As part of an ongoing series of short essays on the Teaching & Learning Community Blog, two new pieces are ready to satisfy your core curriculum curiosity. Steve Mayer, chemistry, writes about the many ways chemistry classes contribute to the broader goals of a liberal arts education (while also fulfilling those pesky science requirements), and Heather Carpenter, environmental studies, writes about ways in which classes such as “Science of the Sustainable Gourmet” do the same.
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What do you do (or what CAN you do) when a student stops showing up to class? From a recent brownbag conversation on the topic, the Teaching and Learning Collaborative compiled concrete, specific suggestions from the Shepard Academic Resource Center, the Care Team and faculty colleagues.
Big takeaways: follow through on attendance policies in your syllabus (changing them out of sympathy does no one any favors); let students know, in word and email, that you noticed they were gone and that you’d like to help them get back on track; don’t shy away from alerting the Care Team (via Early Alert) when a student misses a week of class without explanation. A lucky list of thirteen strategies and insights from that brownbag session are gathered in this 2-page document.
Think-Pair-Share is a classic way to improve equity and engagement in the classroom, according to Carolyn James, mathematics. Students think about a prompt individually, discuss their ideas in pairs, and the instructor leads a discussion as student share their ideas with the whole class. Think-Pair-Share can easily be extended; consider having students write during think time (even in a STEM class) or using technology (like polling software) to share ideas more equitably. In particular, Dr. Derek Bruff recommends Think-Pair-Share-Analyze, in which students make sense of, compare, and evaluate the ideas shared by their classmates. Read more about Think-Pair-Share in Dr. Bruff’s blog, Agile Learning.
When you add a link on your Moodle course page to an article in a library database or to a streaming video, how can you tell if the link will work for students connecting from off-campus? Most library databases offer the option to obtain a persistent or stable URL for individual articles or videos, and many of those persistent URLs are automatically set up to connect through the library’s off-campus access system. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and unfortunately not all library resources provide an easy, off-campus-friendly URL for specific items. Check out the library’s Linking to Online Resources from Moodle web page for tips on finding persistent links to content within your favorite library resources, and for indications of which resources offer grab-and-go friendly links ready to be added to Moodle, and which links need a quick-and-easy edit (with instructions provided) to work from off-campus.
If you have questions about linking to library content from Moodle, or other library-related matters, contact Stephanie Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org or x7418.
With some extended breaks coming up in the next two months, faculty may have more time to do professional reading than the usual academic schedule allows. There’s a boatload of scholarship on effective teaching strategies for college teachers of every discipline, with more on the way all the time. One of UP’s rock star librarians, Heidi Senior, compiled this very helpful list of extended resources, helpfully clustered by type of medium: website, news service, book, and table of content subscription service. Click here for a list that manages to be both succinct and comprehensive. Then pour yourself a cup of coffee and do some exploring.
Election season is upon us, and the airwaves are full of conversations and commercials seeking to influence your vote. Take a break from the election chatter to learn about a different type of voting: interactive polling as a teaching tool. Interested in learning more? Check out this week’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative blog post to read about integrating Poll Everywhere into classroom instruction to increase participation and seek quick feedback to assess student learning.
For more information contact Stephanie Michel, library, at email@example.com.
Why do all UP students take an English course, regardless of their professional aims? This week on the Teaching & Learning Blog, English chair Lars Erik Larson details how ENG 112 works within UP’s Core program. This is the second essay in Core Matters, a year-long series started by Andrew Guest that offer a discipline-by-discipline explanation of our University’s existing core curriculum.
Happy New Year, academic-style, from the Teaching & Learning Collaborative, a loose conglomerate of twelve educators from across campus who strive to collect and coordinate resources and initiatives that support the superb teaching at the core of our shared mission. In every issue of upbeat, you’ll find access to a resource (reading, video, RFP) meant to inspire you and to be consumed in the time it takes you to savor a Coke Zero right there at your desk. All of these tips are archived at the Teaching and Learning Hub. This week’s tip is an 8-minute guided tour of this peer-developed, comprehensive resource. Click here for the tour or here to explore the hub on your own.
This week’s post to the Teaching and Learning Collaborative blog concerns a topic not every professor finds comfortable: boundaries, and not the dotted lines you see around countries on a map. Why are boundaries important? Where does your responsibility as a professor begin and end? What are the signs that you need a boundary adjustment? Answers to those questions and more can be found in this article on the TLC blog.
For more information contact Zachary Simmons, psychological sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s pedagogy book title for the College of Arts and Sciences annual reading was Make it Stick: the Science of Successful Learning (Brown/Roediger/McDaniel, 2014). Lars Larson, English, would like to know: If you were among the participants, did the book’s methods “to learn better and remember longer” actually stick? Whether you are new to the book or not, Larson provides a quick overview of its lessons in a recent Teaching and Learning blog post.
For more information contact Larson at email@example.com.