Rigorous or Rigor-Mortis?

Posted on April 19, 2011 by

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Decline in student engagement, attendance, and overall pursuit of knowledge (with out taking short cuts or the easy route) is a gripe than can be heard nation wide in academia.  Some would say that students are learning differently and they have different needs and expectations.   Educators who are online teaching trailblazers believe that effective teaching can be done online but teachers need to invest more into their pedagogy Brick and mortar teachers who love the smell of chalk dust in the morning could say that online classes are the easy way out and push students to  Google and Wikipedia their education.  Where do you stand?

Academically Adrift is a book written by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. The book documents the findings of their extensive research that draws on survey responses, transcript data, and, for the first time, the state-of-the-art Collegiate Learning Assessment.  Students aren’t learning what they are expected to in that critical first semester and even more shocking teachers know this! Inside Higher Ed’s article reviews the book…. let us know what you think.

Have you read the book?  Are your student’s adrift?  What do you think constitutes rigor, more reading and assignments or a more thoughtfully planned syllabus and course guide?

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