Home
Core Goals
Advisory Board
Board of Counselors
Teaching Arts Lunches
Teaching Circles
Conferences
Resources
Pedagogical Articles by Smith Authors
Related Links
In the News
News & Events
For New Faculty
Interesting Articles

 

In the News Archive:


"One Measure of a Professor: Students' Grades in Later Courses"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2011
Could grades in Calculus II courses actually be a better indication of how well Calculus I was taught?

"Rethinking Advanced Placement"

The New York Times, January 9, 2011
A sweeping redesign of Advanced Placement aims to take the rote out. In biology, that means half the multiple-choice questions.

"Six Top Smartphone Apps to Improve Teaching, Research, and Your Life"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2, 2011
Professors elaborate on the mobile programs that have made their work lives easier to handle.

"Cross-Disciplinary Grading Techniques"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 22, 2010
Using a clear and simple rubric—similar to those used in the humanities—to grade her students' work in a physics class leads this professor to wonder about other assessment techniques that could be shared across disciplines.

"How Teaching Changed My Mind about the iPad"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2010
Having initially returned an iPad as a pretty, but not very useful gadget, guest author Alan Jacobs explains how teaching made him change his mind.

"Breaking Out of Grading Jail"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 4, 2010
Grading is a burden, an opportunity, and just one more thing on our to-do lists. It is all of this and more.

"Teaching Carnival 4.3"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1, 2010
Teaching Carnival 4.3 provides a roundup of links devoted to pedagogy in higher education.

"Using Clickers to Facilitate Peer Review in a Writing Seminar"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 19, 2010
Grading is a burden, an opportunity, and just one more thing on our to-do lists. It is all of this and more.

"Graphic Display of Student Learning Objectives"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 19, 2010
Graphic displays of student-learning outcomes or course goals can help students understand the rationale behind assignments, and graphics can help faculty members think/rethink course design.

"Teach Creativity, Not Memorization"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 10, 2010
If we want students to be creative but then teach them to memorize, we fail.

"Without Assessment, Great Teaching Stays Secret"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 10, 2010
Bright students are flocking to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Yet far more people don't know about its successes.

"Grading Classroom Participation Rhetorically"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 6, 2010
A self-reflexive essay assignment can help students understand how teachers assess a common course objective that can seem purely subjective or arbitrary.

"A Measure of Education Is Put to the Test"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 19, 2010
The Collegiate Learning Assessment, a 90-minute essay test, has prompted major instructional changes on some campuses. It's about to get a lot better known.

"Many College Boards Are at Sea in Assessing Student Learning, Survey Finds"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 9, 2010
Boards do not spend enough time discussing student-learning outcomes, nor do they understand the subject well enough, says a report on the survey results.

"Why Teaching Is Not Priority No. 1"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 5, 2010
Efforts to assess learning often fail because there's little incentive for faculty members to be better teachers.

"Brilliance in a Box"

Slate, September 5, 2010
What do the best classrooms in the world look like?

"Linked In With: a Writer Who Questions the Wisdom of Teaching With Technology"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 4, 2010
If you're looking for a contrarian take on technology, Nicholas Carr is your man.

"Stanley Fish: Student Evaluations, Part Two"

The New York Times, June 28, 2010
Further discussion, with readers taking part, on the pros and (mostly) cons of students' evaluations of teachers.

"Stanley Fish: Deep in the Heart of Texas"

The New York Times, June 21, 2010
Assessing teaching performance through student evaluations is still a terrible idea, and Texas is leading the way.