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NOVEMBER 17, 2016

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Each week, faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi are applying new research-based techniques in their classrooms. The 30-faculty cohort meets every Friday to discuss their experiences: whether students were more engaged, quieter students participated more, or the quiz results ticked up after refining their practice.


"I learn something. I go back and try it," Linda Hanson, a professor in USM's ACUE Faculty Development Institute, explains to the Hattiesburg American this week. Read more about how USM educators are growing a culture of great teaching on their campus. 

Southern Miss faculty — acue.org
Faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi discuss instructional strategies as part of their participation in ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices. 

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.
Learning opportunities. At the University of Southern Mississippi, faculty meet for 90 minutes every Friday to discuss teaching strategies as part of ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices. (Hattiesburg American
Grad gurus. Peer mentoring relationships among graduate students can support pedagogical training, write professors Estee Beck and Mariana Grohowski. (Digital Pedagogy Lab)
Teaching teamwork. Group work is most effective when educators prepare students to collaborate in teams and provide ongoing support and feedback throughout a project, according to researchers who examined the practice at two different institutions. (The Scholarly Teacher)
Postelection lessons. Academics encouraged class discussions and provided other forums for listening in the wake of last week’s surprising Election Day results. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Human interaction. By applying three key ideas, faculty can effectively use Learner Experience Design to merge human interaction with quality course design, resulting in increased student engagement. (EdSurge)


Extending the rules. A lecturer proposes a middle ground between rigidity and flexibility by granting assignment extensions on a case-by-case basis, prioritizing students’ learning over adhering to rules. (Vitae)


Free speech. Lasell College has taken measures to promote free speech and encourage diverse opinions in discussions while educating both students and faculty about bias and hurtful language. (University Business)


Deeper discussions. Instructors are searching for forums and structures to facilitate student discussions about sensitive issues. (EdSurge)



 

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Pics of the week: #APLU2016 and #POD16
Visual learning presentation – acue.org
Derek Bruff – acue.org
APLU exhibit – acue.org
APLU sign – acue.org
It was great seeing and meeting so many of you at two terrific events this week: the POD Network's Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and APLU's Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Pictured above, top row, are shots from Derek Bruff's dynamic presentation on visual learning in a session sponsored by ACUE. (Check out Derek's presentation on Prezi.) Pictured in the bottom row, ACUE's Jonathan Gyurko and Penny MacCormack greet visitors at our exhibit at APLU, and a sign directs attendees to a talk on "Great Teaching: The Missing Link in Your Student Success Agenda."

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