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December 22, 2016

Good morning,

In preparation for the new year, this week's news covers mobile apps, open-access databases, and a visual novel-publishing platform. Also, on the American Council on Education's Higher Education Today blog, a breakdown of promising workforce models that can better support college educators. 

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Fact-checking. A new wiki that allows students to fact-check stories they read on social media could be a valuable tool for teaching digital literacy. (ProfHacker)

Writing rightly. Emily Sherer Stewart offers tips for teaching composition effectively, including keeping students writing frequently. (Vitae)

Novel ideas. A free online tool for building and publishing visual novels can serve as a platform for student projects in multiple disciplines. (ProfHacker)

Innovating instruction. Two California State technology professionals advocate “untethering,” a process by which faculty can remotely access resources for developing digital literacy skills to enhance their teaching. (EdSurge)

Smartphone studying. Scott Hamm provides five tips for incorporating mobile apps into instruction, such as using texting for exam review. (Campus Technology)

Community college learning. Mentoring relationships between doctoral students and two-year college faculty can bring to light challenges like working with diverse student groups and provide opportunities to reflect on teaching. (Inside Higher Ed)

Valuable degrees. A college degree is central to economic success, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told University of Baltimore graduates—who are entering the strongest workforce in nearly a decade—in her commencement address. (The New York Times)

Accessible scholarship. Barbara Fister suggests three open-access databases on which students and instructors can share, find, and collaborate on humanities projects. (Library Babel Fish)

Diversifying colleges. Michael Bloomberg’s foundation launched an initiative encouraging colleges to substantially increase student enrollment from working-class families. (The New York Times)

Faculty futures. Unbundling traditional academic roles so faculty can concentrate on teaching is one promising workforce model with widespread support among professors, administrators, and policymakers. (Higher Education Today)

Inspiring students. Stanford University’s Tina Seelig suggests that teaching is not just about the information; instructors must build relationships with students. (Medium)

Kill your darlings. Like all creative projects, drafting and revision are essential to designing a course and planning a lesson, writes David Gooblar. (Pedagogy Unbound)

Reevaluating inclusion. Supporting inclusivity is not enough. Instructors must also incorporate their students’ diversity and backgrounds into their teaching practices, writes Catriona Ellis. (Teaching Matters blog)

Podcast talk. Bonni Stachowiak and Saundra McGuire, a subject matter expert on ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices, talk about teaching students how to learn on the latest episode of Teaching in Higher Ed. (Teaching in Higher Ed)
ICYMI: The ACUE Community Expert Series 
Mary-Ann Winkelmes -
In December's Expert Series, Mary-Ann Winkelmes discussed transparent instruction, an approach in which teachers and students have conversations about how academic work can relate to students' lives beyond college. Check out these videos to learn about the basics of implementing transparent instruction in your classroom.
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