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TED, Known for Idea Talks, Releases Educational Videos

The nonprofit group called TED, known for streaming 18-minute video lectures about big ideas, has opened a new YouTube channel designed for teachers and professors, with videos that are even shorter.

How 'Flipping' the Classroom Can Improve the Traditional Lecture

Andrew Martin's teaching techniques get students out of their seats during his class on evolutionary biology at the U. of Colorado at Boulder. Some students enjoy the "flipped" lectures that require them to help one another understand the material. Others resent being forced to work in groups.

A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn't Working

Michael Wesch has been on the lecture circuit for years touting new models of active teaching with technology. The associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University has given TED talks.Wired magazine gave him a Rave Award. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching once named him a national professor of the year. But now Mr. Wesch finds himself rethinking the fundamentals of teaching—and questioning his own advice.

CNN: Apple releases app that allows anyone to create an e-textbook

At a press conference in New York, the company announced three products that aim to get students and teachers to use the iPad's touch-screen interface to read, write, plan classes and communicate with each other.

NPR: Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool

Some physics professors had a suspicion students were just memorizing the formulas and never really getting the concepts. So, they developed a test to look at students' conceptual understanding of physics. Their physics class is now different. Rather than lecturing, they make the students do most of the talking.

ProfHacker: Despite Appearances, They Can’t Eat You

In a lot of situations, the only thing that can be hurt is your feelings, especially your pride. Which isn’t nothing! But it’s probably not worth that panicked fight-or-flight reaction that’s choking your ability to get anything done.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Clickers and cheating

With Cheating Only a Click Away, Professors Reduce the Incentive

Science Article:  Graduate Students’ Teaching Experiences Improve Their Methodological Research Skills

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students are often encouraged to maximize their engagement with supervised research and minimize teaching obligations. However, the process of teaching students engaged in inquiry provides practice in the application of important research skills.

ProfHacker: Teaching for uncoverage rather than coverage

We should design our courses around “enduring understanding,” which means, as I put it, focusing on what we want our students to understand, rather than what we want them to read.

ProfHacker: Things ProfHackers like

A round up list of lists of things that ProfHacker contributors can't live without.

Closing the Loop: Involving Faculty in the Assessment of Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning Skills of Biology Majors 

By Carol A. Hurney, Justin Brown, Heather Peckham Griscom, Erika Kancler, Clifton J. Wigtil, and Donna Sundre, James Madison University

Wholphins and Other Wonders of Bio for Biz Majors 

Nonmajor students are fascinated by personal genetics, human-horse hybrids, and sexy monkeys.

ProfHacker: Teaching Carnival 4.11

Summertime is not a time that professional educators forgo thinking about teaching

ProfHacker: How to Turn Your iPad into a Touchable Second Monitor

If you have an iPad, there are apps, such as Air Display ($9.99) and DisplayPad ($2.99), that allow you to turn your iPad into a touchable second monitor.

Higher Education Teaching and Learning Portal: Navigating Between Teaching, Learning and Inquiry

Dr. John M. Carfora, Ed. D. delivers a thought-provoking piece on the interplay between teaching and research and its potential for creating effective learning environments.

Increased Structure and Active Learning Reduce the  Achievement Gap in Introductory Biology 

Chronicle of Higher Education: ProfHacker: Using Google Docs Forms to Run a Peer-Review Writing Workshop

"I’ve asked my class to submit all of their writing via Google Docs this semester. Google Docs are easier to comment on and return to students. My students and I also don’t need to worry about which version of a given document is attached to which email, since we share a online documents rather than exchanging files. "

University Educators Urge Innovative Science Teaching to Sharpen Incoming Students’ Skills

Results of the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress released in January showed that very few K-12 students have the advanced skills that could lead to careers in science and technology. And U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and his proposed fiscal year 2012 budget emphasized the need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to drive the economy of the future.

Understanding Evolution

The Understanding Evolution (UE) Web site (www.understandingevolution.org) is a one-stop shop for all of a teacher’s evolution education needs, with lesson plans, teaching tips, lists of common evolution misconceptions, and much more.

the Understanding 
Evolution (UE) Web site (www.
understandingevolution.org) is a onestop shop for all of a teacher’s evolution education needs, with lesson 
plans, teaching tips, lists of common 
evolution misconceptions, and much 


Chronicle of Higher Education: TED, Known For Big-Idea Conferences, Pushes Into Education

The leaders of the annual TED conference, known for featuring short, carefully prepared talks on big ideas about technology and society, hope to apply their approach to education.

Inside Higher Ed: In the teeth of evidence

An article especially pertinent to the teaching of evolution.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Biology Professors Use Cloud Computing to Reach Students

Members of the biological-science and computer-science departments at the University at Buffalo are collaborating to make evolution easier to map. 

 New York Times: Does college make you smarter?

First there was the news that students in American universities study a lot less than they used to. Now we hear, in a recent book titled "Academically Adrift," that 45 percent of the nation's undergraduates learn very little in their first two years of college.

New York Times: To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test

Taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know, according to new research. It actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques.

New York Times: RNA Game Lets Players Help Find a Biological Prize

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University are attempting to harness the wisdom of crowds with the creation of an online video game that challenges players to design new ways to fold RNA molecules. There is a link to the online game.

ProfHacker: Teaching Carnival 4.4: 2010

A snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms.

Professors of the Year Put Students in Charge of Learning 

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
The four national honorees share an ability to engage students in teaching themselves the subject at hand.

Chronicle of Higher Education: writing for dollars

The man who writes your students' papers tells his story

Molecular Animation

Where Cinema and Biology Meet

ProfHacker: Teaching Carnival 4.3: 2010

A list of interesting links and reads about pedagogy in higher education

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits (New York Times)

Psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong. 

The Scientist: Mutations of citations

Just like genetic information, citations can accumulate heritable mutations

ProfHacker: Teaching Carnival 4.1: 2010

A round-up containing teaching related posts from around the blogosphere

ProfHacker: Teaching Carnival 4.2:2010

Another monthly collection of teaching-related links from around the Internet

Why Are Students So Passive and What Can Teachers Do About it?

An article from Tomorrow's Professor Blog

Assigning Students to Small Groups

Do you teach with small-group activities? Here's one person's opinion on why it's helpful to assign students to groups and rotate the group memberships frequently. 

Killing the lecture with Technology

Professors share their strategies for using technology to shift class time away from lectures and toward more personalized instruction.  

Report Says Students Don't Study Enough
Students these days study only about 14 hours a week, down from 24 in the early 1960s, according to a report released Thursday by the American
Enterprise Institute. The report, "Leisure College, USA," rejects the idea that technology has decreased the need for studying, and suggests that colleges are failing to assign enough work and to enforce requirements. "[T]his widespread deterioration of the standard for student effort demands attention and considered action from all who have a stake in the quality of higher education in the United States," says the report. The data are not substantially different from those reported in the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Try Acting Like a Scientist 

Actor Alan Alda teaches a new generation of researchers how to communicate with the public

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