Statement of Teaching Philosophy

In today’s guest post, Sam Richardson generously shares his statement of teaching philosophy. Sam is a graduate student in the department of Health Policy, and recently participated in the Bok Center’s Designing the Course of the Future seminar.  I see each new student who comes into my classroom as an intelligent novice. My mission as a teacher…

Around the Web: Our Minds, Our Learning

What’s in a brain? In the Chronicle of Higher Education, James Lang offers the first installment of a two-part post on memory: how it really works (hint: it’s not the long-outmoded tripartite model—long-term, short-term, and sensory—on which many faculty members still base their pedagogy), and how it might inform the way we teach. Some elementary schools are…

A Classic for a Reason: McKeachie’s Teaching Tips

McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers Reviewed by Nicole Deterding, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Sociology Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, first published in 1950 and now in its 13th edition, offers a hearty bread-and-butter treatment of college teaching that will both sate hungry first-time instructors and give…

Creative Assignment Chaos?

Among the many things I learned at the Bok Center’s Fall Teaching Conference was this: TFs are anxious about creative assignments. During a panel sponsored by the Program in General Education, creative assignments came up again and again. How should they be evaluated? What should prompts look like? What campus resources can TFs rely on?…

Around the Web: Hitting the Books

What will the textbook of the future look like? There has been a lot of buzz about e-textbooks this year. Will the iPad be the platform that turns the tide? What will collaborations between book publishers and educational platforms bring? Will late-adopting professors, publisher restrictions, questionable fees, and the nonexistence of a secondary market doom the conversion to digital? Will open-source…