Overcoming the Winter Doldrums in Student Learning

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A Teaching and Learning Tip by Steve Hansen During the polar vortex, Duquesne University historically canceled classes, as did many universities throughout the country. That, along with incessant winter weather or fluctuating weather, can cause the winter doldrums to settle upon students’ motivation to learn.  What should a teacher do? The literature on self-efficacy suggests …

Spring 2019 and the New 3Rs of Learning

Welcome to the 2019 Spring edition of the Flourishing Academic blog - on this, the coldest day of the year! The blog has a fresh new look, and we have planned a series of inspiring posts to warm your way through the semester. Please join us in welcoming Arianna Lower to her role as program …

Making space for students to feel complex emotions after a tragedy

by Christina Frasher, Instructional Consultant, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University; Part-time Faculty, Psychology, Point Park University When a tragedy strikes that touches so many aspects of our identities, it can be meaningful to students for teachers to model how to make space for the complex emotions that may arise. On Monday, October 29, 2018, …

I Can Show You the WrHLD

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by Benjamin S. Goldschmidt, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duquesne University Have you ever been so busy you forgot a meeting even though you had entered it in your calendar? Since becoming an assistant professor, I have done this many times--as hard as it is to admit.  I believe the reason has to do with …

Best Practices in Mentoring Students: A Reflection

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by Benedict J. Kolber, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University “Mentoring” has been a buzzword in higher education for years, but its meaning varies by context. Mentoring relationships can be spontaneous and organic or assigned and structured. Mentoring occurs among faculty, staff, and students, and between peers and non-peers, alike. One common mentoring …