Week 4 Teaching Tips

Hello Faculty,

Welcome to week 4!  This email will contain tips for checking in with students at this point in the semester.

Do you want to go back to something in a previous Teaching Tips?  All of these are archived on our web site through the News link, and the link is always in our email signature line.  (https://mctcctl.wordpress.com/)

Do you wonder which services Public Safety offers for faculty? 
See safetytipsCTL.

Do you want new ways to check in with your students?  Include a short writing assignment asking them one or more of the following.

  • What is most unclear so far in the class, and how do you plan to clarify it before the next test/assignment?
  • How do you plan to study for the next test?  OR What is your plan to complete the first assignment/paper?
  • How was the first test similar or different than you expected?
  • Which study strategies have been most effective so far?
  • How do you plan to improve your score on the next assignment/test?
  • What is keeping you from performing as you had hoped in this class?  Which strategies can you use to overcome this or future barriers?
  • How many hours do you spend on this class each week?  Do you think this is too much or too little time?  Why or why not?

Are your students asking for a study guide or review session?  Have them create study guides as assignments or in class.  You can set specific or general parameters (e.g., 1 page per chapter).  Having students share these with other students can help them see new ways to approach material.  Collecting them can provide you with feedback about what their study skills and what they are picking out as important, and provide you with an opportunity to give them feedback on their study strategies.

Are your students asking about policies that are in your syllabus?  Consider having a syllabus quiz or adding syllabus questions to class tests or adding a syllabus assignment or scavenger hunt.  This might focus on policies about upcoming or recent assignments and tests (e.g., late and make-up policies).

Do you want more feedback on your classes? 
Request a 5 & 5 Assessment for one of your classes where a CTL consultant will lead your students through an activity to create a list of 5 things for you to keep doing and 5 things to improve.  You can read more about it here on our website.  If you are ready to make your 5 &5 request, please complete the 5 & 5 request form by Friday, October 24th.

Have you considered holding more interactive online meetings or office hours?  If so, Adobe Connect is a perfect tool.  Available to you for free through MnSCU, students/participants need no special software, just access to the web and the information to join you in your room (optionally, you could encourage microphones and webcams to have a more interactive experience).  Adobe Connect allows you to web conference, share files and your desktop, and even conduct an interactive class experience.  Contact the DRL for more information (DRL@minneapolis.edu)

Do you have students who have not been attending?  See the 9/3 email from Jeanne Maanum for reporting a student’s last date of attendance (LDA).

Accidentally entered LDA or have students with spring or summer incomplete grades?  See the 9/8 email from Jeanne Maanum.

Do you want to use the Testing Center for Instructor-arranged Testing this semester?  See the 9/5 email from Kristy Snyder.

Do you want more resources?  The latest issue of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching is now available through MCTC’s journal subscriptions here.  This is a special double issue focusing on Small-Group Learning in Higher Education—Cooperative, Collaborative, Problem-Based, and Team-Based Learning. The issue’s articles outline key characteristics and important similarities and differences among these group instructional methods. They accomplish these goals through two synthesis articles, three articles on cooperative learning, three on collaborative learning, three on problem-based learning, and three on team-based learning. This is the first time that all four of these approaches have been brought together for in-depth comparison and contrast in a book-length publication.

Do you want to provide input for faculty-development programming? 
We will meet in T2000 (The CTL Resource Room behind the coffee stand) from 2-3:30 on Monday 9/22, 10/27, 11/24, 12/8.

Do you want more faculty-development activities? 

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