Using Technology to Build a Better Relationship with Students 

Dave Monahan is an award-winning filmmaker, professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, and coauthor of Looking at Movies, an introduction to film text. As part of his work on the book, he has created dozens of videos illustrating cinematic concepts and techniques. In this blog post, Monahan reflects on how multimedia learning and adaptive quizzing created a positive change in his introduction to film classes.    Dave MonahanImage Credit: …

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What’s in a story? Using student narratives to enhance your writing and teaching

Bruce Punches has been teaching interpersonal and public communication at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for many years. He is also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in marriage and family therapy. As I strolled to class one day, a former student, Cliff, yelled out my name in the busy hallway. With a big grin, …

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset Using Online Assessment and Group Exams

Grace Ferris is an assistant professor of Chemistry at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Introductory Biochemistry, and Life Chemistry: Drugs in Our Lives. She earned her BA in Chemistry with a minor in Education from Mount Holyoke College in 2008 and her …

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Transforming Assessment to Address Anxiety in The Language Classroom

Gillian Lord (University of Florida) and Amy Rossomondo (University of Kansas), coauthors of Contraseña: Your Password to Foundational Spanish, share how they developed materials to connect on a new level with students and to help them overcome language learning anxiety.   Our own involvement in teaching Spanish, and teaching others how to teach Spanish, led …

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Classroom Resources: Two Active-Learning Explorations for Introductory Astronomy

What activities do you incorporate to flip your classroom? Tabitha Buehler, Associate Professor (Lecturer), Physics And Astronomy at the University of Utah, shares one hands-on activity she incorporates into her intro astronomy classroom. This post originally appeared in Teaching Astronomy by Doing Astronomy. I consider my introductory astronomy class ("The Universe") at the University of …

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Joining Janeway’s: An Interview with Leslie Berg

What is it like to join a renowned textbook team? When authoring a textbook or assessment, what is important to include? What do you want students to take away? Norton Biology recently sat down with Leslie Berg, chair of immunology and microbiology at Colorado University School of Medicine and new coauthor of Janeway’s Immunobiology to discuss …

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Practical Advice for Teaching Information Literacy and Research

Laura J. Panning Davies is chief of staff at SUNY Cortland (NY), where she served as director of writing programs and associate professor of English since 2014. She teaches courses in first-year writing, writing pedagogy, public rhetoric, style, and technical writing.Erin Ackerman is interim assistant director for public services and social sciences librarian at the R. …

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Supporting Educational Equity

What role could course materials play in supporting more equitable learning environments? We sat down with Ann Shin, Norton’s editorial director for educational publishing, to discuss an ongoing initiative to create inclusive and equity-minded course materials. Ann ShinImage Credit: Justine Knight Photography First off, could you tell us a bit about your role at Norton? …

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Creating a More Inclusive Music Theory Repertoire: What We Learned

Betsy Marvin (Eastman School of Music) and Jane Clendinning (Florida State University College of Music) are coauthors of The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis. In their classrooms they strive to create a diverse music theory curriculum by including pieces by women and people of color. Here they describe the process of incorporating diverse pieces …

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Accessibility and Affordability: What Norton’s Director of Inclusive Access Learned from the Pandemic

How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted issues related to access and affordability of course materials? The Norton Learning Blog recently sat down with Lauren Greene, Norton's director of inclusive access, to learn how the pandemic accelerated affordability trends in higher education and how affordability and accessibility are related. How have the ideas of “access” and “accessibility” changed through the …

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