Greetings from the CFE!
Very timely, given our recent move into a fully online environment: In this week's Monday Mentor Tom Tobin shares academic integrity strategies that apply to tests, quizzes, and assignments, and he helps faculty in determining where to focus efforts (and where to safely stop paying attention to dishonest practices). If you have not watched this week's Mentor, we highly recommend you do so (available until Sunday, May 3 -- 11.59 pm).
How Can I Ensure Academic Honesty in My Online Assessments?
The latest version of the APA Publication Manual (i.e., APA 7) was released in October 2019.
The newest version specifies different formatting conventions for student and professional papers (i.e., papers written for credit in a course and papers intended for scholarly publication). The differences mostly extend to the title page and running head. Crucially, citation practices do not differ between the two styles of paper.
OWL at Purdue offers two versions of an APA 7 sample paper one in student style and one in professional style. It might come in handy when you are introducing scholarly formatting to your student. The sample papers can be found at
Btw: The OWL pages also introduce other styles such as MLA, Chicago, IEEE etc. And for your convenience we have also attached a PPT show that points out the major changes from APA 6 to version 7.
Most professors would admit that they’ve found themselves frustrated when grading papers. Yes, sometimes those frustrations might stem from students ignoring your clear, strategic, and explicit instructions, but more often, Jessica McCaughey argues, "bad" papers are a result of how and what we’re asking of students, and how well we really understand our goals for them. Further, we often struggle to strike a balance between providing too much information and too little, and placing ourselves in a novice’s shoes is difficult. In an effort to combat these challenges, here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin developing or revising prompts. [Read more...]
The Center for Faculty Excellence Fellows Program is designed to give individual faculty members the opportunity to serve in a leadership role in a professional development area of their own choosing. Such areas may include: innovative approaches to teaching and learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), effective techniques for large lecture classes, high-impact strategies, fostering diversity and inclusion in the classroom, adjunct faculty support, peer review and observation, mid-career or faculty leadership development, etc.
Please take a look at the program description, and if you feel this is for you download the materials and submit your application electronically to Dr. Jörg Waltje, Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence (email@example.com), by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2020. (https://twu.edu/cfe/cfe-fellow-program)
Do you miss visiting museums and galleries? Us too! The Art Institute Chicago's Essentials Video Series offers an opportunity to once again get up close with some of the most well-known and beloved works in its collection. Get started with the first five—and watch for more in the coming weeks!
Being an educator and a writer has always driven me to find online mentorship and inspiring social media accounts I could follow in order to remain in “the know” and to have relevant information to share with my colleagues and students. Understanding that social media is such a huge part of our lives, I knew that a short list of some very innovative people and accounts to follow would help you to continue to create an online world that is equally as resourceful and inspiring as those connections we have created face-to-face. [Read more]
Have a good week, everybody!