EDvice Exchange

EDvice Exchange is the Center for the Advancement of Teaching‘s blog. It serves instructors in the Temple community and other institutions of higher education. This resource provides effective, research-based teaching practices for your consideration and the comments forum will enable you to engage with CAT staff and other participants.
Two printed pages, a magnifying glass, a pencil, and a pen
critical thinking, group work, practice, learning activities

Frequently, students encounter course work in which writing and revision practices are not integrated into the work of the classroom.  These tasks are left to students to undertake independently and this approach reinforces a belief that writing and revision are separate from learning and understanding content.

Peaceful Sunset by Giuseppe Milo

The scope of the faculty role is changing. Complex topics may come up more frequently and students expect that they will be discussed. Mental health and well-being is a growing concern among college students and is receiving national attention. While this larger conversation about mental health is helpful in reducing stigma and encouraging more folks to seek help, it also creates new challenges for faculty.

 

A pen and a marked-up printout.
grading, feedback, formative assessment, student writing

The time commitment necessary to give high quality feedback on drafts can make it seem impossible, especially when papers are long or classes are large.  Educational Developer Katherine Miscavige shares one method for reducing the time spent reading student drafts.

sunrise jump for joy

I’ve been thinking a lot about joy lately and, in particular, the desire to find real joy in our teaching work. Joyful work can be energizing, inspiring, and affirming, while joyless work can be enervating, tedious, and dispiriting. I’m not talking, of course, of perfection; in teaching, as in all things, there is no such thing. What I’m thinking about here is instead a soul-satisfying sense that you are doing the work you want to do and that you are doing it well. As teachers, it means also that you see the impact you are making on your students.

A selection of social media apps
student communication, social media

If you’ve ever struggled to keep up with student email, I’m sure you know that you are not alone. Social media can be the solution to this problem.

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