Here's a fascinating article by Marc Prensky who discusses the challenges faced by college faculty who are "digital immigrants," having learned technology slowly and sometimes painfully...versus our students who are "digital natives" that grew up with email, cell phones, Internet access, computer games, etc. As he notes, our students' thinking patterns are different because of this life-long exposure to technology and we need to rethink how we teach them.
This article by Dr. Daniel Feldman (University of Georgia) addresses the issue faced by many faculty. We may have been taught how to conduct research but struggle with how to take these research projects and get them published.
Make sure your title accurately reflects the paper topic and isn't too long.
Grab your reader's attention in the abstract.
Keep introduction to no more than 3-4 pages and provide a framework here as to what the issue is you are investigating and how your paper addresses this issue.
Discussion section: Here is where you help "the reviewers see the forest for the trees. What do we know now we didn't know beforehand?"
Follow submission guidelines closely: length of paper, no typos or formatting errors, accurate citations, etc.
Dr. Feldman ends his suggestions by stating, "Help yourself by helping the reviewer follow why you did the study, who you studied, what you found, and how it matters."
This article discusses today's "new college students," that may include traditional age Millennials who use text messaging rather than emails; Gen Xers who have different expectations from those students either older or younger; and Baby Boomers who are coming back to school while balancing jobs and families. Diana Oblinger discusses the implications of these different learning styles for college faculty in designing their courses.
Among their suggestions: Look interested during class; ask questions, especially those related to reading assignments; bring in relevant newspaper or internet articles; and thank your professor when he/she does you a favor.
I'm off to Savannah, Georgia, to teach a faculty development workshop at Savannah State Universityon Friday. The university's website states its goal is "a 'value added' education, resulting from classroom interactions, co-curricular activities, quality instruction, internships, practicum, research, and the infusing of technology into the curriculum...Thus, in addition to topics of teaching effectiveness and classroom management, I'll discuss using educational technology such as blogs, wikis, and Twitter in the classroom.
Tom Vander Well writes on quality assuranceand recently gave the following advice to call center employees:
If you're working the phones today, I'd encourage you to keep a note pad or sticky-note on your desk. Each time you have a pleasant, friendly customer - jot down a hash mark or write the customer's name on your sheet. When one of those negative customers comes along, look down at your sheet and refresh your memory of all the pleasant customers you've talked with.
Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to see the glass half full.
I'm thinking this is excellent advice for us as teachers also...