The Coming Vocabulary Crisis and What to Do About It

Ian F. MacInnes, Professor of English and director of the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, Albion College December 11, 2017 Contact at: imacinnes@albion.edu ‘Odors,’ ‘pregnant,’ and ‘vouchsafed.’ I’ll get ’em all three all ready.                                    Shakespeare, Twelfth Night   Last year, a colleague of mine attended… Read More

“What Am I Doing? Is It Getting Me Anywhere?” Scaffolding Student Metacognition

Steven Volk, Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) and Professor of History Emeritus, Oberlin College Contact at: svolk@oberlin.edu Hands up those of you who have had students come to your office hours anguishing over the poor grades they received on an exam. I’m not talking about the student… Read More

Changing Campus Culture One Conversation at a Time…(Drs. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis and Deirdre D. Johnston, Hope College)

Dr. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis (Professor of Psychology) and Dr. Deirdre D. Johnston (Department of Communication), Hope College We recently attended a professional conference on “Teaching Peace in the Context of Political Polarization and Partisan Divides.” During the Q & A of the plenary address, members of the audience raised questions,… Read More

Taking Constructivism Seriously (Tom Ludwig, Hope)

Thomas Ludwig, Psychology Department, Hope College (ludwig@hope.edu) [April 3, 2017] What Is Constructivism? Constructivism is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes the active role of the student, claiming that students learn by constructing internal representations of the concepts and principles in a course (Piaget, 1973; Dewey, 1938; Vygotsky,… Read More