Tools for academic teachers
I have invested quite a bit of time in education tools. Some to improve
teaching, many to try and make my teaching more efficient. After all,
universities reward you for publishing as much as possible, while teaching
as well as possible is a considered a waste of resources. And so I got into
efficiency: how can I offer students maximum interaction without ruining my
research time? It seems madness to want to share my tools, as they might
just intensify the efficiency rat race, but I still believe in old academic
values such as sharing knowledge.
So here they are, for what they are worth, no guarantees, no service
agreements. All I ask is that you let me know whether you use them and what
you think of them. I teach both in English and in Dutch and not all tools
are available in both languages.
An elaborate excel spreadsheet to handle grades, organised around
weighted grades such as for exams, papers, or participation. With special
tab sheets for grading online discussions, sign-up lists for presence in
obligatory meetings, basic grade statistics etc. Adapted to grading rules in
Nijmegen. Dutch version 3.6 only.
I developed this over years of use. So far, I know nobody who actually uses
this, but it has saved my life. I suppose it requires excel literacy and if
you have that, you would probably make your own.
Form I use to give students feedback on their papers.
If I let students chair meetings, I give them this hand-out.
Hand-out students can use to give feedback on presentations by other
Checklist for papers
Checklist to help students write complete papers, with titles, a name,
(If you have graded assignments, you know what I mean.)
Course load calculator
Excel tool to help you calculate the amount of time students will spend
on your course. If your course involves reading, it can also help with the
calculation of copyrights, but that is very sketchy in this
English version 2.0.
How to answer an essay question
Students in natural sciences find this very difficult, so I wrote an
How to read a text
Another one specifically for natural science students, in an effort to
explain how social sciences treat texts differently.
What is wrong with plagiarism?
Powerpoint slides. explaining referencing and the evils of plagiarism.
More to come...