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From Quality Matters https://www.qualitymatters.org/live-winter-institutes
“These are not traditional “sit back and listen” webinars! In each Winter Institute web conference workshop you will work collaboratively, often in breakout rooms, to create “take-aways” you can apply to your courses right away. Read Full Post
The Teaching and Learning Center would like to make all faculty and staff at Chadron State College aware of a simpler way to access subscription resources from Magna Publications. You can now access these resources in a CSC Online (Sakai) project site called Teaching and Learning Center: Magna Campus. Read Full Post
It has often been said that lecture is probably the most often used teaching method in higher education, in spite of the fact that it tends to result in less learning, or perhaps less higher order learning than other methods. Bligh (2000) provide evidence that lecture was as good as other methods if the primary goal was to transmit information, but less effective for inspiring interest in a topic, or teaching values or behavioral skills associated with a discipline.
In the past decade, there has been increasing interest in more active learning techniques, including the focus on learner-centered teaching, collaborative techniques, student engagement techniques, classroom assessment techniques and flipped classrooms. However, faculty often feel a need to cover a certain amount of content, or to “get through” the required material. Students are often more comfortable with a more passive role, and sometimes don’t have enough knowledge initially to participate in active techniques. Read Full Post
3:00 – 5:00 pm Library 106
In this workshop, faculty members will explore free options for concept mapping and mind mapping, with a primary focus on CMapTools.
Please register at http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/workshop_signups/register.php
Faculty Brown Bag: Focus on Student Motivation Friday October 10
Noon – 1:00 pm Library 108
This session will be based on materials from Christy Price and others, considering motivation theories, issues with millennial students and more.
This week, Magna Publications featured a webinar by Tom Pusateri on classroom assessment techniques. This techniques are featured in a book by Angelo and Cross (initial edition by Cross and Angelo is available on ERIC) . Angelo and Cross (1993) suggested that these techniques could be used to find out how much, how well, and how students are learning. They provide a record of student feedback that can inform teaching and potential changes to teaching. A brief listing of 50 classroom assessment techniques is available from the University of Oregon.
CATs are useful because they have the potential to actively engage students in learning in low stakes learning activities that are often anonymous and ungraded. They give faculty members an opportunity to examine the impact of their teaching using data about student learning, and to change the learning environment.
It’s also important to “close the feedback loop”. Evaluate what you found. Think about changes you might make to teaching. Share information with students, and ask them about what changes they might make in their learning processes. You can also use CATs to demonstrate reflective teaching – e.g., that you are collecting evidence about student learning, and make changes to teaching based on information you have collected. Read Full Post
Beyond Powerpoint: Screencasting Mon, September 22, 3pm – 5pm Library 106
This workshop introduces faculty to podcast’s engaging cousin, the screencast. Faculty will develop and deploy a short screencast and learn about the applications (and AV devices) that facilitate screencasts as well as the contexts appropriate for screencasting, such as tutorials, hybrid and fully online courses. Please register at http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/workshop_signups/register.php
Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques Tue, September 23, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Library 108
http://www.magnapubs.com/catalog/getting-started-with-classroom-assessment-techniques/ Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are simply proven strategies that instructors can use to determine whether and how well students are learning course material. Using CATs can help you identify and address areas of confusion so that your students will perform more successfully on examinations and assignments. This live webinar will demonstrate a few common CATs, including the Minute Paper, the Misconception Check, the Background Knowledge Probe, and Teacher-Designed Feedback Forms. Read Full Post
Many of you are familiar with Bloom’s taxonomy and have used the associated verbs as a basis for creating learning outcomes at both course and unit levels for your classes. I ran across an interesting new tool today, free from Axiom Education. Basically you can enter the text of your outcome, and it will score it based on either Bloom’s original taxonomy, or the revised taxonomy. This type of tool is a useful way to check your outcomes, in terms of whether they are appropriate for the level of your course and whether you are scaffolding students in terms of including lower level outcomes that support higher level outcomes. The tool is available at https://www.axiommentor.com/bloom_taxonomy.cfm
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Monday, September 15 3:00 – 5:00 Library 106: Exploring Free Survey Tools
Description: In this workshop, faculty members will explore the basics of free and open source survey tools, including Google Forms and LimeSurvey. Please register at http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/workshop_signups/register.php
Wednesday, September 17 Noon Library 108 Jumpstart: New Faculty Meet with Jerry Cassiday, Counseling and Disability Services
Description: Jerry will discuss procedures for students to receive disability accommodations, and general counseling services available to students.
Wednesday, September 17 3:00 – 5:00 Library 106: Exploring Free Survey Tools
Description: In this workshop, faculty members will explore the basics of free and open source survey tools, including Google Forms and LimeSurvey. Please register at http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/workshop_signups/register.php Read Full Post
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. Read Full Post
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). Read Full Post