Letting Students Surprise You

I have a student in the class I’m now teaching that doesn’t talk much. By other indications, however, she’s reasonably engaged. Her body language is positive. She shows up for class. Her writing needs some work, granted, but shows evidence of thought prior to being handed in. Generally she struck me as a student who was doing what she could but perhaps had priorities elsewhere other than my class. And I was fine with that. I’m not a professor who feels my class ought to be my students’ first priority every minute of every day. For most of them, it’s an elective that fills a general education requirement, so I […]

Winter is Just Around the Corner. So is Blackboard Service Pack 8 Upgrade!

You may have heard that the Blackboard team is preparing to upgrade Blackboard to Service Pack 8 (BB SP8) during the winter break. This upgrade will take place from December 17 thru December 20. It brings much needed feature enhancements to the learning management system. It’s quite comforting to know that the Blackboard functions you have come to know and love will essentially work the same. All existing courses will upgrade to BB SP8. Experience BB SP8 by logging on to our test server. As I think of possible ways I can assist you, I’ve summarized my thoughts into the following five tips aimed at getting you on your way […]

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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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