Archive for the 'Podcast: Teaching, Learning, and Everything Else' Category

Conversation #25: Critical Thinking

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Noam Chomsky

Quite typically institutions almost of any kind try to enforce conformity, obedience and passivity. They don’t try to encourage the kind of critical thought and action which will threaten the structure of power and domination…

A conversation with Noam Chomsky (MIT) on teaching, learning and critical thinking.

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Conversation #24: Interdisciplinarity

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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Julie Thompson Klein

Doesn’t matter whether it’s engineering, whether it’s psychology, there isn’t a single report out there that doesn’t acknowledge the changing relationship of disciplines and interdisciplinary work. It’s often driven by a research agenda: The disciplines are changing; their research frontiers are expanding, and so that’s an important part of what a department should be attending to, but also new themes and topics are coming into the curriculum…. It’s a both-and world out there, it’s not an either-or world.

A conversation with Julie Thompson Klein (Wayne State University) on teaching, learning and interdisciplinarity.

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Conversation #23: Interdisciplinarity

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Art Goldsmith

We’re starting to move in a direction now where there is more integration of ideas across disciplines inside the classroom. That makes it a more genuine or realistic experience for the students. They’re more trusting of the process and consequently I see them as being more engaged. I think that movement is the most significant development in terms of pedagogy that has happened in quite some time.

A conversation with Art Goldsmith (Washington and Lee University) on teaching, learning and interdisciplinarity.

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Conversation #22: Grade Inflation

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Stuart Rojstaczer

I think there are serious deficiencies in today’s higher education… If administrators and professors were honest with themselves, they would address them and improve the quality of education.

A conversation with Stuart Rojstaczer (formerly of Duke University) on teaching, learning and grade inflation.

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Conversation #21: Copyright

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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Kenneth Crews

A court ruled last year that at least within limits it was fair use to scan pages from a book and to make those pages available to students in connection with teaching at a university. Now, you’re thinking to yourself: But we do that here all the time. And the answer is: I know, it’s happening all over the country — and somebody finally got sued. The case is up on appeal.

A conversation with Kenneth Crews of Columbia University, on teaching, learning and copyright.

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Conversation #20: Values Education

Friday, September 6th, 2013

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Eric Bain-Selbo

We want students to “think outside the box.” Those boxes have been handed to them, and they are going to create new boxes. As educators, our role is to point out the boxes both new and old.

A conversation with Eric Bain-Selbo of Western Kentucky University, on teaching, learning and values education.

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Post scriptum: CAT is pleased to welcome Dr. Ray Lang as our new podcast host for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Conversation #19: Interteaching

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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Bryan Saville

A conversation with Bryan Saville of James Madison University, on teaching, learning and interteaching.

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All documents courtesy Dr. Saville.

Conversation #18: Online Engagement

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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Dave Yearwood

A conversation with Dave Yearwood of University of North Dakota, on teaching, learning and online engagement.

The one thing I’m really cautious about is making sure these technologies are not used as souped-up dump trucks. Meaning you load them up with content and you just drive it to where students are and you drop off the content and say to students, “Now you work with it.” That’s the one thing I try to stress that we have to be careful about not doing with our students.

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Conversation #17: Contemplative Pedagogy

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Daniel Barbezat

A conversation with Daniel Barbezat of Amherst College, on teaching, learning and contemplative pedagogy.

People ask, “What does a liberal arts college do? What does a good education do? It teaches people how to think.” It’s kind of a ridiculous claim in a way, because people know how to think. But we’re giving them tools to think more deeply, clarifying what they’re thinking about. That process can be deepened and expanded by a reflective process: not only of an abstract reflection, but a reflection on the inner life of the student… This inner life is being directly nurtured and sustained in an inquiry of the material that’s being learned. The students now see how their inner life connects to what they’re learning, and… that deepens both their curiosity and interest and their understanding of the material.

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Conversation #16: Multitasking & Social Media

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Gloria Mark

A conversation with Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine, on teaching, learning, multitasking and social media.

We found that people switched activities on the average of every three minutes. So that’s day in and day out, from morning til night, every three minutes they would switch tasks. It’s a very robust finding. Even with doing further research we still come up with this three minute number.

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