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Teaching - Super super super stressed out agh

Recently, I was taken aback by a text from my son: "Super super super stressed out agh." He is in his sophomore year, with a heavy schedule, but this was out of the ordinary for the “iceman” (a nickname I gave him for always being cool under pressure, and a Bjorn Borg reference). Clearly my son is not alone. Many students are struggling as they try to complete an impossible year. But like many “good” students, my son did not want to share his concerns with instructors for fear of being considered whiney or weak.

In this IHE article, student Joseph Maronski shares his experiences with this year and puts a call to administration to help support students during these stressful times. While I support his call, this important work needs to be shared. As instructors, we are on the frontline with students. Check in with your students to see how things are going. For example, use a polling system to create an anonymous word cloud for the question: Three words that describe my week.

Also, consider how much content and grading is needed in these last few weeks of the semester. As instructors, many of us are covering less content this academic year. David Goodblar argues in this Chronicle piece that maybe that’s a good thing for students. As we create a list of what to carry forward from what we learned this year, maybe the old adage "less is more” should be on that list.

BTW, my son is doing better. Backstory, he texted right before a high stakes test where students were told “you’ll have 25 questions. Most of you will get 60% or less. That’s okay.”  %#!$& No, it’s not okay, but we'll save that for another post.

Tech - Remote exam tip

With finals just around the corner, some faculty might be conducting these exams remotely again this semester. If you are one of them, read over the ETS blog post from the fall semester titled "Tech Recommendations for Remote Exams." It provides three clear options for how to conduct exams in a remote setting. If you are using Notebowl for your exams, it is a good idea to watch this video that covers how to best setup tests and quizzes in Notebowl.

Need more help with structuring an exam that involves technology? Sign up for a consultation with an EdTech for help figuring this out. 

DRAWN OUT CONFERENCE: How Artists Break Through Creative Ruts

The Drawn Out Conference, organized by Assistant Prof. Keith Spencer, had its inaugural zoom presentation this past weekend, Saturday, April 24th, 10am. The guest speaker was artist and collector of children’s art, Brian Belott. Access the archived zoom presentation and more information at

The Drawn Out Conference consists of several early career artist educators from nearby institutions coming together to learn how drawing is used to reinvigorate their art practice. The conference, a drawing in its own right, is structured as a traveling exhibit accompanied with online presentations and discussions. The first exhibition installment is currently on view in DU Museum’s Flex Space and runs through mid-May, where it will travel onto its next participant destination.

Connecting Liberal Arts Linguists

In many Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs), the study of Linguistics is not offered as a major, a minor, or a concentration, yet linguistics is integrated into courses across departments. Departments such as Modern Languages, Philosophy, Computer Science, Anthropology, Sociology, and/or Communication have faculty who specialize in language.

The goal of this conference/workshop, organized by Dr. Nausica Marcos Miguel and Dr. Mary Beaton, is to discuss teaching Linguistics in the LACs context. The main aims of this conference are to create community among early career and senior linguists and to explore possibilities for developing interdisciplinary concentrations or minors in our LACs.

June 3rd (11:00am to 12:30pm EST) & June 4th (11:00am to 2:00pm EST)
on Zoom - conference website.

Telling the Semester’s Story: helping your students reflect on their learning in your class and translate the skills developed 

Wrap up this Spring semester with Dr. Julie Mujic by helping your students reflect on their learning in your class and translate the skills they’ve developed into language that employers understand. We’ll review the eight career competencies most desired by employers and help you think about how to lead your students in a discussion about the assignments and projects that showcased those skills this semester.
Wednesday, April 28, 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom
Please sign up here. Click here to add to your Google calendar with Zoom link.

Lew Ludwig
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching

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