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Quick Reads

Below you will find a collection of quick reads on big issues in higher education, subdivided by topic. The idea is to satiate or stimulate your curiosity about topics and trends in faculty development, higher education, and teaching and learning. All are jargon-free, yet informative. Some even have immediate take-aways and applications to your classes and career. So scroll through each category and enjoy!


Teaching and Learning

  1. Zoom Conversations vs In-Person: Brain Activity Tells a Different Tale Neuroscience
  2. 3 Common Myths About Learning—and What Teachers Can Do Instead Edutopia
  3. A Matter of (Teaching) Style: Active Learning and Student Identities Inside Higher Ed
  4. Why Students Should Write in All Subjects: Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory. Edutopia
  5. Asynchronous vs. Synchronous: How to Design for Each Type of Learning CatlinTucker
  6. Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms Vanderbilt University
  7. The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle Edutopia
  8. Completing a Face-To-Face Course Online Following A Campus Mandate The Scholarly Teacher
  9. Education When Information Is Free Inside Higher Ed
  10. Teaching Research in the First-Year Writing Classroom in the U.S. Inside Higher Ed
  11. Understanding Adoption of New Teaching Strategies through a Behavioral Change Model The Scholarly Teacher
  12. The Dangers of Fluent Lectures: A study says smooth-talking professors can lull students into thinking they've learned more than they actually have -- potentially at the expense of active learning. Inside Higher Ed
  13. Teachers Still Believe in 'Learning Styles' and Other Myths About Cognition Education Week
  14. Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom PNAS
  15. Learner-Centered Teaching: 10 Ideas for Getting Started Faculty Focus
  16. How a Math Class Sparked Students' Engagement in Their Community The Chronicle of Higher Education
  17. Technology in the Classroom: What the Research Tells Us Inside Higher Ed
  18. An Engineering Professor Asked His Colleagues to Help Him Analyze His Teaching. Here’s What He Learned. The Chronicle of Higher Education
  19. How to Create a Syllabus The Chronicle of Higher Education
  20. What Students Want Colleges to Know About How They Learn EdSurge
  21. Which Should Come First: Problem-Solving or Instruction? The Learning Scientists
  22. Do Your Students Learn by Rote? Or Can They Recognize Patterns? The Chronicle of Higher Education
  23. Digital Storytelling at TTU Springborgphoto
  24. A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject Quartz
  25. Ending The Semester with Reflection Notre Dame Learning
  26. Writing effectively means shaping your words in light of whom you are writing to and why Inside Higher Ed
  27. Improve learning by thinking about learning by Todd Zakrajsek (Video) YouTube

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