Best Practices for Teaching and Improving Success Rates in Developmental English Writing Courses

John Hansen received a BA in English from the University of Iowa and an MA in English literature from Oklahoma State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Summerset Review, One Sentence Poems, The Dillydoun Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Eunoia Review, Litro Magazine, Wild Roof Journal, The Banyan Review, Drunk Monkeys, and elsewhere. He has presented on a variety of topics …

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Four Essential Criteria for an Effective Online Course

In 2012, Michael Bell joined Norton, where he established and now leads the Customer Success Department. His team is responsible for implementation and course design support for our products, including building content into LMSs like Blackboard, Canvas, and D2L. He is certified by the Online Learning Consortium in online course design. Michael BellImage Credit: Michael …

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Lessons Learned in a Pandemic—Supporting Students Who Are in Distress while You’re Teaching Remotely

Colleges across the nation have put a significant amount of effort into helping students be more resilient. This effort, as well as need, has only grown since COVID-19 struck. How can faculty support their students’ well-being and resilience while teaching remotely?  Dina Radeljas is an associate professor of sociology at Mohawk Valley Community College, in …

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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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Personal and Professional Reading: Making Time for What We Love Most

Jim Burke, an English teacher at Middle College at the College of San Mateo, has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and has written more than twenty-five books about teaching and literacy. He has received numerous awards, including the Exemplary Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Distinguished Service …

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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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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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Using Videogames to Engage Students in Astronomy Lab

Nicole Gugliucci, assistant professor of astronomy at Saint Anselm College, shares her experience incorporating At Play in the Cosmos: The Videogame into her classroom. I’m not at all what you would call a gamer. The most frequently used app on my phone is probably the one with crossword puzzles. Like a lot of millennials, when I was a kid I dabbled in …

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Being Human: Lessons and Reminders during a Global Pandemic

Dr. Michael Ramirez is an associate professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He teaches courses on gender, work, aging and the life course, and film. Dr. Michael Ramirez, associate professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi As a sociologist, I am attentive to how nearly every dimension of social life is shaped …

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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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