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Choosing and Using Textbooks. The July 2013 issue of Teaching of Psychology (40, 3) includes an “objective analysis” of the specifications and content coverage of 13 full-length introductory psychology textbooks.

Choosing and Using Textbooks

In six pages, teachers get a well-organized overview of introductory texts and a good feel for what those in the field consider important introductory course content. Scholarship like this makes a valuable contribution to the discipline. The number of pages in these introductory psych texts ranges from 577 to 842, with the average length a little more than 670 pages. The books contain 15 to 17 chapters with 42 pages the average chapter length. In another survey of faculty teaching introductory psychology, respondents reported covering about 68% of the course topics, and a publisher’s survey indicated that somewhere around 20% of students are not buying these introductory texts, possibly because of cost.

Psychology. Text message (SMS) polls and voting, audience response system. Pricing - Top Hat. Why one adjunct gave up on college teaching and created his own business. Daniel Fincke’s story about being an adjunct professor isn’t unique -- at least not the first part.

Why one adjunct gave up on college teaching and created his own business

He spent 11 years teaching at and countless hours commuting to and from various institutions in and around New York City, for low pay and no job security. Years on the tenure-track market yielded no offers. And, like so many others in the same position, he wanted out. But here's where Fincke's story diverges from the common narrative: Saying he can’t stay in a labor system he doesn’t believe in, and that he’s eager for new challenges, he’s publicly announced that he’s leaving academe -- but not for a steady gig in another sector.

The Minerva project plans for different kind of online education. The Minerva Project, an airy-sounding venture in San Francisco aiming to create an elite university for the 21st century, just poached a top academic from Stanford University.

The Minerva project plans for different kind of online education

The company made a splash last year for attracting $25 million in venture capital and vowing to transform global higher education. Now it’s going to need to raise more money, develop software, hire professors and recruit enough students to open its doors by fall 2015. Except Minerva’s doors won’t open to anything resembling a traditional university: the for-profit startup expects top students will fly across the world to sit in front of computers. What Makes a Great Teacher? - Amanda Ripley. On August 25, 2008, two little boys walked into public elementary schools in Southeast Washington, D.C.

What Makes a Great Teacher? - Amanda Ripley

Both boys were African American fifth-graders. The previous spring, both had tested below grade level in math. Classroom. Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free. Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Teaching of Psych Idea Exchange: An OTRP Resource / FrontPage. En Español Navigation Tips: To return to this page at any time, click the OTRP logo at the top of the page.

Teaching of Psych Idea Exchange: An OTRP Resource / FrontPage

To navigate by content, use the "Navigator" on the right; grab the double dotted rows at the bottom of that section to expand or shrink the area. California Will Announce Big Online Push. Khan and Hennessy on Online Education, the Full D10 Interview (Video) - Kara Swisher - Conferences. Courses Run by Professors Online. ProfessorDirect combines all of the power of our popular online college courses and tutoring with special additional instructional content and support provided by professors.

Courses Run by Professors Online

By making a direct connection between students and faculty everyone wins. ProfessorDirect puts you in control of the price, professor, start date and duration of each course. It provides professors a platform to connect with students, share their passion and to earn. What’s Different About ProfessorDirect Courses? Students will benefit from increased engagement, direct communication with experts and additional resources, tips, instruction and more thorough video, downloads, presentations and synchronous class sessions.

Professor-led courses can be delivered in 8 week, 15 week and self-paced formats. Open Colleges (opencolleges) on Pinterest. Forums.com - Build Your Own Discussion Forum. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. Online university president. Book Review: A World-Class Education. A half-century ago, the U.S. was the undisputed leader in education—the first country to achieve universal secondary education and the first to make college broadly accessible.

Book Review: A World-Class Education

Today, other countries are leap-frogging the U.S. on global measures of student skills and knowledge. A World-Class Education is a book I recommend to learn more about what other countries are doing. We’re spending twice as much on education today as we did 20 years ago. Yet, U.S. students ranked 17th in science, 25th in math, and 14th in reading in the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the most widely used global assessment of student achievement.

Who’s beating the U.S. in these important categories – and how? Vivien Stewart in her book, A World Class Education, looks at five countries—Singapore, Canada, Finland, China, and Australia—where students are doing significantly better on global assessments than students in the U.S.

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