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The 'Q' Newsletter
August 11, 2016

Good morning!

In this week's news, find a report from the Education Advisory Board highlighting the central role faculty play in student success and get tips on how to set the tone for your course by making the most of the first day of class.

Plus, in our latest interview in the ACUE Community, a veteran educator shares insights on how to apply cognitive science to teaching and learning.

Student collaboration

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

The science of students' brains. The first step toward understanding how students learn, according to Terry Doyle, is to recognize that teaching isn't any different from other human-to-human interactions. (The 'Q' Blog)

Designed for learning. Colleges and universities are investing in innovative architecture on the grounds that new buildings will spur new thinking and increase collaboration. (New York Times)

Adjuncts at the table. Achieving the Dream and six community colleges unveiled an initiative to better involve adjunct faculty in their student success agendas. (Inside Higher Ed)

Student success “secrets.” A behavioral science research lab is turning its attention to higher education with the goal of establishing interventions that ensure students pursue and complete postsecondary education. (NPR Ed)

Classroom at the center. A new paper from EAB argues that faculty members are critical agents in student success, but too often they are “underemployed in that effort.” (Inside Higher Ed)

Syllabus day. A professor cautions what not to do on the first day of class and gives some ideas for how to start the semester strong. (Vitae)

Learning tools. Bonni Stachowiak curates a “top ten” list of learning tools for education as well as personal and professional learning from Jane Hart's top 100 list. (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Probing PD. Colleges and universities are pursuing different paths as they make changes to professional development, from bottom-up experimentation to system-wide revisions of strategic plans. (University Business)

Olympic classroom. Hear how one professor uses the Olympics as an experiential learning tool by traveling to the games with her students every two years. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Science of Students' Brains 
A Classroom Discussion
Understanding how students learn is complex, but “the first thing to recognize is that teaching isn’t any different than any other human-to-human interaction,” Terry Doyle tells us in an interview on our community blog.
“If you don’t value and respect your students, if you don’t treat them well, then the whole basis of what you’re trying to do is eroded before you get started,” said Doyle, a professor emeritus at Ferris State University and an expert in cognitive science.
Visit The ‘Q’ blog to read the entire interview, in which Doyle discusses the latest research in brain science and its connections to teaching and learning.
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