There has been a great deal of interest in learner-centered teaching in the past 20 years, beginning with Barr and Tagg’s (1995) article on the shift from the Instruction Paradigm to the Learning Paradigm in higher education. While there are several aspects to the Learning Paradigm, the emphasis is on construction of the learning environment to produce learning in all students, to elicit student discovery and construction of knowledge, student control of the learning process, active and collaborative learning techniques and processes.
Since then, many educators have been using learner-centered approaches. Maryellen Weimer from Magna Publications (2012) suggested that there are five basic characteristics to learner-centered teaching.
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The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an “international community of experts in educational technology -from the practitioners who work with new technology on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the advisory boards and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research”.
This semester, the NMC is hosting a free webinar series called NMC on the Horizon. These events are scheduled at 9:00 am on Wednesday mornings, but you will need to set up an account with NMC (Chadron State College holds an institutional membership).
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Tuesday September 2 11:00 in Library 108 (Graves Room in Lower Level of the Library) Meeting with Pat Beu, Cheryl Butler and Frances Gonzales
Pat Beu, Senior Director of Student Affairs, will meet with new faculty members to discuss several processes related to student services.
Please bring your own lunch or stop by the Library Learning Commons Coffee Shop to grab something before you come.
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The term “high impact practices” has been part of the higher education landscape since Kuh described these practices in 2008. These practices are tools that campuses can use to help students succeed in college, often by making connections across diverse aspects of college experience.
High impact practices include
- First Year Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity and Global Learning
- Service Learning/Community Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects
If you have taken the QM Rubric Update Course, you might have noticed that there have been some changes in how people access the full version of the rubric with annotations. The QM Rubric is copyrighted, so the Teaching and Learning Center cannot distribute full copies of the rubric. Quality Matters is also protecting the short list version of the standards, and requires that it not be copied or distributed. Quality Matters recommends that people access the rubric through the online Course Review System and other login protected sites. This process encourages you to use the rubric in the process of course reviews, but you can also use it as a place to make your own notes during course development.
In order to access the Course Review System, please follow these steps:
- On the Quality Matters website, first log in to MyQM https://www.qualitymatters.org/ (note – this is not the main QM login but has the same password).
- Then select Higher Education from the top tabs.
- From the left side, select My Tools.
- Select Course Review System from the menu.
- Self Start a Self Review. (In the Self Review process, the annotations for each standard will be available as popups.
Jumpstart: Policies and Procedures for New Faculty
Tuesday August 26 11:00 am Library 108 (Graves Room in lower level of Library Learning Commons
This session will have an associated online discussion
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As many of you know Quality Matters released an update to their rubric on August 1. There is a free rubric update course which focuses on the differences between the 2011-2013 Rubric and the Fifth Edition 2014 Rubric. This is a short course which take approximately 3 hours to complete. You can register for this course through your My QM account. To do so, login to My QM, choose the Higher Education tab, select Workshop – Register, then select Register for Rubric Update.
If you hold a role with Quality Matters (e.g. Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, or Certified Facilitator), you are required to complete the Rubric Update by November 14, 2014 to maintain your role. It is recommended that everyone complete the Rubric Update to stay current. I’ll be contacting those individuals who might wish to make sure their roles remain active.
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The Teaching and Learning Center Library (previously located in Old Admin 316) is moving to the library. This will be a special collection available for checkout by faculty members. Pam Newberg in the Library Learning Commons has been working to catalog materials so they will be ready for checkout. Several of these books are currently available near the LLC Coffee Shop, and can currently be found in the library book catalog with prefix TLC.
If you still have materials checked out, you may be hearing from the Teaching and Learning Center soon – we’d like to get the resources in a place where they are available to other faculty members soon.
The beginning of the semester is here, and we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know about classroom updates that have taken place during the summer, based on the Classroom Refresh Project. Several of the older computers have been replaced, as well as older projectors. Document cameras were replaced with smaller versatile software-based cameras which have the same functionality of outdated equipment. These cameras provide additional capabilities and are very simple to operate. Older projectors have been replaced in many rooms. In Old Admin, the obsolete and unsupported control systems have been removed from classrooms, simplifying the classroom setup to a more standard model across campus. In many cases, older sound systems have been replaced with a simplified model.
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Sakai for Newbies and New Features in Sakai
You have been hearing from Bryant about the changes in Sakai, which have to do with the way that Sakai appears (skinning) rather than the actual functionality. Hopefully you are finding the new interface easy to work with and use. We’ll be focusing on Sakai in the next few weeks, in several sessions that are designed to help new faculty members learn the basics of Sakai, and all faculty learn more about new Sakai options and features. The first of these sessions is Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
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