Faculty Colloquium Tuesday, Oct. 30: Dr. Teri Stein & Dr. Josh Jones

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For our second faculty colloquium of the year, Dr. Teri Stein and Dr. Josh Jones will review recent accomplishments in longtime research.

From a ten-year journey, Dr. Stein will impart insights regarding best practices when teaching, communicating with and listening to students from China and South Korea who have chosen to attend schools in the United States. In particular, she will address classroom management, mentoring strategies, family expectations, servant leadership, and becoming a “listening teacher.”

Dr. Jones will present “The Grungier Side of Scholarship,” describing his work as a contributing author for a series of music textbooks published by Clifton Hills Press. With the support of a scholarship from the Surbeck Summer Research Program, in summer 2018, he completed his first project of writing a chapter for POP MUSIC, USA on 90s grunge music.

In preparation for the colloquium, Dr. Stein asks that you watch the one-minute video below, which captures ideas and concepts that will be addressed during the presentation. Dr. Jones reminds you that, for his portion of the colloquium, flannels and cynicism are optional.

The program begins at 11:00 AM in HAWAC 221 and refreshments will be served.

Experts in the Art of Referral: a.k.a. Faculty Advisers

 

Next Arrows Note Direction Opposed To RightAs most colleges have reached midterms, it may be helpful (and necessary) for professors to dust off their adviser hat and remember how important it is to reach out to students who are struggling–academically, or otherwise. This good article in the Chronicle reminds us of the broad, and broadening, role of faculty advisers, as “experts in the art of referral, … [who] know where on their campus a student should go and whom they should see for health, housing, career, financial-aid, work-study, campus security, and other problems.”

What Will Your Students Remember in Twenty Years?

Although sometimes it feels like it’s enough to plan for what our students will (hopefully) remember for the final exam, truly aspirational professors look far beyond, to what our students will remember when they reach mid-life. This article from Chronicle Vitae considers what is most valuable about our teaching: sometimes an approach to learning, passion for the subject, or big-picture thinking, rather than disciplinary content. The question can also animate a different way to approach our syllabi, as we reach far into the future in an exercise in way-back, backwards design. Read on for more on this intriguing way to think about student learning, and how to frame our teaching.

Survival Skills

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Educators are increasingly interested in ensuring that their students know more than subject-area content, but that they are also well-skilled in what some people call “soft skills” and Tony Wagner (Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute) calls “survival skills:”

  • critical thinking & problem solving
  • collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  • agility and adaptability
  • initiative and entrepreneurship
  • effective oral and written communication
  • accessing and analyzing information
  • curiosity and imagination

How are you encouraging your students to develop these skills within your disciplinary coursework? Do they have effective ways to show them to future employers?

Read more here.

Faculty Colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 25: Dr. Sharon Kim & Dr. Jeff Henderson

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Our first faculty colloquium of the year will showcase strikingly diverse sabbatical reports from Dr. Sharon Kim and Dr. Jeff Henderson.

Dr. Kim will discuss “interim” projects comprising a wide array of subjects, quite literally spanning the globe, from early twentieth-century aestheticians to twenty-first century cinema. All have been accepted for publication or conference presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch Dr. Kim squeeze several years of research into a 20-minute presentation.

From breadth to depth, our second presentation will be the results of Dr. Henderson’s sabbatical research, “Molecular Genetic Analysis of Rbm45/Drbp1: Genomic Structure, Expression, and Evolution.” The full summary, as authored by Dr. Henderson is included here.

The program begins at 11:00 AM in HAWAC 221. Refreshments will be served.

Refresh & Reset

Updating your classes for the new semester? Check out these resources for suggestions on classroom activities and expanding online options:

For classroom activities:

“Active Learning” (Cynthia J. Brame, PhD, CFT Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University)

6-page article with theory, evidence, examples and advice.

Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning (Item II; Dee Fink & Associates)

Lengthy (35-page) guide for multi-step process of integrated course design; significant pedagogical background above and beyond its focus.

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (Flash Version), hosted by Iowa State University

Not your thesis advisor’s Bloom’s. Updated, three-dimensional, and animated: cross-reference “knowledge dimension” and “cognitive process dimension” to reveal learning objectives. Menu links to lots of other interesting material from the Iowa State Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. 

Tips for “Teaching Naked” (José Antonio Bowen)

Summary from Bowen’s popular and well-regarded book.

“What is Inkshedding?” (Russell Hunt, St. Thomas University)

Development of “freewriting” technique that aims to give writing a “social role” in the classroom; a practice that encourages student engagement in writing by ensuring their expectation of an audience.

For newsletters, archives, courses, blogs and groups:

ABLConnect

Online database of active learning practices hosted by Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, including activities, lessons, projects, video tutorials, links to tech resources, and downloadable materials.

Edublogs

Huge educational blogging network, related to WordPress. Free hosting for course blogs with lots of cool features (cooler still if you pay $40/year).

Emerging Ed Tech

Weblog with diverse articles on technology as an instructional tool.

Faculty Focus

Collection of articles on strategies for teaching of all stripes: traditional classroom pedagogy, online, flipped, blended, etc.

Michelle Miller, PhD

Blog by prof from Northern Arizona University and author of books on teaching with technology.

Pedagogy Unbound

Website of University of Iowa professor David Gooblar that collects teaching tips and practical strategies by college teachers from all disciplines. 

Reacting to the Past

The famous project out of Barnard College, wherein students learn by running classes in which they take on roles in elaborate games set in the past.

Using Technology Outside of the Classroom

Overview of the basics for using email, Twitter, Facebook, online discussions, and virtual offices to free time in face-to-face classes–and how to maximize use of that freed-up time. One page of many comprising the online face of the Centre for Enhanced Teaching & Learning at the University of New Brunswick. 

For online content in many disciplines:

Educator.com

Merlot

MIT Open CourseWare

Open Education Consortium

TED-Ed

Udacity

Do you know of a resource that should be added to this list? Please leave a description of it in the comments. Thanks!