Faculty Engagement News

Active Teaching Lab Recap: Build equity and belonging into your course

Wed May 5, 2021

Theme The May 5, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways instructors are implementing structures to promote a welcoming and antiracist learning environment. Takeaways Get comfortable with discomfort: Improvement can feel overwhelming. Effective physical workouts, good learning exercises — these are difficult, challenging, and uncomfortable, but they’re important to do. (See also: Purposeful Action –…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Flexible and fair course design

Wed April 28, 2021

Theme The April 28, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to design a rigorous, high-expectations course for uncertain times and changing circumstances. Setting other factors aside, College is stressful. Add to this the understanding that, as with all humans, students’ lives are full of complexity. Also factor in that students are often trying to figure…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Improve Canvas Navigation

Wed April 21, 2021

Theme The April 21, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on strategies and examples for clearer communication of expectations, simpler access to activities, and more welcoming design.  Takeaways “The result of calm technology is to put us at home, in a familiar place. When our periphery is functioning well we are tuned into what is happening…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Support Struggling Students

Wed April 7, 2021

Theme The April 7, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to keep track of the mental and emotional health of remote students. It’s difficult, but they’ll be better learners if you do. Because the culture of western education (and especially of higher education) stresses achievement and competition, students will often not readily display signs of…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Improve synchronous student engagement

Wed March 31, 2021

Theme The March 31, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to engage students during synchronous sessions. Takeaways To fully engage, we need to feel a significant level of connection (Does this matter to me?) and comfort (Can I ask, listen, take risks, make mistakes, and recover with grace & humility?) Create space to engage:…

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