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February 2, 2017

This week, see how instructors are using the current political climate as a teaching tool, from archiving signs from the Women's March as examples of effective design and history to guiding students to research facts about controversies to become more informed citizens. 

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Teaching transformations. President Mark Schlissel explains how the University of Michigan is constantly improving instruction through measures such as using massive open online courses (MOOCs) to reach adult learners and larger audiences. (EdSurge)

Trusting academia. Members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) discussed how to regain the public’s trust in higher education at their annual meeting last week. (Inside Higher Ed)

E-Education. Online learning offers opportunities to rethink teaching practices, promotes evidence-based methods, and provides increased access to learning, Joshua Kim says. (Technology and Learning)

Pooling resources. California Community Colleges launched the largest course exchange to date; faculty receive instructional design support to build the online courses, and students can enroll in courses at other campuses within the system. (EdSurge

Peer edits. Rob Jenkins, an English professor, explains why he doesn’t edit first drafts of students’ papers but instead asks his students to engage in peer review, so they learn to write for an audience instead of for a grade. (Vitae)

Read with caution. An English instructor reveals how one student taught her that reading involves moral risk-taking and changed her perspective on teaching literature. (The Chronicle Review)

Pedagogy of protests. A design professor plans to archive signs from the Women’s March at Northwestern to illuminate the movement, while other professors use them to teach history, women’s issues, and other subjects. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Inviting inquiry. Instead of revealing their opinions about political controversies, instructors should teach students how to ask relevant questions and research the facts supporting different positions, Maureen Costello suggests. (The Huffington Post)

College for all. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is proposing a measure that would grant in-state residents two years of free tuition at public colleges, which would make Rhode Island the first U.S. state to guarantee free access to higher education. (AP)

Closing gaps. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play an important role in promoting upward mobility for lower income students, a new study finds. (Brookings)

ICYMI: Quality Instruction Matters for Student Outcomes
ACE and Effective Teaching
The American Council on Education (ACE) released a white paper stating that effective teaching is closely linked with student success, but evidence-based practices are still not widely used in higher education. 

Natasha Jankowski, the paper's author, writes that success hinges on whether students are learning from proven instructional methods and in engaged learning environments. 

Visit ACE's Effective Teaching page and ACUE's 'Q' Blog for more information.
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