Making assessment user-friendly helps students succeed

Sometimes you come across an idea/process/presentation and it is Ah.Mazing. Today for me, that presentation was given by Dr. Clifton Franklund from Ferris State University at the 2018 IUPUI Assessment Institute. Amidst what sounds like a discouraging and chaotic situation on campus, Dr. Franklund has developed a beautiful, intuitive and actually useful method of collecting, Read More

I threw out my grade book

It happened to me like a bolt of lightning.  I was grading work, sitting in the public library, while my kids ran around pretending they were taking a time travel rocket back to the age of the dinosaurs. While I might have preferred to be reading one of the many books on my Goodreads list, I Read More

Grace in teaching is key

Instructor as grace – Bringing goodwill to the classroom

With another close of the semester, it’s a great time to reflect and re-energize before the next begins. The end of the semester is often fraught with student complaints (anxieties), professor frustrations (stress), and tricky situations (ethical and moral problems) to manage.  That said, we’re exhausted by the time those final grades are posted. It Read More

Women raising her hands outside

A Problem of Faculty Accountability

In the non-externally accredited fields, we have a crisis. This crisis has been lurking for many years.  It is persistent, often unspoken.  It derails quality initiatives and ensures we will continue with middling levels of student achievement, retention, graduation rates, and successful job placements. I’m talking about faculty accountability. As faculty and instructors, we are Read More

A Factor of Many

As like most people, I’m not one thing.  I’m a factor of many.  And so are you. Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.                    – Read More