Monthly Archives: September 2015

Letting Go of Expectations: A Man Used to Mario Kart Teaches About Video Games

— Paul Woodburne I earned my doctorate before universities heavily emphasized accreditation and assessment. I was taught in the old chalk-and-talk style. This style works well for conveying a lot of information quickly and efficiently. I, the expert, lecture. The … Continue reading

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Dear Lost and Confused

Dear Ms. Scholar, This year’s promotion results are better than last year’s, but they’re still not good. People ranked high for promotion were skipped, while people who were much lower on the rankings weren’t. While I’m happy for everyone who … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Avid Advisor

— Kathleen A. Welsch I have a confession to make. I enjoy advising. On its most basic level, the process of guiding students to a four-year graduation is like a logic problem. Making sure that advisees meet general education, major, … Continue reading

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Taking Risks and Giving Up Control

— Jeanne M. Slattery I decided to approach my classes differently this semester than I typically do. On our first day of class, I walked into my two inquiry seminars and asked them what they liked about college, what they … Continue reading

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