This week: Stephen Brookfield, Linda Nilson, and more!
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The 'Q' Newsletter
May 5, 2016
It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, and we're excited to recognize the dedicated college instructors who work tirelessly to help their students succeed. The 'Q' Blog has featured the voices of a few of them, including top educators Linda Nilson and Stephen Brookfield as well as faculty around the country. See their stories below!

We want to hear your voices, too! Share your story in our discussion forums with an experience as an educator, a memory of a teacher who inspired you, or both.
Photo of Stephen Brookfield
Stephen Brookfield answered questions from ACUE Community members, who asked for advice on how to manage time constraints, large class sizes, and small-group discussions. 
See The Skillful Teacher author's responses
Picture of Lourdes Albo-Beyda and her students.
A Cuban-born English professor put into practice a one-minute tool to help her students learn a second language. Read more about Lourdes Albo-Beyda's work in Miami
Picture of Linda Nilson
Video: In response to questions from ACUE Community members, Linda Nilson discusses ways to avoid stage fright by preparing for your first day of class. Read more to see Linda Nilson's advice.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Express yourself. To make end-of-semester grading more enjoyable, start by giving students some freedom to choose topics that they’re passionate about. (ProfHacker)

Spring ahead to the fall. It's never too early to start planning for the next semester, and doing so now will pay big dividends down the road, writes David Gooblar. (Pedagogy Unbound)

Demand for PD. Penn State is rethinking its faculty development offerings after graduate students flocked to a course that offered training in online teaching skills. (Inside Higher Ed)

Grading scale. Using video to provide feedback on assignments could reduce grading time and offer a more engaging educational experience for students, a Creighton University professor writes. (The Scholarly Teacher)

Work matters. Micromanagement and trust issues are among the top five faculty morale killers, one professor writes. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

REACH for support. Few colleges have programs to support students with autism, but there are practical methods to help these students navigate social and academic life in college. (Hechinger Report)

Academic trailblazing. A first-generation student's journey to college illustrates the hurdles that these students face. (New York Times)

Community college champion. Boston's mayor unveiled a plan to offer tuition-free community college to low-income students with at least a 2.2 grade point average. (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education)

Emotional learning. Emotions underpin how students learn in the classroom, according to new studies. (Education Week)


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