Are student evaluations of teaching (SETs) biased?

Around the proverbial water cooler of many colleges and universities, you will often hear faculty discussing their student evaluations of teaching (SETs). Faculty may feel that SETs do not adequately represent the quality of their teaching, and in some aspects, they are correct. Research suggests that SETs are subject to a wide variety of biases,… Read More

Involving Students in Research

Roseman pharmacy students often begin the program without any sort of research experience. Nonetheless, research experience is a selling point for those seeking residencies, which are becoming as desirable as they are competitive to obtain. This has led to extensive student interest in becoming involved in research during pharmacy school, preferably with the end of… Read More

Writing Good Assessment Questions

One Friday I was approached by a teacher from another institution who asked me how things were going. When I told him I’d just gotten out of a somewhat stressful assessment, he nodded understandingly and replied that he had heard another of his colleagues once say that teaching is something we do for free; it’s… Read More

Team-Based Learning

November 2019 brought a visit from Dr. Parto Khansari to the Roseman College of Pharmacy, who spoke about methods for facilitating team-based learning. At their best, team-based activities promote constructivist learning by students, helping them understand content more deeply, connect it with prior knowledge, and think about it at a higher level than simply memorizing… Read More

Motivational Interviewing in the Classroom

What is motivational interviewing (MI)? It was originally developed back in the 1980s as a method to treat addiction. A counselor named Bill Miller discovered that patients’ openness to behavior change depended on how they were spoken to by a counselor. Counselors using a less confrontational approach were less likely to elicit counterarguments and defensiveness… Read More

Practical Tips for Using Canvas

On September 10, 2019, Dr. Dustin Christensen-Grant of the Roseman College of Pharmacy gave an excellent presentation on practical ways faculty can improve their use of the many features of the Canvas learning management system.  A video of his presentation has been posted here and some specific topics and highlights are noted below. 4:13  Using… Read More

Where do I publish?

It can be a joy to see your research in print, but also a big headache to get it there.  Assuming you’ve executed a decent research plan and generated interesting results, you are now tasked with putting your work into the context of the entirety of human knowledge (seemingly), describing all your procedures and results… Read More

Lightening the Cognitive Load

This year I was approached by a student in my Pharmaceutical Calculations course about posting worked solutions to a problem set. “Answers are listed on the last page,” I said. “But we don’t know if we’re getting to the answers the right way,” she replied. “I write out examples in class.  You’re supposed to apply… Read More

Assessment Review

On May 20 and 21, 2019, the South Jordan Campus of Roseman University had the opportunity to learn more about assessment review, a key component of the Roseman Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, from two of the university’s founders and a panel of other seasoned Roseman faculty. In the May 21st session, the panelists were Renee… Read More