Online Office Hours: The “Dr. is (Virtually) In”

Longstanding folklore exists around the tradition of college professor’s office hours.  Some of the mythology is funny, as in, “I love office hours, it is the only time I know I can catch up on my work because no one ever bothers me.”  Some of the tales are...

Ready to Revise Your Class Attendance Policy?

Are you satisfied with the number of students who attend your class regularly? Is your Friday class meeting disappointingly lower in attendance compared to your Wednesday class session?  Maybe it is time to consider implementing an attendance-required policy in...

Getting Students to Understand Your Syllabus

Does it seem like your students never bother reading the syllabus? A quick Google-image search of “it’s in the syllabus” will reveal countless cartoons-some humorous and some not so humorous-suggesting that students insufficiently paying attention to the syllabus is...
Call for OUSTA Nominations

Call for OUSTA Nominations

Do you know an OUTSTANDING undergraduate science teacher? Nominations are now being accepted for the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA). Presented annually by the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), this award recognizes the efforts and...

Remember to Explain WHY You Assign Homework

Do you ever hesitate giving your students homework? By middle of the term, my students too often groan in agony when I distribute their next homework assignment.  Despite their protests, I am convinced homework is worth the time students devote to completing...
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