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Professors Can Learn to Be More Effective Instructors

Bill Condon
Bill Condon

Studies of faculty development efforts at a liberal arts college and WSU suggest the programs can have an impact on student outcomes.

Intuitively, it makes sense that professors who spend time developing their teaching skills will become more effective instructors — and that that will eventually translate to better student outcomes. Practically speaking, though, the challenges of (and the variables involved in) tracing the effects of professional development on student learning are myriad. That’s probably why the research on the matter is patchy, relying largely on self-reported measures. » More …

New art exhibition at WSU Tri-Cities ponders impact of ‘the cloud’

Peter Christenson
Peter Christenson

Joe Batt drew a picture on a brick wall in downtown Olympia about a year ago. It was charcoal, life size—featuring a boy with a satellite attached to his head.

Batt, an artist and instructor at South Puget Sound Community College, has been meditating on the impact of Wi-Fi technology and devices on the culture and daily life. In a new exhibition at The Art Center at WSU Tri-Cities, he uses images like the one on the Olympia wall to provoke thought and inspire conversation. » More …

Survey helps people see where they stand with presidential candidates

Travis Ridout
Travis Ridout

Voter surveys of the presidential race have come a long way in the 80 years since The Literary Digest predicted Alf Landon would make Franklin Roosevelt a one-term president.

FDR actually won the 1936 race in a landslide and The Literary Digest poll became a notorious example of what happens when a survey doesn’t contact a diverse enough group people. » More …