Archive for July, 2013

Using Graphs and Visual Data in Science

Students need some suggestions about how to present their scientific data in a better way. And I find out some good references here:

1. Making Data Talk: A Workbook.

2. How to Choose the Best Chart for Your Data.

3. 10 Tips for Better Visualization of Scientific Data.

4. Anne E. Egger, Anthony Carpi. Using Graphs and Visual Data in Science.

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Strategies for Improving Online Student Retention

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A Dozen Strategies for Improving Online Student Retention

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  1. Make a good first impression.

  2. Never underestimate the importance of instructor presence.

  3. When grading student assignments, it’s best to provide constructive recommendations for improvement that are highly motivating and encouraging.

  4. Answer all questions posed by students in the faculty forum section within 24-48 hours, and communicate this feedback window to students so they know what to expect.

  5. Make students feel they are a part of the program by letting them know how important their contribution is to the class.

  6. Let students know they were missed when they return from being absent.

  7. Practice proven adult learning principles and strategies in the classroom. The faculty should ensure that the learning environment is characterized by mutual trust and respect, freedom of expression, and acceptance of differences.

  8. Introduce collaborative learning techniques in the classroom.

  9. Engage students by hosting live webinars.

  10. Establish an early alert system.

  11. Help students establish specific goals for attending the program and each course.

  12. If you’re an administrator, be sure to involve faculty in student retention matters.

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The Hardest Job Everyone Thinks They Can Do

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Teaching isn’t just “making it fun” for the kids. Teaching isn’t just academic content.
Teaching is understanding how the human brain processes information and preparing lessons with this understanding in mind.
Teaching is simultaneously instilling in a child the belief that she can accomplish anything she wants while admonishing her for producing shoddy work.
Teaching is understanding both the psychology and the physiology behind the changes the adolescent mind goes through.
Teaching is convincing a defiant teenager that the work he sees no value in does serve a greater purpose in preparing him for the rest of his life.
Teaching is offering a sympathetic ear while maintaining a stern voice.
Teaching is being both a role model and a mentor to someone who may have neither at home, and may not be looking for either.
Teaching is not easy. Teaching is not intuitive. Teaching is not something that anyone can figure out on their own. Education researchers spend lifetimes developing effective new teaching methods. Teaching takes hard work and constant training. I understand now.
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