Chemistry Students Tell a Convincing Story: In The Forensic Crime Lab

Rob Thompson, Professor of Chemistry, Oberlin College* Contact at Robert.Q.Thompson@oberlin.edu In 2015, the Association of American College and Universities issued a report (Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success) that listed the skills that employers seek in college graduates. The outcomes most highly valued were critical thinking and analytic reasoning,… Read More

Difficult Discussions, “Hot Moments,” and Contra-Power Harassment

Steven Volk, Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Professor of History Emeritus, Oberlin College* Contact at: svolk@oberlin.edu There is an extensive and rich literature offering suggestions on how to encourage productive discussions in the classroom. In this article, I’ll focus exclusively on those complicated, “hot moment” challenges that spring… Read More

Gamification of Development

Patrik Hultberg, Coordinator of Educational Effectiveness, Associate Professor of Economics, Kalamazoo College Contact at: hultberg@kzoo.edu My 200-level Economic Development and Growth course was perfectly adequate. The material covered struck a good balance between theory and policy applications. I felt comfortable lecturing about the topic and students came to class and… Read More