All posts by Michael Meyer

Faculty Blog: How do you encourage students to complete end-of-term evaluations?

End-of term course evaluations will open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, December 1.   Many on campus have had great success achieving a response rate above 70%, which is remarkably good for a survey like this.  How do you encourage students to participate?  What do you say or do that provides them with opportunities, reasons, or incentives to give you the constructive feedback you need to improve?



Faculty Blog: How do you manage student stress levels?

The next few weeks are the toughest in the academic year for students  (and maybe for instructors too!).  It’s been a long time since Labor and K-Day, and as the days get colder and darker, students struggle to stay motivated through to the break.  What do you do as an instructor to shake things up or keep things interesting during this stretch?  Share your favorite tips and techniques!


Faculty Blog: How do you define collaboration?

Evidence suggests that having students explain things to each other provides increased retention and depth of understanding.  This suggests that we should encourage discussion of class and homework.  However, allowing this kind of collaboration can lead to outright copying or make it difficult to measure an individual’s effort and understanding.  How do you define collaboration so students can strike this balance as they do the work for your class?


Faculty Blog: How do you reset student attention clocks?

Research has shown that student attention (and retention) starts to decline after about ten minutes of lecture.  Many instructors have therefore implemented small breaks or instructional mode changes approximately every ten minutes during class.  Share your favorite ways to regain student attention on the CTL Faculty Blog, and receive a small gift, or just view the blog to see what  others do!



Faculty Blog: How do you test with integrity?

Academic integrity is a continuous concern on campus, especially surrounding exams.    Share your best strategies for maintaining the integrity of your exams without creating lots of extra work or complexity.  How do you manage multiple exam versions?  What technologies do you use?  Contribute to the CTL Faculty Blog, and receive a small gift, or just view the blog to see others’ approaches!

Faculty Blog: What do you ask on your early term survey?

The Provost advocates that you ask at least two questions of your students – what is working well, and what could be improved – at about this time in the semester to provide feedback for a “course correction.”  But many instructors add questions of their own.   Share your favorite questions for student feedback on the CTL Faculty Blog, and receive a small gift, or just view the blog to see what questions others like best!