Updates

March 6, 2017

Assignment Helps Students Assess their Progress

At the mid-term point in the semester, you can tell students really start to sweat academic stress. However, a unique twist on academic progress in any given class can be as easy as a personal reflection assignment. To read more on how to challenge your students to be accountable to themselves throughout the remainder of the semester, read the full article at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/assignment-helps-students-assess-progress/.

 

February 3, 2017

Do Quizzes Improve Student Learning? A Look at the Evidence.

At present, there is much discussion about evidence-based instructional practices, and means in which to best teach and assess concepts learned in the classroom. Evidence supporting quizzing provides more positive than negative feedback; quizzing often increasing student participation, improving exam scores, and improving overall course grades. To identify whether quizzing is an ideal teaching method for you, read more at: http://email.magnapubs.com/do-quizzes-improve-student-learning?ecid=ACsprvuAOgi4M2eXCeizbIcz02qCLmYGlWNsxYSEXAQW8e3RAGS1D8Go51NZ5et9xKZIEXaNDG7W&utm_campaign=Faculty+Focus&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=41703967&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_UYhhiO92arkveYnckFeM2P0Vm56ohzs7zaujhyHcohoJKW4aQ4F6JQxZVq-6obLgAYVPn5zYpMc4RzegUE4inR-lPgA&_hsmi=41703967 

 

December 8, 2016

A Memo to Students about Studying for Finals 

The end of the semester is a time in which faculty and students are tired. There are plenty of things going on, grades to be submitted and stress to go around. The pressure is certainly on, but from professor to student, encourage the following evidence-based studying techniques for successful completion of finals: start with a game plan; be realistic; prepare across several days; stay focused; mix the order in which you study the course content; and believe in yourself!

For more details, see: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/memo-students-studying-finals/?utm_campaign=Faculty+Focus&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=38846054&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8wnGW-0rJac-BCt-gTLfFCDZ2eEX9nMJku-bJr7rXqGkyAu5N7iMr9Yk23f8CUeWSMICaBG0yNnrRPLXP5PIc6-4yksQ&_hsmi=38846054

 

October 6, 2016

Note-taking Strategies to Improve Learning

Note-taking is an important skill that is often over-looked and under-utilized, especially with the continued advancement of the digital age. Riddled with distraction, more and more students are turning to the use of electronic devices for note-taking. In doing so, they are creating lecture notation word-for-word instead of putting forth focus on content being covered and interpreting information for understanding. As educators, it is our job not only to teach, but also to evoke critical thinking skills through the power of a pen. 

See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/note-taking-strategies-to-improve-learning/?utm_campaign=Faculty+Focus&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=33929957&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hzTm1bFo9phUEdY0K5fkxjVjF9o2UVBcn_hCVAsSofIs8YmyRQ5CGPXb8g5Jn_NemJaZV082fl9lv4o13KkM-N-6cpA&_hsmi=33929957

 

February 11, 2016

Well-Being at the Workplace

Headaches, stomach pain, nausea, and frequent colds and infections; not being able to fall asleep or having the need to sleep too much; making mistakes at work and feeling down and overwhelmed.  These are all symptoms of stress, and our devoted faculty members are unfortunately no exception when it comes to experiencing these detrimental consequences of work stress on their health.  Luckily the Office for Faculty Development and Enhancement is invested in the well-being of these faculty, and just last week hosted its second workshop on work-life balance.  This workshop focused on the self-care strategy of mindfulness:  a scientifically based stress reduction practice that has already found broad acceptance in companies such as Target, General Mills, and Google.  To start a movement at the University of Arkansas to take mindful breaks during one's work day, remember to breathe and not eat lunch at one's desk, you can join the Facebook group #RealBreak, which is hosted by one of the faculty members on campus.  Changing stressful habits isn't easy, but as a community, we can support each other to make that shift happen.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RealBreak/

 

January 25, 2016

What is Ro reading?  The Rhythms of the Semester:  Implications for Practice, Persona

We recognize that in the march of the semester we begin on a different note than we end on.  The early weeks hold promise and high hopes, both often curtailed when the first assignments are graded.  The final weeks find us somewhere between being reluctant or relieve to see a class move on.  There is an inexplicable but evident interaction between our teaching persona and the persona a class develops throughout the semester.  Some structural factors influence both:  among them - the type and level of a course, the discipline, the time of day, and whether the students are a cohort or a unique collection of individuals.

See more at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/the-rhythms-of-the-semester-implications-for-practice-persona/

September 9, 2015

What is Ro reading? Rubric Use in Formative Assessment:  A Detailed Behavioral Rubric Helps Students Improve Their Scientific Writing Skills

It is not uncommon to hear undergraduate instructors lament over the weak writing skills of many of their students.  The recent expansion of "writing intensive" courses across a wide range of disciplines...reflects the scope and importance of this problem.  This growth also underscores the need for more innovative approaches toward helping students become more effective writers.

See more at http://top.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/05/19/0098628315587618.full.pdf

July 29, 2015

What is Ro reading? A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning

At its most basic level, the syllabus is used to communicate information about the course, the instructor, learning objectives, assignments, grading policies, due dates, the university's academic integrity statement, and, in some cases, an increasingly long list of strongly worded admonitions on what is and isn't acceptable behavior in the college classroom.

See more at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-classroom-management/a-learner-centered-syllabus-helps-set-the-tone-for-learning/

June 18, 2015

What is Ro reading? The Secret to Hitting Your Writing Goals May Be Simple:  Peer Pressure

It's summertime, when scholars dream of doing all the writing they didn't find time for during the academic year.  But some have found a year-round, low-budget solution to the academic writer's time crunch:  Schedule a meeting.

See more at http://chronicle.com/article/The-Secret-to-Hitting-Your/230711/ .

June 16, 2015

What is Ro reading? More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing

The June-July issue of The Teaching Professor newsletter highlights a study you don't want to miss.  It's a meta-analysis of 225 studies that compare STEM classes taught using various active learning approaches with classes taught via lecture.

See more at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/more-evidence-that-active-learning-trumps-lecturing/ .

January 14, 2015

What is Ro reading? Writing With a Heavy Teaching Load

Yes, you can 'find time' to write, but not without sacrifices.

See more at http://chronicle.com/article/Writing-With-a-Heavy-Teaching/151155/.

November 7, 2014

What is Ro reading? So Many Papers, So Little Time

It’s not just you. All over the country, college instructors young and old are groaning under the weight of too much grading. For some, this circumstance has already lasted weeks. For others, a back-loaded syllabus is only just now collecting its debts. What once had seemed to be a manageable course load has now revealed itself to be nearly untenable, with piles of ungraded papers taunting you in the office, in the car, at home. Although it happens every semester, the extent of it always comes as something of a surprise, doesn’t it? How are you going to get through all this grading?

See more at https://chroniclevitae.com/news/789-so-many-papers-so-little-time#sthash.Yn3CcZ7d.dpuf.

September 29, 2014

What is Ro reading? The Surprising Secret to Better Student Recall
Last spring, a new study showed that students who took notes in longhand did substantially better on conceptual questions than those who took notes on a laptop. The results were, perhaps, not that surprising—until you consider that the laptops in the study had Internet access disabled.

Read the rest of the article at Faculty Focus.

September 2, 2014

What is Ro reading? Reality Check: Helping to Manage Student Expectations
Most students begin college, the academic year, and new courses motivated and optimistic. Many first-year students expect to do well because they were successful in high school. Some are right, but others will only find similar success if they work much harder than they did in high school. Yet most start out expending the same level of effort. They will talk with their classmates and convince each other that an exam covering three chapters can’t be that hard, so they put off studying and then “look over” the chapters the night before—happily dealing with any and all interruptions and distractions.

Read the rest of the article at Faculty Focus.

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August 25, 2014

Did you know? Our 2014 freshman class will be very close to 4,550 with an average GPA of 3.6. We have 33 Greek organizations on campus representing a diverse student body. HPER hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday:  6 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday:  6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Sunday:  1 to 11:45 p.m.

August 20, 2014

Did you know? The University of Arkansas is the seventh fastest growing university in the United States and has been ranked number four as the top ten college towns.

August 12, 2014

All of us in the Office of the Provost are looking forward to welcoming our newest members to our academic community. New Faculty Orientation starts August 19 in Reynolds Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. There's also a New Faculty Welcome Reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fowler House, the chancellor's residence. On August 21, the Baum Teaching Workshop will be held at the Walton College of Business Auditorium, 116, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For those returning, we hope to see you at the Baum Teaching Workshop.  It's a new beginning! Have some fun.