Episode 38: Self Motivation: Where Does It Come From?

Episode 38: Self Motivation: Where Does It Come From?

Since it is still January, I feel it is okay to do a post that reflects on New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions make me think about the question of internal versus external motivation because they are an interesting combination of both. It is external in the...
Episode 37: Tools and Creativity—The Role of AI

Episode 37: Tools and Creativity—The Role of AI

Tools and creativity. These seem to be two consistent definitions of what it means to be “human.” Considering pre-historic records, we have the amazing creative work of cave paintings that exist alongside the incredible stone, wood, and bone tools made to create works...
Episode 35: What to do with Prerequisites?

Episode 35: What to do with Prerequisites?

As you can tell from past blogs, I often draw my topics from things I hear faculty saying. And one common refrain I’ve heard throughout the years is faculty commenting on the fact that students never seem to learn what is expected of them before they get to their...
Episode 34: Raising the Standards Through New Grading Practices

Episode 34: Raising the Standards Through New Grading Practices

Standards and academic rigor are two challenging topics that I keep coming back to in these posts. On the one hand, it is exciting to hear people quote my statement, “Broader standards, not lower standards.” On the other hand, I recognize the incredible challenge of...