Virtual Field Trips—What I’m Taking Forward

Daniel J. Sherman is the Luce-Funded Professor of Environmental Policy and Decision Making and Director of the Sound Policy Institute at the University of Puget Sound. He studies the roles individuals and groups play in environmental politics, policy, and sustainability. In addition to his undergraduate text, Environmental Science and Sustainability, Sherman published Not Here, Not …

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A Proactive Response to the Industry-wide Paper Shortage

An ongoing paper shortage and other supply-chain disruptions are affecting the publishing industry as a whole. We asked Jane Searle, Norton’s head of production for college texts, and Ann Shin, editorial director, about the shortage and the steps Norton is taking in response. Ann Shin Image Credit: Justine Knight Photography First, can you tell us a …

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Feeling Out of Balance? Tips for Fostering Better Work-Life Balance for College Faculty

Leslie Ramos-Salazar, author of It's Interpersonal: An Introduction to Relational Communication, teaches courses in interpersonal communication, business communication, health communication, and public speaking at West Texas A&M University. Leslie Ramos SalazarImage Credit: Rik Anderson, University Photographer, Texas A&M University As faculty members, we take on a variety of roles and tasks. We work to prepare …

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Teaching after COVID: Finding New Energy with Technology

Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez is the coordinator of the first-year Spanish program at University of California, Davis.  The first-year Spanish program at UC Davis is composed of three consecutive courses because we are on the quarter system: Spanish 1, 2, and 3. Each quarter, 23 sections of those courses are offered, almost all taught by graduate teaching assistants, most of whom have never taught on their …

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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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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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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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Doing Our Part to Ensure Educational Integrity

Mike Wright is the head of the College Department at W. W. Norton & Company. He is at the forefront of Norton’s efforts to support the success of educators and students in various ways, including overseeing the creation of equity-minded course materials, ensuring the educational integrity of those materials, and providing them at affordable prices. …

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Teaching through the Crisis

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the best-selling textbooks We the People, American Government: Power and Purpose, and American Government: A Brief Introduction, among many other publications. Image Credit: Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University I have been teaching various American …

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Using Role Playing to Keep Students Engaged

As courses have moved swiftly online, many faculty wonder about various ways to keep their students engaged remotely. We’ve invited Amy Curry, chair of history at Lone Star College, Montgomery, to share her experiences with using a role-playing pedagogy, Reacting to the Past, in her history survey courses. Image Credit: Nikky Lawell You’ve been using …

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