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This week's rundown

Teaching - Use Revise and Resubmit Instead of Extra Credit

It's that time of year. Students are getting their midterm grades, and you're faced with that inevitable question, "Can I do some extra credit?" This short article from Faculty Focus argues that extra credit does not treat the issue - a deficiency in understanding. If a tennis player is struggling with their serve, doing extra practice on their backhand will probably not help their serve game.

For a more pragmatic approach, have students revise the work that caused the poor score in the first place. The article gives tips on how to manage this process and argues that it takes as much or less time than the extra credit route.

Tech - Scheduling Advising Appointments

Leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and, once again, it is time for Denison students to register for spring classes. Along with course registration comes opportunities for students to make advising appointments with faculty members. Gone are the days when you had to email students back and forth 20 times to find a perfect time for an advising session. With Google calendar appointments, you can setup appointment slots that students can browse and signup for without a slew of scheduling emails to you. Read more about how to schedule advising appointment slots in this ETS blog post: Scheduling Advising Appointments.

Tidbit - Sharpening Your Think-Pair-Share Game

At a conference in 2011, I saw a speaker use a think-pair-share exercise with a room of more than 200 strangers. Within two minutes, he could barely quiet the room and the following conversation was rich and meaningful. I have used this strategy heavily in my classroom ever since.

Even though I am a firm believer in this discussion method, I am not always the best practitioner. This Inside Higher Ed article gives a quick overview of the think-pair-share model, as well as some helpful tips to get the most out of this classroom strategy. 

Easier access to the Chronicle

Let's face it. The Chronicle is to higher ed, what the WSJ is to, well... Wall Street. Now we have an even quicker way to access this important news source. Thanks to Sarah Schaff for this quick demo video. Please contact with any questions.


The Nielsen Center Teaching Workshop for Early-Career Faculty creates a sustained faculty learning community over successive workshop weekends. Workshop Fellows reflect on their vocation, context, and teaching practices and develop teaching strategies that nurture transformative student learning. Accommodations and travel is paid. Here for more details.
Have something you would like to share or ideas we should explore? Please send suggestions to Lew Ludwig by the Friday before for consideration.
Lew Ludwig
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching

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