A Mindset for Learning: The Dispositions of Academically Successful Students

Student learning is largely dependent on the type of mindset they hold. This article explains how teachers can help students achieve the mindset most beneficial to learning.

A Mindset for Learning: The Dispositions of Academically Successful Students

From: The Scholarly Teacher
By:Scott Gaier


Research Highlights How Easily and Readily Students Fabricate Excuses

How can you know when a student is lying about the “family emergency” that kept them from doing their assignment? According to this article, more often than not, students aren’t being entirely honest whenever they ask for an extension, with little regard to how much an assignment is worth.

Research Highlights How Easily and Readily Students Fabricate Excuses

From: Faculty Focus
By: Anna M. Carmichael and Lacy E. Krueger


Webinar: Racial Climate on Campus: Best Practices

Please join Institutional Equity and Inclusion for the webinar The Racial Climate on Campus: Best Practices for Education, Response & Adjudication

A Discussion with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Wednesday, July 22, 2-3:30pm in EERC 501

Race relations on campuses across the country have been charged, as a result of a number of incidents that have taken place in college communities and in communities at large.  Many institutions report having seen a loss of a civil community as we have known it to be – and we’ve seen a resurgence of student activism across the country in recent months, leaving administrators wondering how to encourage respectful student engagement.

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, President and Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and Washington Consulting Group, will provide strategies for engaging in best practices that meet the needs of your diverse student body so you can educate students about what constitutes racist speech and action, respond to incidents swiftly and effectively when they do occur, and adjudicate incidents effectively and fairly.

Please email Susan Sullivan (susulliv@mtu.edu) to reserve a space for this webinar.


Considering the Role You Want Assessment to Play in Teaching and Learning

This article presents a general overview of student learning assessment in higher education while suggesting how assessment techniques and activities can help you, your students and faculty groups support continuous improvement of learning at the course, program and university levels. I especially liked the comments posted by “Dan” that focus on the need for assessment to be collaborative within a department.

How To Talk About Assessment

From: Inside Higher Ed
By: Melissa Dennihy


Are You a Helicopter Professor?

This article informs the struggle many faculty have with the ultimate goal of helping students take responsibility for their own learning.   I especially like the “remove crutches” section which emphasizes our role in the PROCESS of helping students become independent learners.

How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Professor

From Faculty Focus – Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications
By: Berlin Fang


More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing

If you’ve read the latest of the Teaching Professor circulated to many faculty, you already know this:  Where learning is concerned, active learning beats lecturing.   A recent meta-analysis of 225 studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (PNAS) provided overwhelming evidence that active learning (of many kinds) both increases exam scores and lowers failure rates.   For more details, read the article below, the piece it references in the Teaching Professor, or the study itself.  (Note:  If you are an instructor at Tech and don’t currently get a copy of the Teaching Professor, just let us know…we can fix that!) 

More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing

From Faculty Focus – Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications
By Maryellen Weimer, PhD