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Small Steps Towards Student Self-Efficacy

Small Steps Towards Student Self-Efficacy

Many in education have seen the various equality vs. equity graphics circulated throughout professional development sessions. One has various animals that are all expected to climb a tree despite their differences in mobility. In another, children of different heights are trying to watch a baseball game behind a fence but the crates they stand on to gain a viewing advantage are all the same height. …

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A Guide to Transparent Assignment Design

A Guide to Transparent Assignment Design

Students might find themselves grappling with the mysteries of an assignment, wondering what an instructor’s directions mean, the assignment’s purpose, and its role in the larger context of a course.

Instructors should design assignments to ensure students actively engage with course content and develop essential skills. Transparent assignment design is a framework for structuring assignments to promote and encourage student learning. Many of these strategies might seem straightforward, and probably include practices you do often, but transparent assignment design is about intentionality and considering what you are asking your students to do and how it can lead to their success….

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The Human Professor: Opening up to Promote Engagement

The Human Professor: Opening up to Promote Engagement

Do you remember that even in the classroom you are still a full, dynamic, interesting, entire human being? Along the way, instructors sometimes pick up the message that they must maintain strict walls between students and themselves. Yet our imaginary walls may prevent us from making essential connections that support learning. We can share our humanity while maintaining professionalism if we interrogate the assumptions behind what it means to be “professional.” …

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