As You're Preparing the Syllabus by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus, 10 Jan. 2018. Excerpts: "Tone matters as much as content." "Downsize policies." "Think more like a map and less like a contract."
First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus, 19 July 2017. (Orig. pub. 9 Jan. 2013.)
Summer Melt: NPR Hidden Brain story about Pounce, the texting chatbot used by Georgia State University to help answer questions from students. The chatbot may soon be coming to CSUN (under a different name, of course: Chatty Matty, anyone?).
Thinking outside the Office (Hours). Fiona Rawle-Close. National Teaching and Learning Forum, Volume 26, Number 4, May 2017. Excerpted by Rick Reis for the Tomorrow's Professor blog at https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1587: "I decided to hold walking office hours...." She's in Toronto; here in LA, you could make this strategy work even better.
You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression: First Year Retention Report from Institutional Research at CSUN in collaboration with the Office of Student Success Innovations and Undergraduate Studies. 5/24/17.
Helping Students Learn from Texts. Tomorrow's Professor, 1551. Sample: "One of the biggest surprises that new faculty experience is that most students rarely read before coming to class – or after attending class for that matter. This observation is true across disciplines, but it may be even more of a problem in science classes." 3/16/17.
9 Tools for the Accidental Writing Teacher by Daveena Tauber. 6/30/16.
Five New Year's Resolutions for College Faculty by Karen Hughes Miller. Faculty Focus, 12/11/15.
Nine Ways to Improve Class Discussions by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus. 9/30/15.
Why We Believe in Our Students: A Timely Reminder by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus. 12/3/14.
10 Recommendations for Improving Group Work by Mary Bart, Faculty Focus. 9/12/14.