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Lori Reese

About Lori Reese

Lori Reese is a writer and an educator with 20 years of experience in higher education teaching.

Recent articles by Lori Reese

Textbook Wisdom: What Do You Lose Without the Required Texts?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 17, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Given the careening cost of higher education, it might be tempting to cut required texts from your syllabus in order to help students save money. If you’ve been teaching a while, you likely have ample resources for giving lectures, assigning homework and conducting assessments. However, if you eliminate the opportunity for students to engage with a text, you eliminate more than an expense. You deprive students of the ability to develop one of our most fundamental skills — reading — in your class.

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Helping Your Most At-Risk Students

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

They’re not asking for handouts. Most have one or two jobs, many have children and many spent their youth in foster care. All are in school, working to improve their lives. Many have insecure housing and food situations — or they are hungry and homeless altogether. Few receive government assistance. They are students who need help.

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Textbook Wisdom: What Can You Learn from a Textbook Manager?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 11, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Administrators and academics differ on a host of topics, but, politics aside, you know there are a lot of non-faculty on campus you appreciate. Without the department office manager, you would be stuck laboring over a copy machine more hours than you’d like. Without a well-staffed counseling center, you would have nowhere to send students in need of emotional support. Without advisors, your students would be even more confused about their path to graduation, especially at a large university where the bureaucracy is complex. An official school bookstore textbook manager is an oft-overlooked member of the administration who deserves your appreciation.

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What Can the Right LMS Do for Student Success?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Love them or hate them: Learning management systems are here to stay.

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OER by the Numbers

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 3, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Get the definitive guide to open educational resources.

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Why Now? The Adoption Answers You Need for Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 28, 2018 5:31:00 AM

It’s a distraction, an onerous bit of red tape or just an abstract requirement that seems out-of-step with classroom reality: Your earnest early-adoption notice ends up deleted, routed to junk mail or ignored because faculty don’t understand why you’re sending requests out so early.  If you want teachers to cooperate with the official bookstore schedule, it’s critical to anticipate their questions, understand confusion and offer succinct, concrete answers.

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Textbook Wisdom: Do Your Students Know the Value of Books?

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 15, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Looking back, the things I told students about the value of books were way too abstract. When I was a teacher, I didn’t realize that the cost of course materials had soared in recent years. I didn’t know many students opted out of buying required books altogether. I thought they simply believed they could do well in an English class without reading — and I had all kinds of theories about why they dismissed reading assigned literature as unimportant. In some ways, I might have been right, but, in others, I was flat-out wrong.

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Is the Tenure System Good for Education?

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 8, 2018 5:30:00 AM

The academic world is rife with speculation that the time-honored tenure system may be reaching its end. Many scholars and educators regard this as a tragic result of hiring trends that put former CEOs and corporate execs at the helm of major universities. To outsiders, the tenure system — which guarantees lifelong employment — can seem charmingly antiquated at best. At worst, it interferes with an institution’s ability to maintain solvency, serve students and recruit young, ambitious scholars. Why not discard tenure altogether? The question goes right to the heart of your school’s beliefs about the purpose institutions of higher education serve.

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Should Your School Invest in Better Wellness Programs?

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

The short answer: Yes. Research shows stellar fitness facilities and school wellness programs attract students and entice them to stay. Kids entering college now are more health conscious than ever. Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2010 — has been targeted with public health campaigns detailing the horrors of obesity from a young age. They won’t want to attend a college that will derail efforts at good health begun in high school or earlier.

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3 Powerful Online Bookstore Metrics You Absolutely Need

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 28, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Teachers may debate the usefulness of quantitative assessment, but for those engaged with the financial side of education, there’s no doubt: Data matters.

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