Friday @ the Center
March 13, 2009
Faculty Fulbright Opportunities
Interested in teaching and/or researching abroad? Consider applying to be a Fulbright Scholar. Advanced planning is crucial. The 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar competition for U.S. Faculty opened on March 1, 2009, with over 800 grants available for lecturing, conducting research, or combining both in over 130 countries around the globe. For grant descriptions, eligibility guidelines, and online application, click [here]. Applications for most programs are due Aug. 1, 2009.
News of Note from the Chronicle
A must-read weekly to keep up with our professional world, The Chronicle of Higher Education covers a range of topics —from pedagogy to fund raising—and institutions—from community colleges to the Ivies. Recent news of note from Mar. 6, 2009:
- Microlectures: How to give a lecture in 3 minutes. One college finds on-line micro-lectures an effective learning strategy.
- Study Abroad: At the recent annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, researchers presented controversial findings that short study-abroad trips can have life-time effects on global engagement. The length of time students spend studying abroad, the study finds, has no significant impact on whether students become globally engaged later in life.
- Writing a Book with a 4/4 Teaching Load: A “first-person” account of how he did it.
Last Boost During Finals
As we move into finals week, consider one last strategy to help your students demonstrate the extent of their learning: 45 minutes into your final exam, have all your students stand up, touch their toes, reach for the ceiling, hug themselves, and then sit down and return to the exam. The increased blood flow, circulation of oxygen, and slight adrenaline rush may help every bit as much as the cup of coffee the student had before the exam.