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Help Your Students Get More Sleep: Set TWO Due Dates for Assignments

Howard Aldrich University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University Students often complain that they can’t get enough sleep because they have too much work to do (Hershner and Chervin 2014). Given the importance of sleep, particularly with respect to learning (Doyle and Zakrajsek 2013), this self-reported lack of sleep has long been a concern to me. I thought students simply needed to manage their time better and that, as a faculty member, I didn’t have control over when students choose to sleep. For all the years I have been teaching, it hadn’t really occurred to me that the time at which I make assignments du

Student Preparedness Incorporated into the Course Design

Lynn Gillette Nicholls State University Students, in class and prepared to learn, is a fundamental challenge in essentially every educational program at every educational institution. Regardless of how you structure the use of class time, whether with lectures, group work, team-based learning, service-learning, engaged learning, or even flipping the class, a key component for student success comes down to students showing up for class prepared to do the work. Unfortunately, too often our students arrive for class having not done the assigned preparation for that day. In this blog, I present a course design where students do prepare in advance for class by using Class Preparation Assignments

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