Posts By: David Ebenbach

Spirited Conversations: When Faculty Learn Together

For the most part, teachers at colleges and universities work in parallel, engaged with their students but not necessarily with one another. And yet, as we keep discovering at CNDLS, amazing things happen when you create spaces where faculty can come together to grow.   We see this again and again in our work in… Read more »

Shared Work: How Student Well-Being Can Bring Faculty and Staff Together

In an opinion piece published on Inside Higher Ed this week, CNDLS’ David Ebenbach argues that academic institutions depend on the efforts of many people doing many kinds of work; faculty and staff, for starters, are both essential to our students’ success. And yet at many colleges and universities there are few opportunities for faculty and… Read more »

Nervous About Technology in the Classroom? It’s Already There—and That’s Good News.

Even if you never touch the computer console that’s probably built into your room, even if you don’t know anything about blogs or have a policy against students working on laptops in class, you’re still working with technology—which is to say: practical, human-made tools that help you teach and that help your students learn. Seen… Read more »

Getting Unstuck: Dealing with Bottlenecks and Threshold Concepts

Where do your students get stuck? Every course has them: those places where students who’ve been cruising pretty comfortably through the material suddenly stop in their tracks. Maybe there’s a session you keep tweaking because, no matter what you do, students struggle at this one particular spot. Maybe there’s one assignment that students regularly bomb…. Read more »

Teaching in Difficult Times Workshop

Wherever you locate yourself on the political spectrum, there’s no avoiding the fact that the current semester is beginning against a national backdrop of stress, conflict, and challenge. Our students are feeling these stresses, naturally, and so are we—both outside and inside the classroom. With all this in mind, on Thursday, August 31, CNDLS hosted… Read more »

Reflection: Turning Information into Meaning

Is the semester already starting to feel like a blur? Even early on, ideas and conversations accumulate quickly, and students (and faculty, too) may be doing all they can to keep up. Students may not be taking the time—they may not have the time—to integrate everything they’re learning or to connect it to other areas… Read more »

Teaching after Charlottesville: Resources and a Workshop

As the school year begins, many of us—students, faculty, and staff—are still affected by and preoccupied with the events surrounding the white supremacist march in Charlottesville earlier this month. For faculty and staff, this means we need to be thinking about how to approach our students, and how to take on, in the spaces we… Read more »

Implicit Bias: What’s in Your Classroom?

Psychological and sociological research have made it clear that everybody is prone to biases. What’s more, some of these biases we carry and deploy unreflectively, often unwittingly, or in other words implicitly. What this means for us is that all teachers carry unexamined, unintentional judgments and expectations with us into the classroom—a mental picture of… Read more »