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Once again, quality first-year courses (and an administration on your side) makes a difference.
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     "My undergraduate English and Religious Studies majors did not get me a job. But my liberal arts background and the intellectualism that it promoted did prepare me for a lifetime of learning and a variety of possible career paths. The latter of these two facts should not be undervalued in a hyper-connected global world where the career you prepared for as a student may already have become defunct by the time you graduate.
   Students need to be prepared for a rapidly changing world, and they need to be trained to be self-motivated learners who are capable of adapting to new skills, positions, or even entire new disciplines if they are going to be successful after graduation."
Lost amid the strident voices for higher education accountability and lower costs is the very real fact that we are on a dangerous trajectory that is potentially robbing our students of one of the mos...
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"To say that the purpose of colleges is to provide instruction is like 
saying that General Motors' business is to operate assembly lines or that the purpose of medical care is to fill hospital beds. We now see that our mission is not instruction but rather that of producing learning with every student by whatever means work best."
Barr and Tagg, 1995. From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education.
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Unfortunately, traditional undergraduates are not interested in taking classes online.  And nobody wants to pay $1400 for a course...
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“You should see some of the vitriolic e-mails I get. The generic complaint is that they (students) have to do all the learning themselves. Rather than lecturing, I’m making them prepare themselves for class—and in class, rather than telling them things, I’m asking them questions. They’d much rather sit there and listen and take notes. Some will say, ‘I didn’t pay $47,000 to learn it all from the textbook. I think you should go over the material from the book, point by point, in class.’ Not realizing that they learn precious little by that, and they should actually be offended if I did that, because it’s an insult to their intelligence—then, I’m essentially reading the book to them.”
http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/03/twilight-of-the-lecture
Active learning may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.
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Interesting article. Personally I always hated "group learning" activities in school. I usually found that I could learn more and get better grades by working on my own, but maybe I'm just a little antisocial....
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Okay people - somebody write us a good, free online peer grading system like these:
http://cpr.molsci.ucla.edu/
swordlrdc
but that is regularly updated and improved and generates lots of good user support.

Kthanks.
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The user support is the hardest. I don't really understand how that works in the open-source model.
But anyway, if you're really serious about it, get a mentor organization to sponsor the project. It could be a google SoC project and get people working on it. This summer. They start accepting mentor applications on the 27th. Moodle might even agree to be that mentor organization, you never know.
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"The large lecture class designed around the delivery of curriculum is dead.  MOOCs have killed this model of education, and good riddance and about time.  The classes that will replace the one-way learning large lecture courses will be superior, but more expensive in every way."
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So....
Cut funding for college educations, and tell students to take the class online somewhere?
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Perhaps the most important aspect of teaching.... is valuing connection with your students.
By Jeffrey R. Young. Michael Wesch has been on the lecture circuit for years touting new models of active teaching with technology. The associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State Uni...
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Maybe if class-time weren't all about note-capture....
Or maybe the instructor should sell their own notes.
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This is interesting news to me. The office for students with disabilities at some schools pays students for their notes to give them to students that have a disadvantage for note-taking (blind, nerve or muscular impairment, etc).
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Thinking about teaching: an example of teaching using a clicker question.
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Here's the next question - If a professor gives a point to all students who write an evaluation, how will that affect the score? Because that's what we do..
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Oh yeah.
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