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First Steps in Backwards Course Design

June 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“In order for instruction to be both meaningful and measurable, it is important that instructors begin their course/curriculum design process with outlining the course level student learning outcomes,” writes Vicki Caruana, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York, in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Caruana outlines steps […]

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Call for Applications: POD Conference Grant for Grad Students and Postdocs

June 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Are you a graduate student or postdoc who is interested in a career in educational development or as teaching faculty? Do you work with graduate and professional students and postdocs who may be interested in these careers? The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network’s Special Interest Group in Graduate student, Professional student, and Postdoctoral fellow […]

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How to Implement Handheld Technology During Lectures

June 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Many faculty and staff incorporate handheld technology into lectures, or apps on smartphones and tablets that are meant to draw students into discussion and help them actively engage with the material. However, some teachers overlook key steps in implementing technology in the classroom. A recent Faculty Focus article gives tips for incorporating handheld technology during lectures. The […]

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Ten Helpful Grouping Techniques for the Classroom

June 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are ten easy ways to group students in the classroom to facilitate conversations and encourage diverse perspectives, Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Noah, associate professor in the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education program at Azusa Pacific University, writes in a recent blog post on The Scholarly Teacher. In the post, Noah gives techniques for putting students into informal groups for […]

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Tackling Job Interviews at Teaching-Centered Colleges

June 13, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Many candidates for faculty positions at teaching-centered colleges encounter during interviews the question, “What is your five-year plan?” A recent advice column in The Chronicle of Higher Education gives tips for answering this question. First, it’s important to do your homework and determine where the school is on the spectrum of research and teaching, writes Karen Kelsky, […]

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Students’ Perspective on Inclusive Teaching

June 10, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Students can offer good perspective on inclusive teaching, which involves creating welcoming educational environments for diverse learners. Ayat Husseini and Anna DeVault, two undergraduates who co-authored a recent pedagogical article with faculty (Cook-Sather et al. 2014; Cook-Sather and Felten 2017) offer their perspective on inclusive teaching in a recent Faculty Focus story. “One of the […]

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Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (EBIT) Workshop for Postdocs and New Faculty

June 10, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (EBIT) is a one-week student-centered learning experience from CIRTL at CU Boulder where post-docs and new faculty develop curricula for STEM college classrooms using evidence-based teaching methods. Participants apply research principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development. Relevant literature on evidence-based teaching techniques will be […]

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High-Impact Practices in Teaching

June 5, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Research has shown that high-impact teaching practices greatly benefit students, but there are many barriers that prevent these practices from being applied in the classroom, writes Richard F. Vaz, professor of interdisciplinary and global studies and director of the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in a recent Inside Higher Ed op-ed. In the […]

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Job Opportunity: Teaching Center Orientation Workshop Facilitator

June 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Teaching Center is seeking a graduate student or postdoc to work with our team to facilitate a Foundations in Teaching workshop during the Graduate Student Teaching Orientation in August 2019. The Foundations in Teaching workshops are designed to introduce participants who are new to teaching at the college level to evidence-based teaching strategies that […]

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How to Improve Class Discussions

May 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

Effective classroom discussions result from careful planning on the part of the instructor, writes Jay Howard, professor of sociology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, in a recent story in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Howard in the article shares tips for creating better class discussions including how to […]

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