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The 'Q' Newsletter
May 26, 2016
Thanks to everyone who submitted great questions on concept maps and visual learning for Derek Bruff's interview today. Be sure to check back next week for his answers! 

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

The summer shift. Summer terms at community colleges could be better utilized to serve students on the margins, Matt Reed writes. (Confessions of a Community College Dean)

Ask the Experts. A cadre of higher education leaders and subject matter experts converged in New York City this week to discuss teaching with ACUE. (The 'Q')

Brick City boost. From classroom discussions about The Wire to accessible honors programs, Rutgers University–Newark works hard to create a relevant and welcoming learning environment. (Hechinger Report)

A delicate balance. After two years of running a campus-wide writing program, an administrator writes that keys to success include ambition, relationship building, and mental wellness. (ProfHacker)

“Going public with our learning.” Something special happens when instructors have students take their work public in some way, writes a professor. (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Quelling fear with questions. One of the first ways to help students get over their classroom fearfulness is to teach them that questions are good things, an English professor writes. (Inside Higher Ed)

Silent struggles. A writer opens up about the personal lives that she and her peers kept hidden from faculty during doctoral studies, a culture of secrecy that one professor attributes to a lack of professional development. (Chronicle Vitae)

Signing day. A trio of history-making, African-American chess masters are all headed to Webster University—home of the No. 1–ranked collegiate chess team in the United States—on full or partial scholarships. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)


Events Coming Soon

June 2–4: ACUE and California State University, Los Angeles, are facilitating a workshop using their innovative Civic Learning module at next week's Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Conference in Indianapolis. At the end of the mini-institute, faculty participants will begin to create a Civic Learning assignment to take back to their own classrooms.

June 2–5: The Lilly Conference Series, which focuses on teaching and learning in higher education, continues next weekend in Bethesda, Maryland.  

June 12–15: The League for Innovation is holding its annual Learning Summit in Arizona, which includes a keynote presentation of No Greater Odds, a documentary about five community college students.

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