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Talk About Teaching | How Teaching Online Improved Face to Face Teaching and Writing High Quality Assessments

If you missed the last two Talk About Teaching presentations in the library on November 11 & 12 you can view them with the links below and in the Talk About Teaching Series in the Bethel Digital Library.

Brooks How I Became a Better Teacher

How I Became a Better Teacher, Period, By Teaching Online

Dr. Susan Brooks discussed how her experience taking the Teaching and Learning Technology online course to become a better distance instructor resulted in something she didn’t expect – becoming a better face-to-face teacher. She shared her surprises and insights with some ideas for other instructors to try.


Writing High Quality Traditional Assessment Items

Dr. Jay Rasmussen shared ways to get valid and reliable assessment information from your quizzes, tests, and exams. He focused on five themes:

  1. general principles of effective assessment,
  2. validity and reliability,
  3. appropriates uses of traditional assessment,
  4. typical problems with instructor-made tests, and
  5. avoiding common clues for the test-wise student.

Both presentations are co-sponsored by Faculty Development & Friends of the BU Library.

Study Abroad Contest Winners

One of my favorite things to upload into the Digital Library at Bethel is the study abroad contest photos. It’s fascinating getting to peak into the fantastic experiences students have as they travel to all parts of the world. If you have you not had a chance to swing by the International Studies office to check out the winners of this year’s photography contest, we’ve just added the Fall 2014 winners to the Beyond Bethel collection.

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Ostrich Farm at Sunset by Kaelyn White

Ostrich Farm at Sunset by Kaelyn White


House in the Alps by Nathan Hultgren

House in the Alps by Nathan Hultgren


Researching is AWESOME.


Let’s face it–there are a lot of Master Researchers who come to the library.

It seems like, without even thinking, they can grab a couple concordances, run a JSTOR search, skim a few journal articles, and before you can even blink they’ve created an original, ten page research paper (on SPACESHIPS!).

You?  You’re just an ordinary Researcher.  You follow all the assignment Instructions, you are polite, always return a compliment, purchase overpriced coffee, and listen to popular music.  You don’t think your ideas are very special.  Well… except for that one time…

A bunch of your friends were coming over to watch TV.  But your couch wasn’t big enough for all of your friends, so you thought to yourself…what if there were such a thing as a bunk bed… but as a couch?  The double-decker couch!

Yeah–not the best idea ever.  But still pretty awesome!

Every year in the library, an award is offered–an award that will go to the most important, most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe.  Many Master Researchers try to claim the prize–but this award will go to, perhaps, the most unlikely of researchers…

Are you The Special?

Even if you’ve only had one original idea, it could be the one the Library Research Prize is looking for.  Give it a shot!  Submit your work, write a quick essay about your process, and see what happens.  You could win $250!

Applications are being accepted until Feburary 15, 2015.  For more information and to submit your application, visit

Researching is Awesome!