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Considerations for Your International Students

A report from the Institute of International Education indicated an impressive increase in the amount of international students studying in the U.S. From 2014 to 2015 there was a 10 percent increase and an overall increase of 975,000 international students. According to the Migration Policy Institute, "Although the U.S. share of the worldwide international student population has decreased in recen.... read more

All Jokes Aside, Use Humor to Engage Your Students

In the context of the classroom, humor has been frequently disparaged, reduced to a "distraction" that detracts from the lessons at hand. However, as Bob Hope once said about the power of comedy: "I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful." Particularly for difficult courses, students need positivism and inspired hope that o.... read more

Using Social Media Inside and Out of the Classroom

The proliferation of social media channels in just a few short decades has led to a new generation of tech-savvy students with an unprecedented functional level of computer skills coming into college. As a way to improve teaching methods, professors have begun trying to find ways to incorporate these social media outlets into their lesson plans; these new outlets serve as a streamlined tool toward.... read more

Maximizing Engagement in the Classroom

Momentum is often considered from the scientific perspective: An object in motion stays in motion. However, academic momentum is not as consistent. Instead, professors often find that student engagement has the tendency to wane near the end of the semester. This can be frustrating for both professors and students, which oftentimes leads to emotional burnout for both parties. Maintaining a consiste.... read more

Understanding the Importance of a Professor

The extensive role professors play in the lives of college students today diverges far from the realm of the pure academia and post-secondary education. More than ever, professors offer students a moral playground on which to build personal philosophies of life, while simultaneously honing professional skills for future success outside the classroom.  Professors facilitate important questi.... read more

Non-cognitive Skills: What They Are & How to Teach Them

Non-cognitive skills refer to a set of skills that fall outside of traditional definitions of intelligence but still allow individuals to contribute meaningfully to society and to achieve success (e.g. critical thinking skills, social skills, persistence, creativity). Non-cognitive skills are critical because studies show that non-cognitive skills in students are significant predictors of positive.... read more

Mentoring Students

With the advent of online classes and the proliferation of the Internet the responsibilities of professors, like most other professions, has shifted. Read on for the answers to your frequently asked questions about how expectations regarding a professor's role are evolving.What is a mentor?A mentor is defined as a professor who cares about a student as a person, who makes them excited about learni.... read more

Honesty Is the Best Policy: Cheating and Academic Dishonesty

Recent reports indicate that academic dishonesty is on the rise at American colleges and universities. While cheating has been around since the dawn of our education system, modern-day technology can facilitate plagiarism, cheating, and general academic dishonesty, and some say that current student culture promotes such behaviors. So what is academic dishonesty? Academic dishonesty include .... read more

Adjunct Professors: The Best Option?

Adjunct professors may be better for some students' academic growth than tenured professors, reports a recent study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University. The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that adjunct professors may cause higher academic growth in some students than do tenure-track professors. The growth in academic performance was most n.... read more