Posts Categorized: resources

What We’re Learning About Learning Podcast: Bringing Belonging to the Classroom

We wrapped up our second season with a closer look at a theme that has come up repeatedly in our podcast: belonging. Our interviews with faculty have focused on a wide range of topics, including antiracist pedagogy, accessibility, experiential learning, well-being, and religious diversity. But, in conversation after conversation, the faculty, staff, and students we… Read more »

Notes from a Faculty Panel: Tools and Techniques to Sustain Good Teaching

As part of our annual back-to-class support known as Digital Learning Days, we invited three well-regarded professors to speak and field questions. Angela van Doorn (Biology), Patrick Johnson (Physics), and Huaping Lu-Adler (Philosophy) joined us for an hour-long  panel on “This Made My Life Easier”: Tools and Techniques to Sustain Good Teaching. We discussed the… Read more »

What We’re Reading: All Racial Stereotypes Hurt STEM Students

illustration by William Cleaves I am an Asian man in STEM. That identity carries a stereotype in this society; I am expected to excel academically within the discipline, expected to have an almost monastic focus on research in exclusion of other aspects of my life, and expected to be passive in demanding recognition for my… Read more »

What We Are Learning About Learning: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Practice

Artwork by Clare Reid Higher education’s deep racial inequalities require more than just building awareness. To properly address these injustices, professors need to engage in anti-racist policies and teaching methods in order to change their classrooms and the campus environment for the better. In the latest episode of the What We’re Learning About Learning podcast,… Read more »

What We’re Reading: University rationales for diversity highlight the structural inequalities of higher education

Artwork by Clare Reid Universities’ motivations for pursuing diverse student bodies are mostly designed to attract and benefit white students, and this may negatively affect academic outcomes for BIPOC students, according to a recent paper by researchers Jordan G. Starck, Stacey Sinclair, and J. Nicole Shelton from Princeton University. 

What We’re Reading: Class Discussion as a Forum for Inequity

illustration by Clare Reid Ideally our in-class discussions are a forum where all of our students can contribute and learn—but a recent study by Jennifer J. Lee and Janice M. McCabe (Gender and Society, 2021) found striking and meaningful differences between men and women in their amount and style of participation. Overall the picture is… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Building an Anti-Racist Teaching Practice

illustration by Clare Reid Becoming an anti-racist educator, as Kyoko Kishimoto emphasizes in her 2018 article “Anti-racist pedagogy: from faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom” (Race Ethnicity and Education) is a lifelong process. It’s a process that asks us to examine ourselves and the structures that surround us, and to involve students… Read more »

What We’re learning About Learning: A Pandemic Year In Review—Lessons Learned for Remote Teaching and Learning

image bu Omar Al-Ghossen It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a full year of remote teaching and learning as a result of COVID-19.  While we’re all looking forward to the day when in-person classes can safely resume, higher education has learned a lot through the crisis. In the first two episodes of the… Read more »

Academic Cheating is a Big Problem—So It Needs More Than one Solution

infographic by Mindy McWilliams We’ve been talking a lot about cheating during the COVID era (including in our recent Higher Ed in the News Post). In fact, the statistics on academic integrity have long been disappointing—as others have noted, cheating has played a worrisome role in the educational experience for thousands of years—but the current… Read more »

Making Spring Semester More Manageable for You and Your Students

photo by Max van den Oetelaar Given the challenges of virtual and hybrid teaching, faculty self-care is going to be crucial to getting us all through the spring. But even self-care can be stressful if it means adding another to-do to our already-long lists. Luckily, self-care doesn’t have to add burdens, and neither does caring… Read more »