Week 11 Teaching Tips

Did you know that the Library subscribes to a number of publications that may be of interest to faculty. One of them is called the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and its latest edition is all about Civic Engagement: http://mctproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://celt.muohio.edu/ject/

Since registration is open for summer and fall, think about including some discussion or writing in your class about what students plan to do after your class is over.  For example, you could have them do a 1-minute paper with a prompt such as “what questions do you have about future courses or furthering your education” then respond to each or to the class as a whole.  You could also have them discuss this with their classmates which could give them an opportunity to recommend classes or instructors.

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 analysis by Dee Fink.  For attitudes and perspectives: (1) continuously evaluate own teaching – they close the loop in their evaluation (i.e., they use feedback to change and improve what they do) rather than a quick glance at student evaluations, “How’d I do this time?”  How can you improve this in your classes?  We would be happy to help you plan ways to take the pulse in your classes to improve the experience for you and your students. 

Looking for additional local or online faculty-development opportunities?

  • April 10, May 28, Sept. 23, and Oct. 15Food, Justice and Health Equity: A Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series.  Free webinars from the American Public Health Association, National Public Health Week, and Healthy Food Healthy Action. MORE
  • April 10, 2:00-3:00 – Between January and May 2014, a virtual reading group is discussing pieces related to the theme of the 2014 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit. Anyone at a Campus Compact member institution is welcome to participate in one or more of these free calls. Please register at least a week in advance at http://www.midwestengagementsummit.org/reading-group.html to receive the article and call-in number. The April discussion of Byron P. White’s article “Power, Privilege, and the Public: The Dynamics of Community-University Collaboration” will be led by Mary McManus, Assistant Director of the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • April 17, 3:30-5:30 – Final colloquium of the year in UM’s Postsecondary Teaching and Learning Engaging Pedagogies series. MnSCU faculty cordially invited, as always. The session “will explore asset-based (compared to needs-based) community assessment and development, [and] social change-based (compared to social service-based) community engagement.”  Maroon and Gold Room, McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesThe event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • June 16-17 – Austin, MN.  A cross-discipline conference focused on increasing civic learning in STEM courses.  If you would like to go, contact the CTL as we are trying to put together a team for this inexpensive conference.  For more information: http://www.riverland.edu/sencer/
  • September 28-29 – St. Cloud State University.  Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.  This summit co-sponsored by Minnesota Campus Compact, AASCU’s American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment will be open to individuals or teams from any interested campus in Minnesota. A planning committee has begun developing the agenda, and an invitation with more information will be sent soon to presidents, provosts, and civic engagement contacts most likely to consider participating. hear from national and local leaders, including George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. With any questions or to express interest in participating and/or presenting a session, please contact Julie Plaut.
  • October 16–18 – Downtown Minneapolis.  Global Learning in College: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st-Century College Students.  A Network for Academic Renewal Conference.  Proposals Due Tuesday, April 22.  For more information: http://www.aacu.org/meetings/global/14/index.cfm
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