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Week 6: Ethics of University Rankings

After reading the resources about citation methods and tools in this weeks module, I started looking for some recent news articles about citation issues in academia. What ended up catching my interest was an article in The Chronicle of Higher … Continue reading

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Week 5: Academic Fraud and Collegiate Sports

The following post is written in response to the following articles: Jeremy Bauer-Wolf: Inside Higher Ed: NCAA: No Academic Violations at UNC Marc Tracy: New York Times: N.C.A.A.: North Carolina Will Not Be Punished for Academic Scandal There was an interesting decision … Continue reading

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Week 4: Graduate Honor System

After reading through the Virginia Tech Graduate Honor System policies and also some of the other documents about the policy, I found that overall the policy makes a lot of sense and I feel that it does a good job … Continue reading

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Week 3: Integrity in Authorship

When I was going through the reading, “Becoming a Scientist,” I was especially intrigued by the section about authorship. The complex issue of how credit is distributed for work on scientific articles is very interesting and I think that there … Continue reading

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Week 2: Purpose of a Research University

The research university in the 21st century has many purposes. This can be a very good thing because it allows the vast resources that research universities poses to benefit a wide population. It can also be a challenge, however, because … Continue reading

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Diversity Awareness

Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attending public schools meant that I was surrounded by a relatively diverse group of peers from a young age. I never realized that this was different from how all children grow up, it … Continue reading

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The Secret Sauce

Teaching style can be kind of like a secret sauce. It’s that special thing that makes you unique, a kind of trademark. As a high school student I had certainly thought that I might like to become a teacher at … Continue reading

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A Conversation on Grading

The theme of this week is assessment. This is a topic that brings out many diverse viewpoints, but it does seem that the majority of people agree that what we are doing right now is far from ideal. With traditional … Continue reading

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Don’t Go for the Presliced Experience

“A mindful approach to any activity has three characteristics: the continuous creation of new categories; openness to new information; and an implicit awareness of more than one perspective. Mindlessness, in contrast, is characterized by an entrapment in old categories; by … Continue reading

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My favorite (digital) things

Engaging the current generation of learners requires that educators understand and make effective use of digital media and technology. In a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, it was reported that 87% of all teens in the United States … Continue reading

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