The Science of Student Attention

What’s the secret to great teaching? Well, there isn’t one – if there was one magic wand you could just wave, we’d have told you already! But one place to start could be with keeping your students’ attention. A recent study sheds new light on this important issue – it’s awfully tough, after all, to…

Teaching with Objects, Part 1

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…

Saving Time for Students and Teachers

Victor Shnayder, a loyal Bok Blog reader (and former Departmental Teaching Fellow in SEAS) recently told me about several time-saving, online tools for teachers and students that I thought I’d share here. They are: 1) http://papergrader.org – Makes digital grading simpler. Students upload their papers to this site. Teachers add marginal and/or end comments and/or in-line edits.…

A Classic for a Reason: McKeachie’s Teaching Tips

McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers Reviewed by Nicole Deterding, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Sociology Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, first published in 1950 and now in its 13th edition, offers a hearty bread-and-butter treatment of college teaching that will both sate hungry first-time instructors and give…