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Faculty Focus

December 16, 2016

By Mary Bart

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a few top 10 lists. As we prepare to put 2016 in the rearview mirror, we’re offering up our own list, which goes to 11.

Throughout 2016, we published more than 200 articles. The articles covered a wide range of teaching and learning topics, including diversity and inclusion, critical thinking, peer feedback, assignment strategies, course design, flipped learning, online discussions, and grading policies.

In this post, we reveal the 11 articles that most resonated with our readers. Each article’s ranking is based on a combination of factors, including e-newsletter open and click rates, social shares, reader comments, web traffic, reprint requests, and other reader engagement metrics.

See what articles made the list >> 

Faculty Focus Week in Review
Monday, December 12

The online classroom can sometimes feel isolating for students and faculty. Here are five ways you can build a sense of community in your online courses.

Tuesday, December 12

Here’s complete description of an extra credit assignment from an example syllabus.  What do you think?  Is it a legitimate assignment or extra credit busy work?


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Wednesday, December 14

This season I’m wishing you quiet times, silent listening, and a hopeful confrontation with all that education is and can be on our campuses, in our communities, and across our diverse culture.

Thursday, December 15
Journaling Assignment [Premium Content]

Students will complete a series of short essays about the idea of fairness in different ethical theories. Students will reflect in writing on the following question: what is fairness or how does this idea contribute to, support or challenge my idea of fairness? Another question students will consider is how a particular ethical theory is or is not fair. Students will be evaluated on the following factors ...

Friday, December 16

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a few top 10 lists. As we prepare to put 2016 in the rearview mirror, we’re offering up our own list.

Incorporating aspects of self-regulated learning into your courses can improve your students’ exam performance, reading and listening comprehension, written and designed products, and problem-solving skills. Its name might suggest otherwise, but self-regulated learning—the skill set and practice of strategically planning, monitoring, controlling, and evaluating ones’ own learning—can be taught. 

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