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October 6, 2016

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In news headlines, Jobs for the Future has a new report on team teaching in community colleges, and The Atlantic looks at how the vice-presidential debate has impacted the curriculum at host campus Longwood University.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Completion and cost. A new report from The Education Trust makes the case that solutions for tackling two issues in higher educationcost and completion ratesshould address the two in tandem rather than viewing them separately. (The Hechinger Report)

Flipped classrooms. A digital learning expert reflects on the value of a high-quality flipped classroom, while acknowledging why the jargon may rub some the wrong way. (Inside Higher Ed)

Open door. A classroom observation event at Vanderbilt University provides a look into highly regarded instructors' classes, paired with an event to spur reflection. (ProfHacker)

Teaching centers. Kim Kenyon, Associate Director of Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, lifts the veil of mystery to share the work teacher centers engage in and all the ways they can support instructors. (Teach Better)  

Teaching online. Get three tips for successfully teaching a synchronous web class session, including the need to be explicitly directive, that will also help in your next web meeting. (Inside Higher Ed)

Open textbooks. In an effort to lower costs for students, Rutgers University has launched an Open and Affordable Textbook Program that supports faculty transitioning from traditional textbooks to lower-cost options. (Campus Technology)

Autopilot. To help students creatively address challenges they encounter academically, one administrator argues that colleges should do more to teach them about establishing a routine. (Inside Higher Ed)

Team teaching. A new report from Jobs for the Future looks at how community college instructors with different specialties can team up for pedagogical success. (Jobs for the Future)

Debates on campus. Longwood University, host of this week's vice-presidential debate, is offering 30 new or revised courses intended to integrate learning from the debate and bring a focus to civics education. (The Atlantic

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