Week 10 Teaching Tips

CTL Talking about Teaching: Teaching with iPads and other Mobile Technologies

Drop in to T2160 between 10:30am-11:30am to share your use of iPads and other mobile devices in the classroom.  Those new to using these devices are also welcome to join and share your ideas for how to engage students and build community. Maran Wolston (PHIL Faculty) will facilitate.

Do you have your students completing a big project that is due later in the semester?  You could point them to the Assignment Planner that is available through the MCTC Library web site.  The Assignment Planner is a time-management tool. Students can use it to create a number of steps with deadlines for their projects and can also set up e-mail reminders to help keep them on task. There is a link from the main library web page: http://library.minneapolis.edu/ , and the direct link is: http://libresearch.minneapolis.edu/assignmentcalc/

Teaching more than one section of a summer class?  You can have your D2L course shells merged.  The students from the two classes appear as groups, so you can do things (e.g., enter grades, restrict discussions) for the whole class or for each session.  Email the Service Desk to request the merge (include the course number and title, e.g., 20151000204 – Physiology Lab 2225 31).  You will want to do this before you add anything to the course shell.

Want to know how things are going in your classes?  Request that a CTL Consultant come into your class to lead students through an activity to give you a list of 5 things to keep doing and 5 suggestions for improvement by going to this 5&5 Request Form.  We have a new timeline and process for 5&5s this semester, and this is the last week to request a 5&5 until fall semester.

What do the best college teachers do?

Ken Bain studied over 100 college teachers over 15 years to answer that question and wrote this up in the book “What the Best College Teachers Do” (available in the CTL library).  Last semester, we examined each of Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.  This semester, we will examine themes in Bain’s book from an anlysis by Dee Fink.  For attitides and perspectices: (1) attitude toward students (a) trust and (b) never blame the students for problems (for example, don’t say “students today just aren’t…”, or “you have to force students to work hard.”  How can you improve this in your classes, thoughts, and conversations?  

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