Around the Web: Best Practices

The White House recently called on the nation’s universities to produce more science graduates by adopting better teaching techniques. But which teaching techniques are most effective? A new study shows that learner-centered courses, taken early in a college career, can prime students to get more out of traditional lecture courses. Tomorrow’s Professor shares Jason N.…

Key Terms: Assessment

Assessment is synonymous with testing – but it should evoke so much more. What testing and assessment have in common is that they aim is to measure student learning: Did they learn? How well? But in practice, testing often measures how well students prepared for the test, rather than how well they learned. Tests also…

Around the Web: New Frontiers

Several recent news stories focused attention on the closely interrelated issues, in higher education, of technological innovation, rising costs, academic elitism, and personal, individualized small-class instruction. Apple entered the digital textbook market (prompting some skepticism); President Obama addressed the cost of higher education in his State of the Union Address; MIT announced that it would…

Around the Web: The Big Picture

The theme for this year’s StoryCorps’s “National Day of Listening” was thanking teachers—the heartwarming stories are here. NPR devoted the Thanksgiving episode of “Talk of the Nation” to the topic—listeners called in to thank their former teachers, and teachers called in to reflect on what it meant to be thanked. It was striking to hear not…

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…