Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability “aims to address all the economic, social, technological and institutional aspects related to the challenge of environmental sustainability by focussing on integration across academic disciplines”. It can be accessed through the Vassar library here.
How do you know one teaching method is better than another?
How do you know when you’ve successfully developed more effective ways for students to learn the material in your courses?
If students are learning better, does that mean that they are earning better grades?
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How do we tell better learning from grade inflation?
I wish I had some answers to these questions. I don’t.
In evaluating teacher effectiveness and quality, we tend to rely on course evaluation questionnaires.
Spring is here and with it, Earth Day!
Please take a minute to check out all the great events happening next week to celebrate:
1. The week kicks off this Sunday with Community Grow Day sponsored by the College Committee on Sustainability and VEG (the Vassar Experimental Garden).
The Student Perspective
I know when I was a college student, I basically muddled my way through a 4-6 hr lab period, barely knowing what I was doing despite reading through the instructions and even preparing a “pre-lab” outline the night before. I enjoyed the actual being there for the most part, but I felt the laboratory sessions lasted way too long. Most of my labs didn’t seem connected to my course work and most were just lists of steps to be done in order.