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TRUE Partial Credit Grading with Expert TA

March 28 , 17

Many instructors feel online homework systems are lacking the ability to grade student work similarly to how they grade a traditional paper-based assignment. The truth is: they are right. [...]

An Instructor's Guide to Selecting Course Materials

March 24 , 17

Finding new course materials can be quite an undertaking. There are multiple considerations that instructors must take into account, from the quality of the product to the style of the textbook,[...]

Vassar College Professor Recognized with AAPT Undergraduate Teaching Award

March 22 , 17

Dr. Cindy Schwarz will receive the American Association of Physics Teacher’s 2017 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching. Expert TA would like to[...]

Tools for Sharing Teaching Materials

March 19 , 17

Instructors have a long history of sharing resources between one another within departments and among those who teach the same course, or a follow-on course. With the growth of readily available[...]

A Guide to In-Class Physics Demonstrations

March 10 , 17

Classroom demonstrations can be a great way to get students excited about what you want them to learn, and in-class physics demonstrations can be easier than you realize. If you are not doing any[...]

The Evolving Role of TAs in College Classrooms

March 08 , 17

A teaching assistant (TA) is an individual who assists a teacher with instructional responsibilities, and as many of you know, TAs are a big part of the college classroom. The duties of a TA can[...]

Interested in Flipped Classrooms? Start Small.

March 02 , 17

This blog post is not meant to equip you with the complete knowledge to get started down the path to the flipped classroom—although we do plan on writing a “Getting started with the Flipped[...]

Embracing Smartphones in the Classroom

February 08 , 17

Most people have a love/hate relationship with smartphones: They provide resources and information expeditiously in just a few clicks, but can also divert attention from timely tasks and goals,[...]

The AP Physics Exam's Shift Toward Symbolic Problem Solving

January 30 , 17

In 2015, the AP Physics Exam experienced significant changes. AP Physics B was split into two exams and two courses: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. In addition, the amended approach emphasizes[...]

Canvas LMS Review: Highlights of this Classroom Management System

December 30 , 16

For those working in the education realm these days, it seems that you can’t go far without hearing about new educational technology tools, and Instructure’s Canvas LMS is at the top of that list[...]