Recent posts from the IDEAblog

Two Great People for Connecting with IDEA

April 14, 2014

By Jake Glover IDEA Education is, at its core, a relational organization. We highly value the opportunity to connect with our clients as partners in the mission to improve student learning. We...

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Disciplinary Differences in STEM fields: A Closer Look at Student Progress

April 7, 2014

By Dan Li  For those who are interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), you may have read about our study that compared student ratings from STEM courses...

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Fooled No More – Participating in the IDEA Help Community

March 31, 2014

By Jake Glover  Many this April Fool’s Day will work to pull a prank or two. Others will be on their guard to avoid being made the fool of those pranks. I actually enjoy the good-natured mischief of...

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“Blinded by the Light” of Top 10 Flashpoints

March 24, 2014

By Steve Benton  After reading Ron Berk’s Top 10 Flashpoints in Student Ratings and the Evaluation of Teaching1 I was almost “blinded by the light” of his wisdom to quote Bruce Springsteen’s 1976...

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Cultivating Communities of Practice with IDEA

March 17, 2014

By Jake Glover  I need to start by saying my formal understanding of Communities of Practice (CoP) as described by Wenger (2002) is nascent. I still wanted to focus this blog on the topic in order to...

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Closing the Gap

March 10, 2014

By Steve Benton  Passages in this blog are reprinted with permission of John Wiley & Sons from an article by the same title Steve Benton published in the spring 2014 (24:4) issue of The...

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First-Year Department Chairs: What Keeps Them Busy (or Up at Night)?

March 3, 2014

By Dan Li  This post kicks off a new series called "research tidbits," through which we would like to share some interesting statistics from our in-house research. Some tidbits can answer questions...

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The Most Important Things

February 24, 2014

By Shelley Chapman  As many of you know, I am leaving IDEA after this week to accept an appointment as Special Advisor to the Provost at West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria. As I look...

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Outside of the Box Courses - How IDEA Helps

February 17, 2014

By Jake Glover  One of the questions frequently asked at workshops and other sessions is “How can IDEA be used in internships, lab courses, practica, and other courses that do not fit the typical...

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Classroom Visitations: Using IDEA

February 10, 2014

By Shelley Chapman I differentiate between “classroom observations” and “classroom visitations.”Classroom ObservationsClassroom observations, for me, are usually...

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