Jessica Smith, Ph.D.

357 Flips | 1 Magazine | 10 Following | 26 Followers | @CommProf1982 | College professor and instructional technologist. Doctorate in Communication & Information from the University of Tennessee. Have been teaching Millennials for the past eight years.

Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible

(PhysOrg.com) -- In a study that will surely shake the ivory towers of academia, authors Kirsten Johnson and undergraduate student Jamie Bartolino, …

Using Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

When I first began teaching, each class involved a major research paper that was due at the end of the semester. Much to my chagrin, most students …

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

So how can we provide this kind of feedback -- the kind that students actually listen to, understand, and use -- in a timely manner? Before looking …

Group Work Strategies to Ensure Students Pull Their Weight

The idea for sharing this post came from a session I recently conducted at the annual teaching conference organized by my university. A pedagogical …

Group Work Challenge: Assessing Team Members

Teachers who use group work frequently incorporate some sort of peer assessment activity as a means of encouraging productive interactions within the …

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

At Denny's, diners are asked to fill out comment cards. How was your meal? Were you satisfied with the quality of service? Were the restrooms clean?<p>In universities around the world, semesters end with students filling out similar surveys about their experience in the class and the quality of the …

They Haven’t Done the Reading. Again.

If you believe the research, on any given day, something like 70 percent of our students come to class having not done the assigned reading. That …

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom

Social media can turn an awkward school discussion into an addictive debate.<p>Highlighting vocabulary words; underlining passages; drawing stars and smiley faces in the margins—these are the hallmarks of ninth grade English class. Students are encouraged to interact with the text, almost holding a …

Learning to Let Go: Listening to Students in Discussion

A class discussion where the teacher pre-determines the outcome is just a lecture in disguise, dressed up to feel student-centered while still being …

Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers

Kimberley Ellis Hale has been an instructor at WilfridLaurier University in Waterloo, Ont., for 16 years. This summer, while teaching an introductory …

What If Teachers Were Charged With Setting School Direction?

PBS NewsHour takes a look at Mission Hill School in Boston where teachers run the school based on a consensus model. Everyone on staff must be in …

“They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are”

<b>(AP/Jessica Hill)</b><p>Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what’s wrong with the Ivy League<p>Michael Schulson<p>September 2, 2014 9:15pm (UTC)<p>In the spring of 2008, William Deresiewicz taught his last class at Yale. In the summer of 2008, he published an essay …

How Can Role-Playing Improve Peer-To-Peer Feedback?

<i>This is a guest post by Boise State professor, Yu-Hui Ching.</i><p>I am an assistant professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University. I have …

Is the Essay Dead?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>"The word <i>essay</i> has been hijacked, blasphemed, forced into service for the enemy." Thus thunders …

Keeping Up With the Joneses, When the Joneses Are High Schoolers

When I came back from South by Southwest EDU, I felt excited. Vitalized. Energized. Motivated. All the good words that end in -ed. But I also came back pressured.<p>It wasn't the kind of pressure that anyone put on me explicitly. It was the kind of pressure that comes from talking shop with some of …

College Isn’t for Everyone. Let’s Stop Pretending It Is.

It’s an article of faith in the school reform community that we should be striving to prepare all students for success in college—if not a four-year …

In Defense Of A Liberal Arts Degree

They might be getting overshadowed by STEM degrees in the news, but liberal arts degrees have a lot to offer their students.<p>As I write this, high school seniors across the land are giving each other triumphant fist bumps, bursting into tears, or casting thanks or blame toward all those who played a …

The Myth of Student EngagementASCD Inservice

Each day that you enter your classroom, are you educating students?<p>Or are you teaching at them?<p>Do your lessons only improve their academic …

Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'

When Kaitlin Jennrich first walked into her communications seminar last fall, she had no idea that the professor already knew of her affinity for …

When lectures fall short as a teaching tool (essay)

My children and parents were in bed before 10 p.m. one night over the holidays. I sat at the dinner table with my brothers and our spouses. Quick …

My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation

"Students’ reliance on screens for communication is detracting—and distracting—from their engagement in real-time talk."<p>Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their …

Essay suggests that student emails are a chance for teaching, not mocking

As a writing and communication instructor, I read emails from my students with great curiosity, trepidation and, oftentimes, a feeling of …

College Is Still for Creating Citizens

The fierce debate about the future of higher education in America has clarified some issues even as it has polarized national thinking on the …

Snapshot: Which Colleges Are Embracing Online Education?

Two recent surveys from The Learning House, an e-learning services ­provider, report that nearly half of all state colleges in the United States …

How Entertaining Does Education Need to Be?

<i>This article</i> <i>originally appeared in</i> Inside Higher Ed<i>.</i><p>I’m wondering how “entertaining” my classes should be.<p>On the one hand, being entertained is a …

Essay on the problems created by students who are too informal with professors

I am not your friend; I am not “Miss.”<p>Is it just me, or are we witnessing an epidemic of familiarity among undergraduates?<p>They’re all calling me by …

Rethinking the Role of College Career Centers for Humanities Graduates

Numerous studies indicate that the skills produced by a quality liberal arts education correspond precisely to what employers seek beyond technical training. The ability to articulate, write, apply quantitative methods, use technology, and work in a collaborative setting will continue to shape the …

Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy

In public-policy battles over arts education, you might hear that it is closely linked to greater academic achievement, social and civic engagement, …

So-Called "Digital Natives" Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows - ReadWrite

"In Google we trust." That may very well be the motto of today's young online users, a demographic group often dubbed the "digital natives" due their …