Blogs

  • PowerPoint Killed the Lecturer Star

    Posted November 22, 2013 by Rich Olexa

    Are your PowerPoint or Keynote presentations any good? If your lecture came on TV, would you want to watch it? When I started teaching, one of my goals was to avoid various pet peeves I had as a student. At the very top of my list was what I’ll call the dreaded PowerPoint textbook. The change ...

  • Classroom Cell Phone Policies

    Posted November 18, 2013 by Janet Day

    I recently observed a large lecture class for a colleague in another department; I sat in the back during my visit. Her lecture techniques were really flawless and I found it very interesting.  What I was stunned to see was that at least 1/3 of the class sat in the back and spent the whole clas...

  • What Happens (or Doesn’t) When We Lecture

    Posted November 15, 2013 by Melissa Hudler

    It’s no secret that today’s students, raised on technology and nourished by social media, find the traditional classroom lecture difficult to attentively sit through. If students prefer texting to email because email takes too long to access and read, imagine how they perceive a 50- or 7...

  • Do You Offer Extra Credit Opportunities?

    Posted November 6, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    At the community college where I teach, students sometimes ask for extra credit opportunities. I have never built extra credit into any of my courses, but when asked, I have usually allowed students to do some kind of assignment. I don’t know if I’m going to continue.There is the occasio...

  • I Teach POS, But I'm Not a POS*

    Posted October 28, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    I’ve always been slightly amused and disconcerted that my college’s Political Science official abbreviation is POS. They couldn't use PSC or POL? Who are the ad wizards who came up with that one? Political Science is not a POS* discipline. However as an adjunct faculty member I sometim...

  • The Classroom Voyeur

    Posted September 24, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    About two-thirds of the way into my class this morning, I see a face staring into the little window in the classroom door, all the way up the stairs at the top of the room. I’m in the “teaching pit” below in my smallish stadium seating classroom and the window is in my field of vis...

  • Are you Collegial? Are your Colleagues?

    Posted September 10, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    As we begin the new academic year, I have spent some time reflecting on collegiality; a concept that is often considered a fundamental element of working in higher education. To be collegial is defined by Merriam-Webster as characterized by or marked by power or authority vested equally (emp...

  • TWO VIDEOS TO CONSIDER.

    Posted August 30, 2013 by Robert Ostrow

    I want to wish everyone a happy labor day anf good teaching druring the year. In a previous blog I mentioned that I had some excellent videos to share with sociology, criminology or even psychology courses. I have gone through hundreds of videos I have and found two of them and some more that I have...

  • I Like Teaching. There, I Said It.

    Posted August 7, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    I recently read I Don't Like Teaching. There, I Said It, written under a pseudonym by a humanities professor who admitted that she (If it matters, I’m assuming the author is a woman as the picture accompanying the article showed a woman lecturing to a room full of students.) didn’t lik...

  • Are You an Adjunct by Choice or Circumstance?

    Posted June 26, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    Over seventy percent of the teaching faculty in higher education in the United States are part time, contract employees. They are eligible to teach only a limited number of classes, at a much lower pay rate than their full-time, tenure track colleagues, and mostly without benefits and with very li...