News in brief
The latest news and opinions in higher education.
Feedback matters. José Bowen, president of Goucher College, reveals why faculty should use student feedback and take risks to improve their teaching. (The 'Q' Blog)
Spotlighting community colleges. Betsy DeVos touted community colleges as key to economic growth in her first higher education speech since becoming education secretary. (Associated Press)
Gut reactions. To encourage feedback, George Williams asks students to write questions and comments on note cards anonymously at the end of every class and posts them with responses on his course website. (ProfHacker)
Pedagogical pathways. Colleges and universities need to adopt high-impact teaching strategies that enhance student engagement and motivation to “get more Americans to academic and professional success,” writes Steve Mintz. (Higher Ed Gamma)
Motivating minds. Instructors can take a number of small steps to boost motivation in the classroom, such as playing energizing music at the start of class, Bonni Stachowiak writes. (Teaching in Higher Ed)
Quality control. Some online course developers ask volunteers to provide feedback on lectures and quizzes to work out kinks before the courses go live. (EdSurge)