Week 12 Teaching Tips

Welcome to week 12 and the arrival of spring-like weather!  Hopefully the sunshine and warmer temps have added energy to your days.

Textbook orders and software requests for fall semester are due on April 15th.  As you know, textbooks can be expensive, not read by students, etc.  Join us TODAY for the next installment of our Talking About Teaching series where we are having an information, drop-in conversation about textbooks.  We will meet in T1500 from 3:45-5.  We have invited faculty members who have created their own materials, used free materials, and order custom books.  Gary Westerland from the bookstore will join us to discuss options to save money for students.  Join us to see how you can save money for students and pick the materials that best support your course goals and outcomes.

There’s an app for that.  The D2L Assignment Grader app allows a faculty to download Dropbox assignments from students, comment and grade offline, and then will upload feedback and grades when the faculty is next connected to the internet.  Also, the D2L Binder app can be good for faculty and students in that you can download and view Content from a course at any time.  Speaking of apps, the CTL has some iPads for check out over the summer.  See our recent email for guidelines to submit a request.

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: (4) View their own teaching as part of the larger context of the educational efforts of their institution and discipline.  We would be happy to help you explore ways that external and internal situational factors affect your program and courses. 

Looking for additional local or online faculty-development opportunities?

Previous listings

  • 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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