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The 'Q' Newsletter
June 9, 2016
You asked. Derek Bruff answered. 
A picture of Derek Bruff being interviewed on camera.

Derek Bruff, director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, answered questions about a range of teaching topics last month for ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices. Here are some highlights: 

On concept maps for new students: "It’s often helpful to have students create a concept map on a topic that’s not related to course material."

On sharing concept maps: "By comparing and contrasting, even peer to peer, students can start to develop and enhance their own concept maps."

On the inclusivity of visual learning: "I do think that some of these visual tools are a way to make our classrooms a bit more inclusive and a bit more welcoming to students with various backgrounds."

Visit The 'Q' Blog to see video from ACUE's interview with Derek.


News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Ask the experts. Integrating visual tools into your instructional practice is one way to make classrooms more inclusive of students from different backgrounds, Derek Bruff tells ACUE. (The 'Q')

The big picture. UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt writes that moving away from lecture-style format and toward “learner-centered teaching” were key ways to make the learning experience more relevant and practical at her institution. (Wall Street Journal)

Pop quiz. See if you can correctly answer this question about college graduates, then learn why so many people get it wrong. (The Upshot)

"Threat in the Air." Teaching about stereotypes and effective student feedback are some of the ways to create an “identity-safe” learning environment, writes a faculty developer. (Rice Center for Teaching Excellence)

Interviewing the interviewer. Bonni Stachowiak, host of the popular "Teaching in Higher Ed" podcast, shares what she's learned from her time as a college instructor. (GradHacker)  

Conference chatter. ACUE’s Kevin Kelly reflects on a productive workshop he facilitated about how institutions can use faculty development to scale up their civic learning efforts. (The ‘Q’)

Kevin Kelly and Michael Willard
Photo: Kevin Kelly, executive director for teaching and learning at ACUE, and Michael Willard, faculty director of service learning at Cal State LA, at last week's Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Conference in Indianapolis. Read Kevin's post about the conference at The 'Q.'

June 12–15: The League for Innovation in the Community College is hosting its annual Learning Summit in Arizona. 

June 20–21: The New York Times is hosting a Higher Ed Leaders Forum in New York City.

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