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Retrenchment and Renewal in Christian Post-Secondary Education

What some have called a “perfect storm” of disruptive circumstances has impacted all of post-secondary education in both Canada and the United States for the last five years. The result has been two interrelated trends that have especially shaped Christian colleges and universities: a more constrained enrollment on the one hand and a creative approach […]

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Clear Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) guide instructors and students.

Writing Student Learning Outcomes: A Guide

Below is a brief but thorough overview of how teachers can guide students into knowledge, skill and demonstration of a subject through the use of a Student Learning Outcomes (SLO).  Here, we will look at how to write an effective SLO that also complies with your accrediting agency.  Definition of Student Learning Outcomes An SLO […]

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Digital Discussion Groups: No Longer Limited to Distance Education

Why Welcome Digital Discussion Groups?

Have you noticed that chalkboards are turning into class-sized computer screens, or that school libraries are looking more like coffee shops where directed group discussions and collaborative efforts are being held on students’ personal devices? Digital discussion groups are becoming the “new normal” in traditional classes. Instead of being reluctantly pulled along to this digital […]

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What technology trends should Christian colleges prepare to address?

5 Technological Trends Christian Colleges Can Use for Kingdom and Academic Advancement

As mariners scan the horizon for changes in weather patterns, so must Christian colleges watch for changes in technological trends.  Identifying technological trends that colleges could embrace can expand their reach and relevancy. Those trends that affect secular public universities eventually affect private Christian universities. It’s prudent to stay informed and consider how such trends […]

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Three Simple Methods to Overcome Student Distractions: Especially for Non-Traditional Students

The competition to maintain the attention of our students is as fierce as auto insurance commercials and NCAA basketball. Every instructor confronts a daily battle to keep the student actively engaged and focused on coursework.  Student distractions are legion. The meteoric rise of distance learning, online degrees, and hybrid classes have created a new pipeline […]

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Faculty Development on a Budget: Six Ways to Foster Faculty Development When Inter-Disciplinary Demands Are High and Budgets Are Low

Does your faculty feel like they need Ed.Ds in addition to their Ph.Ds in order to teach effectively? Do they have the IT department’s phone number on speed dial? Does thinking about the “flipped classroom” make them want to flip out? Expectations of faculty—from you as administrators, from denominational governing boards, from accrediting agencies like ATS, […]

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