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Course Reserves: An FAQ

Have you inadvertently caused a recall war amongst your students? Then you know why it’s important to plan ahead and put materials on reserve at the library. Reserves are the best way to ensure that all of your students enjoy equal access to course materials—Chris Lenney (Lamont Reserves Assistant) offers the following FAQ about reserves at…

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Research Assignment RX

We’ve all been there: you’ve handed out the research assignment. Your students have begun working on it. But there’s a snag—the material isn’t as easy to find or as abundant as you thought; your students are missing crucial context; the instructions are ambiguous on a key point; you hadn’t anticipated what would happen when students…

Teaching with Research Guides

You’ve probably encountered a library research guide before—perhaps you’ve taken a course that had its own LibGuide, or consulted your department’s guide for graduate study—but have you thought about using a research guide as teaching material? Library guides are not just lists of amazing resources, though they are that, too. They’re also glimpses into particular…

Around the Web: Summer Reading

Over the past two semesters, I have become quite accustomed to reading Odile’s Around the Web blog posts every Friday with suggested readings for the week. Unfortunately, the end of Odile’s position as a Departmental Teaching Fellow also brings the end of her time as an editor of the Bok Blog (which makes me incredibly sad!).…

Around the Web: Best Of

Around the Web is going on summer break. As I reflect back on a year’s worth of stories, arguments, and ideas in education, there are a few that have really stayed with me. In no particular order, here they are: “In Which Tenured Radical Ponders The Twists of Fate That Can Mean Everything To An…

Around the Web: Time on Task

In the Washington Post last week, Daniel de Vise discussed new findings that the amount of time college students spend studying, reading or otherwise preparing for class is about 60% of what it used to be. Possible culprits include softer academic standards, increases in study efficiency thanks to technology, and more demands on students’ time…

Around the Web: Testing and Thinking

Last week there were a couple of stories in the news about how standardized testing can dovetail with curriculum development. This week, the College Board announced that David Coleman will be its new president and CEO. Coleman co-founded the non-profit that helped develop the Common Core standards, and the move demonstrates the College Board’s focus…

Bok Center Teaching Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to the first graduating class in the Bok Center’s new Teaching Certificate Program! Erin Blevins, OEB Louis Epstein, Music Allison Gale, EPS Odile Harter, English Arnold Ho, Psych Sadaf Jaffer, NELC Matthew Mugmon, Music Anita Nikkanen, Classics & Comp Lit Sean O’Reilly, History Asher Orkaby, History Ruxandra Paul, Government Shauna Shames, Government Victor Shnayder,…