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  • Join the 21st Century with Mastery Learning

    In the 20th century education was more of a rank-ordering process than a mastery process. Exams were offered a few times a semester (or quarter). If a student got 70 percent on an exam, the class moved on to new material and the 30 percent of missing knowledge was conveniently ignored. It just wasn'...
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  • Are your exams well focused and consistent? Here's a quick way

    Are your exams internally consistent?  Are their some questions that the best students get wrong more frequently than the students who actually did worse overall on the test?  You can easily determine this by calculating the correlation between the points earned on a particular question wi...
  • Adjusting Teacher Course Evaluations for Inherent Bias

    Student self-selection into elective courses tends to generate higher teacher course evaluation scores than for required courses.  Tenure and promotion committees often say they take this into account, but such mental adjustments are unscientific and often unconvincing.  At the end of the ...
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  • Best Practices in College Teaching

    Tom Drummond of North Seattle Community College has compiled a collection of 12 practices that constitute excellence in college teaching. Using a series of bullet points, he explores: Lecture Practices Group Discussion Triggers Thoughtful Questions Reflective Responses to Learner Contributions...