• Sapling Improvements and Maintenance

    We will be performing system maintenance on Sunday morning July 21st  from 12:01am Eastern until 7am Eastern as well as Friday morning July 26th from 6am to 9am Eastern. Sapling will not be available during these...
    Becky Anderson
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  • It’s Raining … Flash Drives? Harnessing the Positive Power of Relative Deprivation

    How you and I feel about our lives depends greatly on our social comparisons. We feel smart when others seem dimwitted, and grateful for our health when others are unwell. But sometimes during social comparisons our s...
    David Myers
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  • The Amazing Power of Attention

    I’m often asked: “What is your favorite introductory psych chapter?” I reply that, when starting to write my text, I presumed that Sensation-Perception would be the dullest topic. Instead, I’ve...
    David Myers
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  • Design Principles from Career Field to the Writing Classroom

    Students typically know about design in their own career fields. Civil engineering majors, for instance, typically know what a good bridge, a well-designed intersection, or an efficiently designed airport looks like. ...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • What Contributes to Overall Learning in Master’s Level Nursing Programs?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2016 and 2026, overall employment of advanced nurse practitioners will increase by about 31%. The aging population in the United States as well as an emphasis on pr...
    Sara Jo Lee
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  • Helping students learn from their mistakes

    When I was in school, the first thing I did when I got a graded assignment or exam back was look at what I missed and why. I assumed that was what everyone did. False consensus effect, anyone?   In a webinar a n...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Complicating the Literacy Narrative

    In “The Importance of the Act of Reading,” Paolo Freire wrote: “Language and reality are dynamically intertwined. The understanding attained by critical reading of a text implies perceiving the relat...
    Susan Naomi Bernstein
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  • RESEARCH NOTE | How Does Class Participation Relate to First Year Student Success?

    For those who teach in a classroom, the positive benefits of engaging and participating in class are apparent. Both in research and in practice, classroom engagement has previously been shown to increase both motivati...
    Sara Jo Lee
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  • Writing a Course Manual

    I am currently revising my Technical Writing Course Manual, in preparation for my summer session course, and I want to share the document and how it has worked this week. I first created the manual, using a Google Doc...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • Advice for new instructors: What I know now that I wish I had known then

    While I am still not close to retirement, I am certainly closer to retirement than I am to my first year of teaching. This August will be the 30th anniversary of when I stepped in front of a classroom as a person of a...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Political Memes from the Internet to Protest Posters

    As I have written in my last two posts, I presented on the ways that image macro memes (the memes that usually consist of an image and a text caption) at the Computers and Writing Conference in June. Specifically, I f...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • How are the Next Generation of Digital Products Being Designed for Greater Student Success? Macmillan Learning Shares Learning Science Blueprints

    Macmillan Learning released under a creative commons license four new research reports that provide guidelines for designing next-generation learning experiences. These “Learning Science Foundations” build...
    Marisa Bluestone
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  • Um… how can we reduce ums in our speech?

    As instructors, almost all of us are public speakers. We pay a lot of attention to our content, but how much do we pay attention to how we are presenting our content?   Um, if we, um, had as many ums in our writ...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Sabbatical's End

    My semester-long sabbatical ended abruptly with the start of summer session at my college so it’s the perfect time to reflect on five months of research. The goal of this project at the outset was to study the c...
    Suzanne McCormack
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  • Traditions Around the Fourth of July

    The Fourth of July is a celebration that harkens images of backyard barbecues, apple pie, fireworks, and maybe even the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. The traditions surrounding the Fourth of July are just as importan...
    Kasey Greenbaum
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  • Image Macro Meme Makers

    LOLcat defining Politics, with captions, Politics: n - frum Greek. Poli - many, tics - blood sucking parasites Last week, I shared a Political Meme Scavenger Hunt activity, one of the resources that I also shared at t...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • Congratulations to the Assessment and Impact Award Winners!

    After nearly twenty years as the most widely used program assessment solution in higher education, we are excited to announce the Assessment and Impact Award. This recognition was created to highlight programs who are...
    XIAO TAN
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  • Using Google Forms to Create Fast Class Activities

    Google Forms make an easy task of collecting information from students for class discussion and writing activities. Just gather student responses your Google Form, and use the collected responses as the basis of class...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • Sapling Improvements (in June)

    Today we had a release that allowed us to share some much-asked-for changes to the way the homepage in Sapling works.   Instructors can now select multiple items on the course home page, including assessments, la...
    Becky Anderson
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  • Join me at the next AP Psych Reading!

    Do you teach Intro Psych? If so, I am personally inviting you to join me at the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Reading in Tampa next year (June 10-16, 2020; apply here). Choosing to attend the Reading was – ...
    Sue Frantz
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