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January 26, 2017
Effective teaching leads to student success, but evidence-based practices are not widely prevalent in higher education, finds a new white paper released by the American Council on Education (ACE). Read about the findings below.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Teaching with outcomes. ACE released a paper and hosted a webinar discussing the research linking student learning and effective instruction. (ACE)

Tough conversations. Four professors offer suggestions for broaching difficult topics in the classroom, including encouraging students to view discussions as learning experiences. (IDEA)

Teaching Naked techniques. José Bowen and C. Edward Watson join Bonni Stachowiak to talk about techniques from their book Teaching Naked. (Teaching in Higher Ed — Part 1 and Part 2)

Supporting students. CUNY Chancellor James Milliken aims to improve graduation rates by streamlining shared services across campuses and increasing the number of full-time faculty. (The Wall Street Journal)
First five minutes. Here are four suggestions for grabbing students’ attention at the beginning of class, such as opening with a question. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
ICYMI: Dr. Michael Wesch, a subject matter expert, ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, reveals how he changed his teaching methods to engage and motivate students. (The ‘Q’ Blog)

Opening doors. Public universities are some of the best agents of social mobility for working-class people and need increased state funding to give more students opportunities, David Leonhardt writes. (The New York Times)

Evolving edits. A new tool allows students to visualize feedback and edits to papers via a video playback of changes to typed documents. (ProfHacker)

Relinquishing control. David Gooblar suggests that instructors relinquish control of the classroom to students by using active listening. (Pedagogy Unbound)

Incorporating edtech. Higher ed and technology leaders highlight 11 trends in 2017, including alternative learning spaces, artificial intelligence, and adaptive learning. (Campus Technology)

Teaching through tracking. University of Michigan Professor Timothy McKay explains how instructors can collect and use information on students’ individual goals and backgrounds to personalize their teaching. (NPRed)

Roads to tolerance. Since higher education leads to a more tolerant society by providing opportunities for debate, engagement, and openness, colleges should continue to invest resources in and promote inclusion, ACE Assistant Vice President Lorelle Espinosa says. (Higher Education Today)
Intersections of teaching and learning
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In her new white paper, Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student OutcomesNatasha Jankowski explores "five areas of intersection between instruction and student outcomes" that deserve more attention in higher education. 
  1. Transparency to ensure teaching and learning is visible to all students
  2. Pedagogical approaches that include research-based practices
  3. Assessments that are inherently embedded in teaching and learning 
  4. Self-regulation and the role of students' active engagement in their own learning
  5. Alignment of various elements within a learning environment
Visit the 'Q' Blog for more information and to explore ACUE resources related to these focus areas. 
As always, thanks for reading! Email Geoff Decker at with feedback and ideas for the newsletter, or just to say hello. 
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