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How to give feedback to students after bad grades

I realize that I have some difficulty giving feedback to students when they have expected to have a good grade and/or they have invested a lot of time. My impression is that there is a trade-off ...
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How to reply to an email from a student who wants a reply instantly?

I have a student who wants me to reply to his emails as soon as he sends them! For example: I already provided you with .... form in our first meeting. Can you fill the necessary boxes and sign .... ...
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Misguided use of offensive figures in student presentations

I recently had an experience while overseeing student presentations in a course I am teaching. While the concrete situation could be handled without much ado due to some special circumstances, I ...
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Is there a difference between simplification and spoon feeding in education?

I had been researching about what students dislike about studying, and found out two contradictory piece of reasons: students cannot understand the concepts taught to them by the teachers; they hate ...
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How would you, as a teacher, decide if a particular topic/ concept should be tested as multiple-choice questions or as free-response questions?

This is probably a very broad question. It might be difficult to find one answer across all disciplines. If anyone could share their personal experiences on how they have designed tests and the ...
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Does a youtube channel with my lectures add to my portfolio in graduate applications if the response is good?

Will teaching physics on a youtube channel and receiving a good response on it help me with my grad school applications in the subject?
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Are there advantages or disadvantages for a college to give high or low GPAs?

What are the incentives and disincentives for an American college to give its students high GPAs? For example, when undergraduate students apply for jobs or graduate programs, their GPA presumably ...
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I see an increase in homework plagiarism due to the ease of finding solutions online. I am concerned for my students and my work. What can I do?

I work as a remote tutor and help students understand hard concepts/problems in scientific fields in college/university/industry. I am finding a real lack of originality in exercises assigned by ...
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Is it okay to publish less and teach more during your PhD? (CS USA)

Background: I read this Quora post where someone mentioned they TA'ed pretty much their entire PhD tenure and took up extra TA spots as well for the same because they really liked teaching. The person ...
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How do I voice my opinion that the teaching of students is being neglected?

I'm in a Phd program right now and it seems there are some unethical practices going on in my department. Examples include: testing over irrelevant material or material that was not really covered, ...
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My lecturer is almost useless and I struggle to understand them. What do I do?

I am a first year undergraduate student studying philosophy. One of my lecturers does not speak English as their first language, and is extremely difficult to understand. I could get over this if the ...
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Confusing accusations and mixed messages with lecturer, what can I do to resolve this?

I am an undergraduate student in my final year on a Computer Science course. Every week I assist in a 2nd year (undergraduate) class that I took last year on programming. The programming class covers ...
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Does doing an Industrial Postdoc after PhD make an academic career more difficult?

I'm doing a PhD in Engineering and want to have a career in academia. I've been learning some people in engineering are able to do so-called industrial PostDocs where you do research in a company. ...
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Is the curse of knowledge a real effect?

This post is inspired by this question discussing what is known as the curse of knowledge - the ostensible effect where having knowledge about something makes it hard to put yourself in the mental ...
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My students are planning on taking an exam together via Zoom

I am a college instructor at a university in the United States. I am giving an exam to my students in a few days, and I am aware that some of them are having conversations about making a Zoom meeting ...
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Term to describe paradox where those with less subject matter expertise can sometimes make better teachers?

A teacher of teachers in a field I'm involved in frequently says: the best teachers are often those who only recently learned the material themselves The rationale for the statement is that someone ...
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Should we ask ambiguous questions on an exam?

I'm TAing an undergraduate course at a university in the US, and had a disagreement with the professor teaching the course about a question in an exam. Here's an abstract version of the relevant part: ...
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Is it okay to give students advice on managing academic work?

My journey through academia has been a hard-fought battle against myself and all my worst traits. I'm now finishing my PhD and concurrently teaching courses in which I inevitably come across students ...
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Funny 5th option in multiple choice exam?

I came across a multiple choice exam paper where the professor had included a funny fifth option in almost every question. There was also a bonus question at the end, where students can earn 0.5 extra ...
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Can someone with only a master's degree promoted to a permanent full-time faculty at a two-year college? [closed]

Long story short, I am a master's graduate it statistics, and I recently applied to enrol in a local two-year college program to land a job in my rural hometown (I prefer to have a career in my rural ...
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Can we use online video lectures to free university professors from lecturing for lower-division courses in mathematics? [closed]

During the 2020-2021 Covid-19 season, universities and colleges around the world made most of their math classes online over Zoom and many professors have their recorded lectures. Most math lectures ...
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Teaching high school before PhD

I'm considering doing a 1-yr MST program and teaching high school for a few years before I do a PhD. Setting aside the cost of the program, is this a bad idea? Reasons I'm considering it are to ...
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How can I deal with students who try to steer a course (in the online setting)?

I am not a course instructor, but I am a teaching assistant for a large course in STEM in the large US school. I have been soliciting advice from students to improve the course and tutorial for the ...
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Is a policy of asking questions covering material not covered by lectures common in universities? [closed]

I have come to know a prominent EU university in which it is an official policy that examination questions will be external to the lectures. For example, say, they are teaching Probability & ...
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Wrong way of teaching

I am from a South Asian country. I did my Msc in mathematics from a flagship university in our country. I think some parts of the course structure and the syllabus is incorrect. For example ...
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Is it a good thing as a teacher to declare things like “Good! Things are becoming clearer already.”

Is it fine for a teacher who makes a topic look easy by saying things like: "Good!" or "Easy!" or "Everything becomes perfectly clear now!" Things I can think of in ...
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How to reply to students' emails that show anger about their mark?

I always find myself in a difficult situation on the rage of students who are upset about their marks they just received. I feel it is kind of difficult to reply to students' emails that sound very ...
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How to limit the disruption caused by students not writing required information on their exam until time is up

When proctoring exams, I am regularly faced with the issue of students not writing their name and/or additional required information on their exam until time is up and I am collecting the exams. This ...
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How to deal with a setting where some students come to synchronous class unprepared?

With Online Learning, I have prepared recorded videos that are equivalent to lectures. Therefore, I was planning to make the module more interactive. However, it is often the case that only 15% of ...
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To what extent is the students' perspective on the lecturer credible?

I am giving a master course with another colleague, but since I am more experienced in the subject, I took the most difficult lectures. My lectures contain a lot of mathematical equations and require ...
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How many marks should I take off for a student using an incorrect value? [closed]

I am marking tests and a student wrote down 64 instead of -64 for one of the questions. This obviously changed the entire question and they would have gotten full marks otherwise, (i.e. all their ...
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As a new faculty, I lack the knowledge of fundamentals in my field. What should be the course of action under my special circumstance?

Academics are supposed to be an expert in their field and should have a firm grasp on their subject of research. For example, my research is focused on Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and using ...
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Is it appropriate for professors to ask students to type notes for their classes (with or without paying students) in United States?

I wonder if it is appropriate for professors to ask their students in class to type notes (in latex whatever) for the classes they are teaching and if there is any "elegant" way for students ...
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Adjunct position at Johns Hopkins Engineering [closed]

I was reading the Notices of the AMS, and saw an advertisement for a part-time adjunct position for the "Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals" (https://ep.jhu.edu/about/teachforus/) ...
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How to rote learn? [closed]

I am doing a high school level assignment into the different learning styles used by people around the world. I am curious how exactly Asians, including people from India, actually perform rote ...
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Teaching duties in Italy for researchers, associate professors, and full professors

What are the teaching duties in Italy for researchers (RTDa & RTDb), associate professors, and full professors? In particular, I'd be interested to know, for each position, the number of courses/...
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Steady meeting room for Zoom office hours, ready at any time [closed]

I would like to have my office hours via Zoom with A link that doesn't change, so it's easy to find the meeting, and I can join my meeting at any time, if the need shows up, not just a scheduled ...
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Is it justified for a teacher to refuse your project proposals just because he wants something unique? [closed]

I'm new here and am not sure whether this is the right place to post such a question or not so rather than downvoting just tell me I'll move the question (as I don't want to be banned for having low ...
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A student who asked me to write a rec letter seems to have committed academic dishonesty in my class, what do I do?

A student (let's call them A) in my class that I just finished teaching asked me to write them a recommendation letter. I said yes, and the first deadline is Dec 15, as they often are (FYI, I'm ...
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How to deal with student's feedback about tutor

I'm a professor's assistant and design the exercises for his class. Each week the students are assigned some homework, which will be corrected by a tutor. I got an email from a student, who "...
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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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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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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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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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