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  • Moving Beyond the Transmission of Feedback: Strategies to Engage Students 

    Squires, Maureen (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2013)
    Feedback is an essential element of formative assessment. For students to grow, deepen their thinking, and improve their writing, they must understand and apply instructor comments. Moreover, students must be active ...
  • Caring and Control: The Importance of Detachment 

    MacLeod, Douglas C. Jr (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2013)
    Should we be finding ways to detach ourselves from our students, when they so clearly need guidance and direction? Should we be placing ourselves at a distance when students are so desperately trying to find someone to ...
  • Welcome to the Inaugural Issue 

    Kasper, Becky (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2013)
  • Pinterest in the Writing Classroom: How Digital Curation and Collaboration Promotes Critical Thinking 

    Castro-Lewandowski, Athena (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2013)
    Often reworking existing digital materials, twenty-first century writers are increasingly collaborative and multimodal composers. This article explores how teachers of Freshman Year Composition can use the image based ...
  • The Useful Citizen 

    Kasper, Becky (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
  • The Paradox of Democracy and Higher Education 

    Moran, Thomas (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    At the heart of democracy lies a paradox. Democracy is dependent upon citizen participation, but if citizens, exercising the freedom that democracy permits, choose not to participate in the political life of the society, ...
  • Integrating Civic Engagement with the Online Classroom: Lessons from Tennessee State University 

    Robinson, Cara (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    The promotion of active citizenship and a commitment to public service while providing an environment of experiential learning and activity in traditional classrooms with traditional students can be tough enough; however, ...
  • Writing for the Community: Building Better Citizens in the Professional Writing Classroom 

    Devine, Julia (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    In the fight for the future of the humanities, can teaching grant writing help? This article explores the relationship between civic engagement, the humanities, and the nonprofit world. I demonstrate how my grant writing ...
  • Service Learning as a Pedagogical Tool for Citizen Stewards 

    Kulkarni, Tara (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    Service-Learning is an effective pedagogical tool in which students apply their classroom learning to help communities in need. Six service-learning projects were conducted in an introductory environmental engineering ...
  • Creating Context for Civic Engagement through the Study of Social Issues 

    Bower, Janine A.; Bower, Tim (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    Preparing college students as personally and socially responsible members of society is commonly reflected in institutional learning goals which incorporate outcomes for advancing the development of knowledge, values, ...
  • Connecting Classrooms for Collaborative Learning 

    Kasniunas, Nina T. (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    Teachers are increasingly engaging students through experiential learning and incorporating new technology in the classroom. In this unique collaborative project we brought together two American politics courses (one ...
  • Teaching Global Issues through Public Intellectuals 

    Hornibrook, Jeff (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014)
    By focusing on individual writers, public intellectuals, who are both thoughtful and easily accessible—rather than reading about these broader topics in textbooks—students learn about many of the same important issues while ...
  • Building Student Capacity for Reflective Thinking 

    Shaffer, Suzanne C. (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2015)
    Well-written reflective prompts, combined with thoughtful faculty feedback, can help students to grow as reflective thinkers. The ability to think critically and reflectively can empower students to positively impact their ...
  • Twitter: Tweets for Analysts 

    White, Susan (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2015)
    Twitter is a popular social media outlet where companies can disseminate information about the firm. Students can obtain usable information that can potentially aid their analyses of firms, with the firm’s Twitter feed as ...
  • Talk Amongst Yourself: A SoTL Manifesto 

    Neuhaus, Jessamyn (The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2015)
    This article identifies four ways that both public presentations as well as published work in the scholarship on teaching and learning could be improved, calling on all potential SoTL contributors to 1.) be yourself 2.) ...