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The 'Q' Newsletter
August 4, 2016

What do you think?
That’s a question you should never ask students to get conversations started in class, Associate Professor Steven Benko says. “Students won’t know what to do with that question. You have to prime them and you have to prep them.”
Benko and his Meredith College colleague Professor Julie Schrock discussed ways to enhance student participation and discussion in an interview this week at the Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching in Asheville, North Carolina. Read the full interview on our community blog and share your insights about motivating student participation in the comments section.

Student class participation

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Student participation. Two professors share insights, advice, and challenges for increasing student participation in the classroom. (The ‘Q’ Blog)

Demographic shift. When it comes to embracing diversity on college campuses, a provost says that students look toward the front of the classroom for insight on how to behave in the real world. (Education Dive)

Marketing yourself. Joseph Barber of the University of Pennsylvania shares how to use traditional business marketing principles for career development and job seeking. (Inside Higher Ed)

Podcast watch. Vanderbilt University’s Derek Bruff has a new podcast featuring a conversation about the present and future of education technology with guest George Siemens. (Leading Lines)

Application season. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new system of college planning and application tools intended to make the application process simpler for students from lower-resourced high schools. (Washington Post)

Critical thinkers. A new study finds that Chinese students, who enter college with a multiyear advantage in critical thinking when compared to international peers, lose that advantage in college. (New York Times)

Renewable assessments. Rather than being discarded after grading, renewable assessments are intended for eyes beyond the student and professor and to add value to the world. (ProfHacker)

Syllabi squabbles. The syllabus is increasingly seen as a contract between student and instructor and therefore should be a fluid document that evolves in response to technology, cautions assistant professor Amber Comer. Collaboration among faculty can help colleagues effectively “get ahead of the ‘law’ of the syllabus.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

What freshmen read. Many colleges and universities have reading programs for incoming freshmen to stir discussion and unite classmates around a topic. Books for the class of 2020 range from coming-of-age novels and social justice memoirs to a political playbook from ancient Roman times. (NPR Ed)

Matchmaker, matchmaker. The existence of so many unemployed college graduates paired with employers looking to fill positions has led to the emergence of a new market of matchmakers intended to bridge the gap. (EdSurge)

Participation at #LillyCon 
Presentations at Lilly Conference NC
The month of August began with three days in Asheville, North Carolina at the Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching. Check out Twitter's #LillyCon page for the 140-character summaries. Visit our community blog for an in-depth conversation with Associate Professor Steven Benko and Professor Julie Schrock about student participation and engagement.

Pictured above, clockwise from left to right: Jan Tillman, East Carolina University; ACUE's workshop on facilitating engaging class discussions, which sparked lively small group conversations; plenary speakers Claire Major, University of Alabama, Terry Doyle, Ferris State University, and Todd Zakrajsek University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Catherine Ross, Wake Forest University; Julie Schrock and Steven Benko, Meredith College. (Credit: Kevin Kelly)
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