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 do universities avoid being “outmaneuvered” in removing poorly-performing faculty who bring in large research grants?

Consider an "ambitious" assistant professor (junior, untenured faculty) appointed to a junior lectureship in a medicine, physical science or engineering department with the usual teaching ...
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How to teach a course or courses that I have not formally taken myself? [duplicate]

I am currently a postdoc. My PhD research has been using Finite element method for additive manufacturing simulations. I come from materials engineering background and I don't have any formal ...
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Sharing Course Material With Other Lecturers

I just received an email from a lecturer I do not know and have never had contact with, asking for my course materials. On the one hand, sharing my course materials has almost no cost for me, and I ...
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Am I right to be frustrated that my professor does not actually teach?

This is a 101 philosophy class in an online format. Each week we have over 100 dense pages of a textbook to read as our sole source of information for the class. The teacher does not do any teaching ...
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Equivalent of french CAPES or agrégation exam without having to teach

I am a mathematics student in a French university. But I have studied many other subjects on my own with university books. So I would like to have a diploma or an exam that proves that I have a ...
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Should I let a bad mark from 10 years ago discourage me from taking on a TAship? [duplicate]

10 years ago it was my first year in University and I bombed a course in programming. I had no programming experience and was competing with people have been programming since 10. I felt stupid and my ...
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The challenges of learning when there are no tasks

I like exactly this format: Knowledge -> Task -> Knowledge -> Task And the knowledge is required to do the following task. Not more. Not less. Therefore you know that the task is solvable ...
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Should I give out model solutions to exercises

I am teaching a 3rd year undergraduate algebra course, and I have told my students that I would not be giving out solutions to the weekly exercises that I set. Instead, one question per week will be ...
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Why are [some] professors ambiguous about material that is actually tested on exams?

I've noticed a majority of professors that I have had will tell students something along the lines of, the exam covers Chapters 1, 2, 3, or the exam covers topics X, Y, Z. Sometimes this is ends up ...
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Is there any difference between these two kind of researchers?

I tried to ask this question on Physics StackExchange because it's about physicists but it wasn't the right section, anyway the argument can be extended to almost every subject. I am studying physics ...
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Should Textbook chapters Contain a “Summary” Section

I am far enough along with an introductory textbook in the computing field that it looks like I might finish. For each chapter so far, I've written a final "Summary" section that ...
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How can I convince my students to speak louder?

Freshers sometimes speak almost inaudibly, even after asking them to speak loudly. Now, with facemasks, it's even worse, I am not allowed to approach them too much, and it demands a lot of energy to ...
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What to expect from a teaching commission?

I'm a student delegate and tomorrow, I am going to attend a teaching commission. I've never attended one before, so I am a little bit scared. I have the right to give some remarks, ask questions and ...
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Clarification on Teaching Prep definition

So my question is say you are teaching 3 Health 101 classes... one is a regular 15 week class in a classroom... one is an online section and one is an accelerated online 8 week class would this be ...
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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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What are suggestions for effective mixed-mode teaching? (i.e., teaching both online and face-to-face students simultaneously)

Since the start of the semester in September, my university has been offering only online-only teaching, due to COVID-19 restrictions. As the COVID-19 situation in our local region has been improving, ...
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Plagiarism and academic Teaching use

Often while teaching (Engineering) it is convenient to illustrate a concept by a figure / photo / sketch etc. which is pre-existing in literature: perhaps another book, or vendor document or a code or ...
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What is an “evidence based” teaching statement?

(I'm a PhD student in mathematics, for context.) What do people mean when they say that claims in a teaching statement should be "evidence based?" For background, I have been watching my ...
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Correcting grammatical errors versus content in post-graduate coursework submissions in the sciences

During an intramural teaching forum, I was interested to learn from a Head of Department (HoD) that she didn't consider it her role to correct grammatical errors when evaluating coursework submissions ...
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Can I become a tenure-track prof in one dept (biology) and teach in a different dept (math) with only one PhD?

I recently defended my PhD in Neuroscience and am starting a postdoc soon. Like a lot of people who take this track, I hope to one day have my own research lab at a university. I would also like to ...
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When can asking a question during lecture be offensive?

During my masters, I used to ask a lot of questions in class and during the lecture. Whenever I had a doubt I used to ask questions. It was my habit which my undergraduate teachers inculcated in me ...
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How to make a student evaluation using Blackboard? [closed]

This is my first year to teach classes in computer science as an instructor. I am looking to get student feedback about the course so far. I know that there is a student evaluation at the end of the ...
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How many class room hours does the typical university teacher teach per week?

I am wondering, for full time university teachers (not those who also have research responsibilities), what is generally the number of hours per week that they teach? I currently teach 20 hours per ...
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How to ask for another university prof for course materials? [duplicate]

Just surfing the net to find useful resources, came across to the university course page, and course materials were well explained. However, when trying to download them, Unfortunately, there was a ...
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What lesson plan is best for mandarin tutoring? [closed]

I am currently employed to offer private tutor to two children, five and nine years old. My job is to provide their parents with a lesson plan and some sets of exercises to complement their material ...
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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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What is a good ice-breaker question on the first day of the classes?

I will be teaching for the first time and I am wondering if I should take time to meet & greet with students if so, what should I ask them? I know some questions are uncomfortable (anything that ...
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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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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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Is it unreasonable to set assignment deadlines on Saturday/Sunday?

I read a similar question (Knowing that most students submit assignments right around the deadline, is it advisable not to set deadline that is very late at night?) about setting assignment deadlines ...
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Alternative ways to use lecture time when only one quarter of the students can attend?

In the upcoming semester, we are going to organise and hold a beginner’s lecture with some peculiar restrictions (due to the COVID-19 crisis): We can use a lecture hall at two 90-minute slots per ...

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