March 2011

Assessing Assessments: How do we know we know what they know?
Assessment and defensible measures of assessment have been central to many discussions in higher education in the past several years. The recently published book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011, by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa) assesses higher education and finds it lacking, arguing that...


TAP Workshops in March
Dealing with Your Own Biases in the Classroom
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 117, Busch Campus Center, BC

Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 410, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

Incorporating Social Media Into Your Teaching
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 410, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

Using Discussion Effectively
Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 117, Busch Campus Center, BC

Evaluating and Grading Students
Date: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmPlace: Room 410, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

Projecting Confidence in the Classroom
As instructors, we probably all have an image in our minds of an ideal classroom. The atmosphere is orderly, but relaxed. Our students find us wise, yet open and approachable. During discussions, everyone is engaged and participates; when we lecture, the students are rapt and attentive. The reality is usually not so pretty. Students may talk while you lecture and fall silent when you pose a discussion question. You may feel awkward at...


Other workshops in March
Career Services
Computer Literacy Training

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