Periodic Ponderings

Nicole Barbaro
Periodic ponderings about higher education and social science research | Created by Dr. Nicole Barbaro
Created 11 Dec 2020
  • Some Updates
    15 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    You may have noticed a decrease in content the last couple of months, and if you’re a paid subscriber you should have received and email that subscriptions have been cancelled moving forward. You may ...
  • Lottery Admissions Won’t Increase Racial Diversity at Selective Universities
    04 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    A hot new paper was just published this week in the journal Educational Researcher (it’s open access, download the paper here, and supplemental material here) covered by the big higher education outle...
  • October Reading Roundup
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    October has been a bit slow on the reading front for me. Between my teaching duties, a very busy time at work, and football season, I’ve been reading a bit less than I have in months prior. This month...
  • ICYMI: Some Recent Happenings
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    September was a busy month of podcasts and writing about my work in the higher education space. Check out my most recent happenings below. Early morning before sunrise in Alta, Utah on October 3rd, 20...
  • September Reading Roundup
    30 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    September has felt like a battle to get my reading in, with me struggling to get even these four books finished, two of which were audio. Grinnell was basically the size of two books and at times a bi...
  • The Potential of Adjuncts to Enhance Student Education
    21 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    You’ve heard professionals lament that what students are learning in the classroom has little connection to the knowledge they actually need on the job. You’ve heard college presidents promise to alig...
  • Good Teaching Principles are Practiced Everywhere
    18 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Anyone who is familiar with my work knows how passionately I believe in the impact of good teaching on student’s experiences in the classroom. Although learning can certainly happen in the absence of ...
  • August Reading Roundup
    31 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 0 2
    August has been a very busy month with classes starting, research work, and taking two camping trips (currently very much OOO right now!) I had not expected I would have had much time to read, yet I m...
  • My New Course on Infancy and Child Development
    24 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    The fall semester is upon us. And with it comes great uncertainty, debate, and confusion. After more than a year online, many campuses are charging ahead with in person classes – mine included. I am n...
  • What Did Students Think About Online Learning Last Year?
    11 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    In my role as a research scientist for the College Innovation Network (CIN), I’ve come to learn how important the student voice is for both understanding and improving students’ learning experiences. ...
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