News in Brief
The latest news and opinions in higher education.
What Students Want Instructors to Know About Responsive Teaching
At Bryn Mawr College, the Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT) program, established in 2006, connects students with faculty to help them strengthen their teaching. Students Maria Bohan and Hurum M. Tohfa discuss insights from the program, encouraging instructors to remember students’ humanity, consider what’s most important for students to know, and think about challenges first-generation students face. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)
15 Ways That Online Education Advances Learning
Joshua Kim offers a list of reasons why colleges and universities should prioritize online education. They include the fact that it responds to student demand for flexibility, it enhances accessibility, and it promotes collaboration and communication skills. (Learning Innovation)
Students Struggling With Mental Health Often Confide in Professors. Faculty Want More Guidance on How to Help.
In a year largely shaped by a pandemic, faculty have encountered numerous students who are struggling with mental health issues. But while they’re willing to help, according to a report by Boston University School of Public Health, the Healthy Minds Network, and the Mary Christie Foundation, they don’t often know how. The report findings suggest that colleges should support faculty in assisting students in distress. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students give passing grades to pandemic learning
A Digital Learning Pulse Survey shows that a majority of students give pandemic learning an “A” grade, higher than the “B” most faculty and administrators award it. The survey also found that students are more optimistic about online learning than they were pre-pandemic. (eCampus News)
What Will College Look Like This September?
No one wants to relive the past academic year, Betsy Corcoran writes, but that doesn’t mean the past year can’t inform the future. For example, at Arizona State University, faculty are sharing stories about what pedagogical practices worked best online, and the provost’s office created a resource collection to support faculty. (EdSurge)