Threshold Teaching

by Matthew Luskey January 26, 2016

As an English teacher, it’s hard to resist a good symbol. And when it comes to symbols, thresholds have superabundant possibilities. Consider how the literal definitions of a threshold from the Oxford English Dictionary invite figurative thinking: The piece of timber or stone which lies below the bottom of a door, and has to be […]

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PolyLearn: Did You Know?

by Tonia Malone January 4, 2016

What Students Want in Your PolyLearn Courses Every quarter, we conduct student focus groups through a seminar in the Student Success workshops and we ask them what would help their learning improve. Without fail, students tell us that in addition to encouraging their professors to bring pizza to class (of course!), they would like to […]

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11 Tips for Lessening the Burden of Email

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek October 14, 2015

After a summer of being away from your office and no longer having to be a slave to your email inbox, it can be quite a shock to return to work and find that you are once again overburdened by too many emails. How are you to deal with this at any semblance of sanity? […]

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Building Teachers’ Resilience through Yoga

by Guest Blogger May 27, 2015

Alicia M. Moretti is a lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts and a Yoga Siromani in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta tradition. These yogic breathing exercises were presented as part of a session on resilience at the 2015 CSU Symposium on University Teaching. How are you sitting right now? How are you breathing? Attention to […]

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Distraction in the Classroom – What? Me Distracted?

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek May 6, 2015

With the introduction of the Apple Watch, many of you have approached me and inquired about why I don’t have that marvelous digital device on my wrist yet. After all, one would think that I, being one of the biggest Apple lovers ever, would immediately jump onto that bandwagon. Well, I have to admit it […]

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Has Writing Always Been Beta?: Patching and Revising in the Digital Age

by Guest Blogger April 23, 2015

Guest post by Richard Besel, Associate Professor in Communication Studies. You may find additional posts by Richard Besel on Write Margin Media. I admit it. I used to play World of Warcraft. Some of you may recognize it as one of those massively multi-player online games that has been criticized heavily for sapping energy from one’s soul because […]

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Listening Harder to the Struggles of Diverse Students

by Guest Blogger April 15, 2015

Guest post by Dawn Janke, Director, University Writing & Rhetoric Center A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak at a CTLT breakfast for newer faculty. The theme was “supporting students in distress,” and I was asked to help raise awareness of the challenges first generation students may face. My first thought was to […]

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Rubrics in PolyLearn

by Tonia Malone March 18, 2015

“A rubric is a coherent set of criteria for students’ work that includes descriptions of levels of performance quality on the criteria.” (Brookhart, n.d.) Why Rubrics? Rubrics are a popular assessment tool because they can provide consistency, structure, and efficiency to the grading process. Rubrics can provide several benefits for the student and teacher: They […]

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Learn By Doing and the Ethics of Publishing with Students

by Guest Blogger March 4, 2015

Guest post by Richard Besel,  Associate Professor in Communication Studies California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) has for years adopted “Learn by Doing” as a motto. For many, these three words are an integral part of the institution’s unique approach to pedagogy. The phrase is so important to the community that on February 15, 2015, Cal Poly […]

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Survey Says!

by Matthew Luskey February 5, 2015

In the first week of the term, Physics lecturer, Dr. Naresh Sen, poses a question to his PHYS 122 students. A ball is thrown straight upward. At the top of its trajectory, its acceleration is. A: zero B: straight up C: straight down D: depends on the mass of the ball. The answer, duh, is […]

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