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This will be an interesting experiment:

Sarah Rich (September 19, 2012). New School: A Tumblr for Making Your Own Textbooks. The Atlantic. Retrieved from on September 20, 2012.

"Currently, Scott explains, "professors that are really trying to push the edge and combine textbooks with technology are hacking together all these solutions. You see Wordpress blogs for course materials ... and then there's this problem: in order to teach the majority of college courses, you need copyrighted content and textbooks. There's no good way to merge all of the cool stuff, like Khan Academy, and all this other stuff together into one solution.""

"Ginkgo Tree presents an intuitive, visual interface, not unlike Tumblr's dashboard. For each course and subject, professors can upload links and images, embed video, post comments, and -- significantly -- import a chunk of scanned pages from print books. All of those resources get bundled into modules and arrayed in a navigable grid."

What is the role of libraries in helping faculty and instructors develop their own course materials? 

A "Jolt" to University Teaching

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Jennie B passed this on to A&H but I think it is interesting to all... 


Harvard Conference Seeks to Jolt University Teaching
By Dan Berrett

"Students should be made to grapple with the material and receive authentic and explicit practice in thinking like an expert, Mr. Wieman said. Faculty would need to provide timely and specific feedback, and move beyond lectures in which students can sit passively receiving information."

"Lectures set up a dynamic in which students passively receive information that they quickly forget after the test. "They're not confronted with their misconceptions," Mr. Mazur said. "They walk out with a false sense of security." The traditional lecture also fails at other educational goals: prodding students to make meaning from what they learn, to ask questions, extract knowledge, and apply it in a new context."

Then the articles gives a couple of ideas what helps learning:
  • low stakes quizzes
  • writing--for example to explain on concept
  • "Asking students to explain concepts or to teach one another the material they have just learned are also effective."
Just attended a webinar going over the ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011 Report

Here are a few interesting slides:





from Cultivating Learning post in Techniques in Teaching and Learning from the Center for Teaching and Learning:

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NancySimms.jpgSeems like we need to post a little something about about Nancy's article in the Chronicle from a while back...(I don't think we did at the time...)

Seems like a great example of teaching/learning all wrapped up in the national higher ed press...

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