News Roundup: Productive Classrooms

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This week, the American Council on Education continues to emphasize the connections between student success and college teaching through its groundbreaking research initiative. Plus, find tips for combating prefinals exhaustion, building curriculum, and establishing new policies and practices in class.


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Rather than falling into an end-of-semester rut, instructors should encourage students to reflect on how their thinking has changed and might continue to evolve. (Vitae)

Assessing the connections between teaching quality and student success is a vital step toward dramatically increasing the number of Americans able to earn a college degree, write American Council on Education’s Molly Corbett Broad and USA Funds’ William Hansen. (The Huffington Post)

Instructors can navigate a divisive postelection climate by facilitating effective discussions and promoting a civil learning environment, Shontavia Johnson and Jennifer Harvey write. (Inside Higher Ed)

One professor’s graduate students host sessions on Reddit’s science channel, helping them rethink classroom boundaries and combat the spread of misinformation online. (EdSurge)

Instead of enforcing an outright ban on electronics, faculty can set designated times for when and how students can use their devices during class. (Teaching in Higher Ed)

ACUE’s Kevin Reilly and Penny MacCormack presented on the pressing need for great teaching in higher education at this year’s APLU Annual Meeting. (The ‘Q’ Blog)

Maha Bali suggests ways of involving undergraduate students in conferences that will benefit both instructors and students, such as having students present or participate in professors’ presentations. (ProfHacker)

Teaching students to think creatively encourages them to develop new approaches to problem-solving. (Teaching for Learning @ McGill University)

Leaders from the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education have laid out eight principles to guide colleges and universities in adopting, implementing, and purchasing online faculty development programming. (Educause Review)

As part of a model designed to encourage personal learning experiences, Katie Martin poses eight “essential questions” that should be answered before getting started. (Institution for Entrepreneurship in Education)

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