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Popular vs. Scholarly Sources 101

Help prepare students for a productive research strategy by demonstrating the differences between poplar and scholarly sources. Okay, think fast. How do you tell the difference between popular and scholarly sources? Maybe a little list runs through your head, like this: Is …

Midterm Grades: How Do They Help?

It’s that time of year, again, when you’re probably considering – or have completed – the practice of submitting midterm grades. If you are still on the fence of whether or not to do midterm grades, then here are a few points …
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Designing Writing Projects (Part 1)

Essential Concepts for Designing Compelling, Successful, and Meaningful Writing Projects  Denise K. Comer, Associate Professor of the Practice of Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing, Duke University Of the many writing projects you have completed across your education, which ones were your favorites? …

Music Dictionary

The best music dictionary on the web is completely free! In partnership with Virginia Tech, Connect For Education (C4E) has redesigned and enhanced the original Virginia Tech music dictionary to bring you the brand new OnMusic Dictionary—an online music reference used by …
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Reading Chord Symbols

How to Read and Write Chord Symbols The ability to read a chord symbol and name the pitches of its chord is an essential skill for all musicians. I use it constantly in all of my music theory, analysis and orchestration courses to …
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Music Appreciation Teaching Resources

Great Resources for Teaching Music Appreciation and other Music Survey Courses for Non-Music Majors Teaching something as broad as ‘music appreciation’ or ‘listening to music’ or ‘music in our world’ can be a daunting task. And for most instructors, teaching music appreciation …
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Determining Reliable Nutrition Information

Determining Reliable Nutrition Information Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE How do you get students to stop believing “stuff” they read on the internet? Before taking a nutrition science class, most students’ exposure to nutrition information has been incorrect, misleading, or false material …
student evaluations
Student Evaluations Can be Helpful: And Here’s How
online students
Empathizing with your Online Students
Popular vs. Scholarly Sources 101
Social Justice
Mere Education