Welcome to Week 14! We hope this short week is filled with thanks, safe travels, good food, family, friends, shopping, catching up, rest, or whatever you choose to do for the long weekend. This email includes a list of ideas to develop a community learners as suggestions for for our exploration of good teaching and culturally responsive and competent educators.
How can I develop a community of learner?
- Use cooperative learning strategies for group work to help your groups be more balanced and effective by including five essential elements: http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/cooperative/whatis.html (see Week 3 Teaching Tips for more information and resources)
- Choose activities that allow ALL students to participate each day. For example, before asking the entire class to respond to a prompt, first have students discuss in pairs.
- Mix up your students during class by counting off or by using playing cards, colored candy such as Starbursts, or colored paper.
- Have students use effective group study methods during class to model what they can do outside of class.
- Encourage students to exchange phone numbers or email address as they feel comfortable doing so.
- Include activities on the first day of class. We have previously sent articles including ideas and will send them again for the start of next semester.
What is good teaching?
Last year, we used the Teaching Tips to go through Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education and Ken Bain’s book “What the Best College Teachers Do” (based on Dee Fink’s summary). At the May all-faculty session, we reviewed these summaries and introduced a table of “Common characteristics of culturally responsive and competent educators.” In each of the remaining Teaching Tips emails this semester, we will focus on one of the six parts of the table and look the overlap between these three documents. We will then look at ways in which we can improve our courses this semester and as we look forward to future semesters based on these summaries.
|Common characteristics of culturally responsive & competent educators||7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education||What the Best College Teachers Do|
|Developing a Learning Community Among Students:
“A climate of inclusion, respect, connect, and caring is fostered in the school and the classroom. Interpersonal relationships are build and fostered, and a learning community culture is developed.”
See above for ideas to help with this.
- Archives of Brightspace/D2L on course design, gaming, using D2L tools, engaging students, etc.: https://community.brightspace.com/tlc/wiki/2014_webinar_archives
Thursdays, 12:45-1:15 pm in Library Breathing Room, Atma Jyotih Sangha with Jennifer Mason
- Webinars from Brightspace/D2L on Game-Based Learning, other topics: http://www.brightspace.com/events/webinars?elq=942b634d2cdf477a8dc47625e370809a&elqCampaignId=694
- Thursday, December 4, noon-1 pm: free webinar on Leveraging D2L Discuss Board to Engage Your Students (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/minnesota-online-quality-initiative-7290950883)
- Dec. 5, 2014 from 9:00 – 4:00 face-to-face Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) session at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, MN (http://minnesota.qualitymatters.org/)
- Monday, December 8, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
- Friday, December 12: Talk About Teaching 3:30-4:30 in T2000 and topic TBA, Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, MCTC Winter Concert 7:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 6: Improving your online course (Northwest Tech, Bemidji): http://minnesota.qualitymatters.org/workshops/
- January 27 – February 9: Quality Matters Rubric course (online): http://minnesota.qualitymatters.org/workshops/
- Friday, February 13: Quality Matters Rubric course (Rochester CTC): http://minnesota.qualitymatters.org/workshops/
- March 17-30: Quality Matters Rubric course (online): http://minnesota.qualitymatters.org/workshops/
- March 26-28, San Diego, Diversity Learning and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusion Excellence
- April (TBD): D2L Ignite