There is currently an Educator proposal in Area 51 but it seems that a good portion of the work of many academics is teaching.

Is is appropriate to ask questions about pedagogy and student teaching/learning on this site?

  • One element of teaching is how to give a proper presentation. Elements of how to do so have previously also been discussed at TeX.SE.
    – gerrit
    Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 9:36
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    Given the up votes to the question and eykanal's answer, should we edit the on topic page to clarify that pedagogy is on topic. I bring this up given how quickly we migrated away cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/5395/… as "off-topic".
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 16:21
  • @DanielE.Shub - Great idea, and I just noticed that I have the ability to modify the FAQ myself. I added a line to the FAQ, let me know what you think.
    – eykanal
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 16:56

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Good question, I would say that pedagogy questions relating to the following would be on-topic:

  • curriculum development for university courses
  • curriculum/textbook recommendations for university courses
  • techniques for presentation of material in university courses
  • graduate students asking whether a particular course would be helpful for their research
  • graduate students suggesting which courses to take as electives to help further their research

On a similar vein, the following would be off-topic:

  • anything related to non-university courses
  • students asking for help with specific courses
  • discipline issues

That's all I can think of, I'd love to see what others come up with.

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    That about sums my thoughts, too.
    – aeismail
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 19:23
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    Why are discipline issues, as they arise in a college setting, off topic? EG: "I am teaching a 30 person calculus course, mostly freshman, which involves a lot of groupwork and discussion. I am glad that my students are eager to engage with each other, but I have trouble getting them to return attention to the board when I need to lecture again. How can I get them to make this transition more efficiently?" Seems on topic to me. Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 11:45
  • @DavidSpeyer - Without further context, that seems on-topic to me, but this comment thread is not the place for this discussion. Why don't you make a new meta post and include a link to any relevant question?
    – eykanal
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 12:30

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