How I Abandoned Summative Assessments and Learned to Love Adaptive Quizzing

Megan McNamara is a sociology instructor at UC Santa Cruz, Foothill College, and West Valley College. You can learn more about her experience using InQuizitive in this video. As a sociologist who consciously chose a career in teaching, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to do my job effectively. Like most of …

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A Social Constructionist Approach to Current Events: Q&A with Joel Best

Joel Best, the author of Social Problems, discusses how taking a social constructionist approach to the social problems course keeps it timely—even during a pandemic.   Photo Credit: Kathy Atkinson Norton Sociology: We’re having this conversation as the fall semester is beginning. It’s been a crazy year, not just with many college classes being forced …

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Digitizing The Problems Book: An Interview with Tim Hunt and John Wilson

What happens when you take a pen-and-paper assignment and translate it to an online environment? What do you and your students give up and what do you gain? Norton Biology recently sat down with Tim Hunt and John Wilson, authors of the beloved Problems Book that accompanies Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition, which …

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Evaluating Scientific Claims during a Pandemic and Infodemic

Megan Scudellari is a science journalist and a coauthor of Biology Now, Third Edition. In 2013, Megan was awarded the prestigious Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award in recognition of outstanding reporting and writing in science. Her work has appeared in publications such as Nature, The Boston Globe, and The Scientist. Did you know driving tractors or drinking vodka can fight COVID-19? True …

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Calm and Compassionate Online Teaching: Q&A with Shelley Rodrigo

Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo has been teaching online for more than 20 years. She has also developed and administered an online writing program and supported instructors as an instructional technologist. Shelley is the interim director of the writing program; associate professor in the rhetoric, composition, and the teaching of English (RCTE); and associate writing specialist (continuing …

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Having “The Talk” with Your Students about Implicit Racism

Toni Schmader holds the Canada research chair in social psychology at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was previously a faculty member at the University of Arizona. She is the director of UBC’s Social Identity Laboratory and of a Canada-wide research …

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Prioritizing Well-Being as We Return to the Classroom

Crystal Carlson (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an assistant professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Crystal is an educational psychologist, dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is particularly sensitive to the interplay of student well-being and student success. Her research examines how to support the diverse needs of …

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COVID-19: What are the ethical issues?

Norton’s authors and editors continue to work hard during the COVID-19 crisis to create the best classroom resources we can. An Introduction to Moral Philosophy author Jonathan Wolff talked with his editor Ken Barton about how they should approach a new afterword for the second edition of the book (forthcoming) that applies moral philosophy to …

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Developing the History Careers Poster

Last summer Norton’s team of history editors and specialists were thinking through a concern we frequently hear about on campus: students (and sometimes parents) wonder whether what they’ll learn as history majors can apply to future career pursuits. We decided to answer this evergreen question—“What Can I Do with a History Degree?”—with a poster our …

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Is “Western Civ” Still Relevant in Our Global Era? A Q&A with Author Carol Symes

Carol Symes, co-author of Western Civilizations, talks about recent shifts in teaching history survey courses, and how Whiggish ideas of European history have been co-opted by white nationalist groups. She gives a more expansive view of Western Civilizations, and discusses how her research informs her global approach to the textbook. You regularly teach a survey of …

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