Episode 17: How Do We Decide On Prerequisites?

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 ...
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Episode 16: Why General Education?

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 ...
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Episode 15: What Does It Mean to be an Independent Learner?

Episode 15: What Does It Mean to be an Independent Learner?

One of the most common claims from universities is that we train “independent learners.” As with so many other aspects ...
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Episode 14: Equity First, Technology Second

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 ...
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Episode 13: Designing Course Policies That Respect Student Time

Episode 13: Designing Course Policies That Respect Student Time

As I reflect on living through a pandemic, I realize how many questions of time and its impact on higher ...
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Episode 12: Why We Should Record Lectures Post-Pandemic

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

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 ...
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Episode 10: Why Do We Report Fs in College?

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) ...
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Episode 9: Hard is Not the Same as Rigorous

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 ...
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Episode 8: Should the Undergraduate Experience Be a Filter or a Telescope?

Episode 8: Should the Undergraduate Experience Be a Filter or a Telescope?

As I have been reflecting on general aspects of the undergraduate education experience, I have been struck by how many ...
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Episode 7:Teaching is a Team Effort

Episode 7:Teaching is a Team Effort

Is teaching an individual responsibility or a collective responsibility? Based on the reward system, it seems the assumption is that ...
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Episode 6: Post-Pandemic Experimentation in Instruction

Episode 6: Post-Pandemic Experimentation in Instruction

In my first #DenninInsights post, I discussed some of the common course designations that UCI will be using for the ...
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Episode 5: Academic Integrity and Authentic Assessments

Episode 5: Academic Integrity and Authentic Assessments

When it comes to academic integrity, what is the role of the instructor? Is it to punish instances of cheating ...
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Episode 4: Broader Standards Not Lower Standards

Episode 4: Broader Standards Not Lower Standards

In last week’s blog post we focused on grading and how it should be grounded in “standards.” But what do ...
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Episode 3: Grades Are Not a Rare Commodity

Episode 3: Grades Are Not a Rare Commodity

When I say that all our students are capable of learning at a high level and have the potential to ...
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Episode 2: Course Success Not Student Success

Episode 2: Course Success Not Student Success

As we look forward to the other side of the pandemic, many people are asking a fundamental question—what will instruction ...
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Episode 1: Course Designations for Fall 2021

Episode 1: Course Designations for Fall 2021

With all the uncertainty we have experienced over the last year due to the pandemic, I think we can all ...
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