Episode 89: Let’s Talk About Cheating

Academic dishonesty takes many forms these days – so many, in fact, that it’s hard for students to know what’s dishonest and what’s not. It’s also getting harder for teachers to teach students what’s cheating and what’s not, and there are multiple reasons for this. In this episode, Adam and Dinur go over the main […]

Episode 88: Setting Up Standards-Based Grading

Standards-based grading addresses the issues of meaningful grading, student stress and student motivation. But many teachers don’t know where to start. Join Dinur and Adam as we go over the basics of standards-based grading. Show Notes Dan Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Linda Nilson, Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty […]

Episode 87: Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies

Teachers, have you ever wondered why “just do it” doesn’t work for most of your students? Students, ever struggle with trying to get work done on your own? In this episode, Adam and Dinur discuss how Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies can help teachers teach and learners learn more effectively! Show Notes Gretchen Rubin, The Four Tendencies

Episode 86: Writing as (American) Football

You’ve gotten a prompt for a term paper, or an essay question on an exam. How do you answer the question effectively? Join Dinur and Adam for Dinur’s sports metaphor “Writing as Football,” to learn how to set up, write, and complete these kinds of assignments! Show Notes No Show Notes This Episode

Episode 85: Being a Student-Athlete

A lot of research has been done on student-athletes – most recently, Dinur’s new book, Sports, Study, or Sleep. In this episode, Adam and Dinur talk about how the perceptions of, and support for, student-athletes has changed over time, and what more needs to be done for this specific student population. Show Notes Dinur’s book, Sports, […]

Episode 84: How to Best Position Yourself for Graduate School

You’ve thought about this, and have decided that you want to go for a degree after your bachelors’. You’re thinking of grad school for a Masters and/or PhD, a law degree, a medical degree, or a business degree. How do you help your chances of getting into the program you want? Join Dinur and Adam […]

Episode 83: How Teachers Perceive Students Who Work Full-Time

You’re a college student, but primarily have to take night classes, or can only go to classes on specific days, and you’re worried. You work full time but want to keep your grades high, but you’re worried that working full-time is stigmatizing somehow. Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss how teachers perceive students who […]

Episode 82: How to Create Respectful Group Projects

You’ve assigned a group project, and for weeks, no one reports a problem. But at some point in the middle or late in the term, as the deadline approaches, you start getting bombarded by questions and complaints (and denials) about their peers. Join Dinur and Adam as they talk about how to handle the dreaded […]

Episode 81: What If It Goes Wrong? Well, What If It Goes Right?

Worrying about things going wrong is a common stressor – not just for students, but for teachers. But if we allow that worry to take over our brains, nothing productive happens, right? In this episode, Adam and Dinur describe some tools for short-circuiting that constant worry problem. Show Notes The Spotlight Effect

Episode 80: An Interview with Megan O’Connor of Kaplan Test Prep

In this guest episode, Dinur and Adam are talking with Megan O’Connor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Kaplan Test Prep, about the importance of experiential learning and how college students can actually be prepared for the modern workforce. SHOW NOTES Find Megan on Twitter at @MeganMOConnor

Teaching in Transition, Episode 21: How to Work Around Required Synchronous Teaching

When your institution demands that you hold videoconference classes at the same time as you would have met in person, things can get tricky! Many of the stressors faculty face about videoconferencing fall into three groups: privacy issues, connectivity issues, and engagement. All three of these get worse and impact more students when we have […]

Episode 79: How to Foster Non-Divisiveness in the Classroom

Should students be calling one another out when the discussions get contentious? What are the limits that we should consider? In this episode, by listener request, Adam and Dinur talk about different ways to manage this kind of divisiveness in the classroom. Show Notes No Show Notes This Episode

Episode 78: The Hattie/Donoughe Model of Surface and Deep Learning

How do you know your students are learning? More to the point, how do they know they are? In this episode, Adam and Dinur discuss the Hattie/Donoughe learning model, which looks at strategies that work best for surface and for deep learning. Show Notes KQED.org, “How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most […]

Teaching in Transition, Episode 19: When Your Institution Requires Synchronous Instruction

In this episode of Teaching in Transition (formerly COVID-19 Special Episodes), Dinur and Adam talk about the issue of having to teach synchronously online because your institution or department requires it. Specifically, we’ll discuss the assumptions the institution is making about how teaching through videoconferencing ought to work, and how it actually does (or doesn’t). […]

Episode 77: How to Ask for Help

You’re in class, and something doesn’t quite click for you. You’re lost, but you’re feeling embarrassed or scared to say anything. After all, you’re in college, right? Join Adam and Dinur as we go over how to handle it when you have to ask for help. Show Notes No Show Notes This Episode

Episode 76: Giving (And Receiving) Effective Feedback

Giving and receiving effective constructive feedback is a part of academic life (not to mention the workplace), but it is something that students struggle with. The key is finding areas in the work that are strong and recognizing them, and figuring out not only where work should be strengthened, but also how to do so. Join […]