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November 3, 2016

Good morning,

Next Tuesday, many college students will be heading to the voting booths for the first time. In the days leading up to Election Day, we highlight how educators are approaching civic learning and civic engagement in the classroom and on campus.

ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices also offers practical strategies to help students become engaged citizens. To find out what you can do to promote civic learning in the classroom, check out a preview of our module "Integrating Civic Learning Into Your Course" below.

Also, this weekend ACUE will be at the Institute for Chief Academic Officers, an event hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges. Follow us @ACUE_HQ and join the conversation at #2016CAOI on Twitter!

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Teaching Trump. In a year where the norms of political discourse have been stretched, political science professors are conflicted about how to strike an appropriate balance when discussing the election in their classroom. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Surveying the field. Colleges and universities are offering students a range of civic learning experiences, from voter registration drives to national debate-watch events. (Inside Higher Ed)

An unseen renaissance. Joshua Kim writes that the higher education community isn’t talking about many teaching and learning innovations happening around the country. He asks readers to share their ideas for getting the word out. (Inside Higher Ed)

Average is a construct. Cognitive scientists have largely debunked the idea that there is such a thing as an average brain. One Harvard professor is on a mission to help educators value "patterns of individuality" when creating learning experiences for students. (EdSurge)

Potent nudges. Small interventions can help underperforming college students thrive in the classroom and even rethink their place in the world, writes David Kirp. (The New York Times)

Deepening diversity. As seven small, selective, and largely white college campuses appoint their first black presidents, students and faculty hope the new leadership leads to increased diversity across campus. (The Hechinger Report)

"Cult of Celebrity" in classics. Two English professors blend creativity and scholarship through a new exhibition that compares literary greats William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. (The Washington Post)

Robot TAs. A Georgia Tech professor has made waves with his experiment of using a robotized teaching assistant in the classroom—and raised questions about the use of artificial intelligence in higher education. (The Chronicle of Higher Education – Paywall) 

Civic Learning in the Classroom – Integrating Civic Learning Into Your Classroom
ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices helps faculty learn how to design civic learning assignments and work with students to apply research-based methods to solve real-world problems. To learn more, visit ACUE's module page for Integrating Civic Learning Into Your Course and watch the introduction video.

Email us to learn more and sign up for a free Course Experience Workshop. 
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