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

The Three C’s of Teaching…

(Some reflections after 27 years of teaching including four years as Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning)  Steven Bouma-Prediger, Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology, Hope College Contact: boumapred@hope.edu Teaching is an art, the practice of which is best measured, in my view, according to what I call… Read More

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

Finding our Voice in a “Post-Truth” Era

Steven Volk, Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (Oberlin College), Co-Director GLCA Consortium for Teaching and Learning December 12, 2016 Where to begin?   Why not with a definition of “post-truth” from the Oxford dictionary: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping… Read More