Category: General Education

A Feedback Tool for Instructors: PassNote

Monday, July 28th, 2014


PassNote is a student feedback tool designed to assist instructors in composing research-based messages that motivate students to academic action. Our goal in creating the tool was to address concerns several instructors brought to our attention related to the difficult task they had in composing effective feedback messages related to course performance for students based […]

Feedback: “Nice job. I enjoyed reading this. A-“

Friday, June 20th, 2014


I took a cohort program for my master’s and had the same instructor for 4 or 5 courses. Each assignment was an essay. On every essay I got exactly the same feedback – absolutely no comments on grammar or specific ideas, but rather the generic “Nice job. I enjoyed reading this. A-.“ To this day, […]

Have you tried i>clicker?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013


There is an electronic device on campus that can greatly improve student participation, with none of the distractive elements of laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. You may have heard of it from your colleagues, or happened to see it demonstrated in an IT/Education workshop. What is it? I>clicker.  And we believe it can work for […]

Developing A Questioning Strategy

Monday, September 9th, 2013


Developing A Questioning Strategy Many of the seminars I attend focus on the strategies instructors can employ to engage students in their own learning and enhance their learning outcomes. The appropriate use of questioning strategies by instructors is a method that can facilitate this process. Research highlights the importance of instructors being able to ask […]

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