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Episode 17: How Do We Decide On Prerequisites?

In the last post, I focused on why we have general education requirements, mostly from the student perspective. For this post, I am going to ask the question of why we require prerequisites and focus on this topic from the university perspective. While I hope my perspective can be applied […]

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Episode 16: Why General Education?

In my last #DenninInsights post, I introduced a common question that students often ask faculty: “Why do you teach certain courses?” While this question can certainly relate to how faculty decide which subjects they want to teach, I find that students are usually asking why certain courses exist at our […]

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Episode 14: Equity First, Technology Second

In honor of finals week here at UCI, I thought it would be worthwhile to reflect on my published #DenninInsights posts and highlight the common themes and threads that bring them all together.  Many of my posts are focused on the questions of what instruction may look like post-pandemic and […]

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Episode 12: Why We Should Record Lectures Post-Pandemic

As the return of in-person instruction draws closer and closer, more and more thoughts turn to how we want our courses to look in the Fall. In a previous post, I expressed my hope that faculty would be encouraged to experiment with different technologies, delivery modes, and course structures post-pandemic […]

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Episode 11: Why Success (Not Winning) is the Goal

In reflecting on the last year and my blog posts so far, a fundamental question has emerged—why is higher education structured as a competition? I can already hear reflexive answers to this. There are limited spots to get into college so that naturally creates competition. When you graduate, there are […]

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Episode 10: Why Do We Report Fs in College?

Why do we report failing grades in college? Common responses will include the traditionally cited (but perhaps not thoroughly articulated) concepts of academic rigor and standards. People may ask, “How can we uphold our standards if we do not report failing grades? Won’t students  be getting away with bad grades? […]

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Episode 9: Hard is Not the Same as Rigorous

Previously, we have discussed broadening standards and thinking of the undergraduate experience as a telescope. The goal of these discussions is to think about the elements of instruction (such as policies, exams, and approaches to teaching) to ensure that we do not exclude excellent students simply because they do not […]

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