Faculty Engagement News

Active Teaching Lab Recap: Remote group projects — 10 ways to improve

Thu January 28, 2021

How can we create small-group learning that fosters students’ interaction without forcing students’ dependence on other students’ skills, availability, contributions, and punctuality? Our January 28, 2021 Lab addressed the five principles for remote group projects.  Five principles for Remote group projects Protect trust-building interactions: Any new group needs to start with “Interaction, not dependence” —…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Independent learners — 10 ways to develop (01.21.2021)

Wed January 20, 2021

Independent learners need (obviously?) independence, but the culture of much of traditional teaching is top-down — instructors set a curriculum and dole it out at a pace that tries to keep everyone in the class learning the same things at the same time. Our January 20, 2021 Lab dug into teaching practices that create a culture…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: “Course-and-a-half Syndrome”— 10 ways to avoid (01.13.2021)

Wed January 13, 2021

Our January 13, 2021 Lab addressed the challenge of designing a remote/online course without it feeling like more work for students. Even if you haven’t added more to your remote course, the format might make it feel like more. FIRST TAKE: 7 Ways to Avoid “Course-and-a-half Syndrome” Students (and their parents!) are increasingly speaking up…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Plain Language and Syllabi Design

Wed December 2, 2020

At the December 02, 2020 Active Teaching Lab, we looked at using plain language to make syllabi, schedules, and course policies clear, concise, and simple. 12 Principles for Plain Language Plain language is clear, concise, organized, and appropriate for the intended audience. Write for your reader, not yourself. Use pronouns when you can. State your…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Direct Evidence of Student Learning (DESL)

Wed November 18, 2020

The November 18, 2020 Active Teaching Lab theme explored how campus tools and processes — Direct Evidence of Student Learning (DESL), Lumen, Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs), and Canvas — can work together to provide better learning and more efficient teaching. See examples and get tips on identifying key assignments, linking key assignments and activities to learning outcomes from…

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