Open Access Textbooks and Course Materials

by Lisa Sheldon
February 29, 2016

There is a national crisis in the cost of textbooks at US colleges and Universities. The average cost of textbooks is about $1200 for a full-time student per semester and is a significant barrier for many students. In some cases they skip the book, find other “alternative” resources or go into debt to get the […]

The end of another academic year!

by Lisa Sheldon
May 12, 2014

Here we are in the last week of classes and starting final exams. While it is easy to let off the accelerator a little bit, this is the time to put all our efforts into the final lap around the track. Role model the behaviors and attitudes that you want to see from your students–help […]

Wrapping up the Semester

by Lisa Sheldon
December 6, 2013
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At the end of the semester we are often preoccupied with crossing the finish line and getting grades submitted. We may overlook opportunities to wrap up the semester in a meaningful way for both our students and ourselves.  Faculty struggle over what has been left out and how to make sense of all the ground […]

Creating a Rubric: The why and how…

by Lisa Sheldon
November 18, 2013
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Creating an effective rubric can seem daunting, but is well worth the effort and will save time grading. Grading rubrics are valuable tools for both instructors and students not only for grading purposes, but also as a tool to communicate expectations about skills and information mastery. Sharing student learning goals and how these will be […]


by admin
June 20, 2013
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Creating a syllabus can be a daunting task. With so many approaches to teaching and course design, instructors often fall back on the ways in which they were taught and the policies they followed as students. Considering innovative approaches to course design can allow instructors to meet student needs in new ways and provide important […]