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TFSC: Lorraine Brewer, Wally Cordes Chair Discussion on “Refocusing Our Distracted Students: From Civil Inattention to Engaged Exploration”

 Lorraine Brewer gave a presentation titled, “Refocusing Our Distracted Students: From Civil Inattention to Engaged Exploration,” at the Wally Cordes Chair Discussion sponsored by the TFSC. One thing she emphasized was that there have always been...

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Faculty Spotlight: “Give Me a Good Wrong Answer”

Sometimes the most difficult thing in the classroom is getting students to answer questions. Often they are afraid of being wrong, looking stupid, or they are anxious about what the instructor will say or do. Other times they *think* they know the answer but are not...

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Sociology and Criminology Teaching Excellence Series: Creating Safe Spaces for Dissenting Views

Lynn Meade, instructor of communications, gave a presentation at the Sociology and Criminology Teaching Excellence series titled, “Creating Safe Spaces for Dissenting Views.” In this presentation, Meade focused on the difference between creating...

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Faculty Spotlight: “What Evidence Would Change Your Mind?” Using Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Critical Thinking and argumentation are key concepts and skills that we wish to teach our students. Sometimes it is difficult to get students to consider evidence for arguments when their “gut” or emotions are at play. When highlighting the need for...

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Faculty Spotlight: “I Expect…” and “You Can Expect…” – Syllabus Expectations

  The syllabus is often one of the most important documents we craft as faculty members. During a presentation when Lynne Meade was discussing guidelines for student civility during difficult discussions in the classroom, she said she has an “I expect”...

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Faculty Spotlight: Facts, Values, or Rhetoric – Activity for Evaluating Arguments

It is often difficult to get students comfortable with discussing difficult topics. In some cases it is a matter of knowing what is a good reason or a bad reason for accepting an argument for or against a topic. Shauna Morimoto, Vice-Chair and Director of Graduate...

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Faculty Spotlight: Using Starfish to Give Kudos to Students

As instructors we often go out of our way to make sure those students who are struggling are getting the help that they need.  One tool that the U of A has is UASuccess.  UASuccess “allows faculty, staff, and students to connect to people and services that will...

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Faculty Spotlight: Using Images to Enhance Student Reflection

Dr. Kate Shoulders, Associate Professor of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, gave a presentation titled “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Using Google Images to...

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TFSC: Open Educational Resources

Are you interested in learning about Open Educational Resources? Members of the University of Arkansas Open Educational Resources Team gave a presentation titled, “Open Educational Resources & You: Implementing OER in Your Courses What You Need to Know to Do It Now!” for the TFSC New and Not-So-New Faculty Lunch Series.

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HIPs: High Impact Practices

The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and the Offices of Student Success sponsored, “Are We H.I.P. Enough? A Retreat Showcasing High Impact Practices on Campus.”  The retreat, coordinated by Brande Flack, Danielle Dunn, and Deborah Korth, featured “high impact practices” being used to improve student success at the University of Arkansas.  The goal of the retreat was to work to create new ways to collaborate more effectively and efficiently to better our understanding of the initiatives happening at the U of A.  They had volunteers from across campus assist with leading discussions, activities, and short presentations on “High Impact Practices” or “Best Practices” that can lead to increased student retention and improved overall student experiences. So what are High Impact Practices?

All content in this post was developed by Brande Flack, Danielle Dunn, and Deborah Korth.

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