News Roundup: ACUE Faculty Development Institute Expands at USM

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This week, the ACUE Faculty Development Institute expands at Southern Mississippi and Miami Dade College wins a prestigious recognition.

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Achieving the Dream. Miami Dade College, a founding ACUE partner, received the 2017 Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award for outstanding achievement in designing a student-focused culture. (MDC News)

ACUE in action. After a successful launch last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi is expanding its ACUE Faculty Development Institute. (Southern Miss Now)

Wiki-learning. Asking students to create and contribute to Wikipedia pages can help them learn how to research topics and share their knowledge with a larger audience. (nprEd)

Dealing with diversion. In the age of distraction, instructors can engage students by sharing clear learning objectives and employing activities such as quizzes, polls, or writing prompts to stimulate students’ thinking before or after a lesson. (GradHacker)

First-year innovation. There are myriad ways to transform the freshman-year experience, such as fostering a sense of belonging and involving first-year students in the institution’s research studies. (Higher Ed Gamma)

Professors on board. Faculty are more likely to support campus initiatives when they benefit teaching and learning; for instance, a Maryville professor backed the campus-wide distribution of iPads when he discovered ways of incorporating interactive apps into his lesson plans. (The Chronicle of Higher Education – Paywall)

Superstar scholars. A Brookings Institute study suggests that there is no discernible link between the quality of professors’ research and their teaching skills. (Inside Higher Ed)

Instructing instructors. A new book of student commentary aims to show instructors how they can meet the learning needs of their students, offering advice ranging from “go easy on jokes” to “proofread your emails to students.” (EdSurge)

Measuring success. A report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows that instructors should emphasize teaching transferable and critical thinking skills. (Inside Higher Ed)

Design thinking. An instructor advocates for an expansion of evidence-based teaching practices and exploring new ways to create learning experiences that cater to students’ needs. (Medium)

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