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December 8, 2016

Good morning,

This week, learn about the American Council on Education's groundbreaking research initiative on the connections between student success and college teaching. Plus, find tips for combating prefinals exhaustion and a recap of the APLU Annual Meeting.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Post-Thanksgiving productivity. Rather than falling into an end-of-semester rut, instructors should encourage students to reflect on how their thinking has changed and might continue to evolve. (Vitae)

Teaching success. Assessing the connections between teaching quality and student success is a vital step toward dramatically increasing the number of Americans able to earn a college degree, write American Council on Education’s Molly Broad and USA Funds’ William Hansen. (The Huffington Post)

Political pedagogy. Instructors can navigate a divisive postelection climate by facilitating effective discussions and promoting a civil learning environment, Shontavia Johnson and Jennifer Harvey write. (Inside Higher Ed)

Crowdsourcing the curriculum. One professor’s graduate students host sessions on Reddit’s science channel, helping them rethink classroom boundaries and combat the spread of misinformation online. (EdSurge)

The device debate. Instead of enforcing an outright ban on electronics, faculty can set designated times for when and how students can use their devices during class. (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Conference circuit. ACUE’s Kevin Reilly and Penny MacCormack presented on the pressing need for great teaching in higher education at this year's APLU Annual Meeting. (The 'Q' Blog)
Learning from students. Maha Bali suggests ways of involving undergraduate students in conferences that will benefit both instructors and students, such as having students present or participate in professors’ presentations. (ProfHacker)
A call for creativity. Teaching students to think creatively encourages them to develop new approaches to problem-solving. (Teaching for Learning @ McGill University)
POD Principles. Leaders from the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education have laid out eight principles to guide colleges and universities in adopting, implementing, and purchasing online faculty development programming. (Educause Review)

Personalized learning. As part of a model designed to encourage personal learning experiences, Katie Martin poses eight “essential questions” that should be answered before getting started. (Institution for Entrepreneurship in Education)

ICYMI: Highlights from #APLU2016
Kevin Reilly at APLU
ACUE’s Kevin Reilly kicked off last month's APLU Annual Meeting with a call to action regarding the need for great teaching in higher education. 

"We have paid too little attention to the connections between what goes on in our classrooms and whether our students are on course to earn their degree," said Reilly, President Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System. Check out the 'Q' Blog for more highlights.  
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