Center for Learning and Teaching

MAY 2017

 

Heartfelt thanks to Frank Hassebrock, Director as he transitions to his new role to relax responsibly in retirement! 

Do (Will) You Assign Group and Collaborative Learning Projects in Your Courses Next Year?

 Evidence-based research has documented over several years the positive learning outcomes of small group, team, or collaborative learning assignments across disciplines.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

APRIL 2017

What Do the Best College Teachers Do?

Over the past four years, participants in the Center’s Early-Career Faculty Learning Community have read, discussed, and contextualized Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do (2004) in monthly meetings over the academic year. A summary of Bain’s research on teaching excellence provides these answers to the question of teaching excellence:

Know their subject matter well.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

MARCH 2017

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

Pedagogical Practice Projects

PPP offers continuing full-time faculty an opportunity to design, implement, and evaluate a pedagogical innovation that represents a significant change in teaching practices or pedagogical approach.  Proposals that are selected following review by the Center’s Advisory Group provide  a stipend and travel expenses for a conference presentation of the project.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

FEBRUARY 2017

 

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

Workshop Series on Learning, Teaching, and the Brain: Developing a Tool-kit for Supporting Denison Students (Sponsored by Center for Learning and Teaching, Dean of First-Year Students, Office of Student Support and Enrichment)

This workshop series provides faculty with brief tutorials, information, resources, and discussions to (a) increase their knowledge and understanding of the neurophysiological and brain processes which underlie different types of learning conditions or challenges that present in Denison students and (b) develop a toolkit of teaching and advising strategies and communication skills to support these students.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

DECEMBER 2016

Early-Career Faculty Learning Community: Resources and Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning

Over the past four years, the Center has provided this FLC as a mentoring and faculty development opportunity for early-career faculty as they continue to develop, practice, and evaluate their teaching perspectives, methods, and skills. Meeting once a month to discuss a set of readings on learning and teaching, we foster and sustain a collaborative group that will openly share perspectives and experiences about teaching and learning in order to enhance our professional development as liberal arts educators.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

NOVEMBER 2016

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

GLCA Consortium for Teaching and Learning

The GLCA Consortium for Teaching and Learning (CTL) launched its public webpage last month and continues to expand its offerings each week in many categories including:

Essay for Action (a research-based essay addressing aspects of teaching with implications for educational practice);

Article of the Week (a brief thought piece on a particular element or teaching approach);

Research Annotations (two or three paragraphs describing a salient contribution to the research literature on a topic of pedagogy);

Try This, (a summary account of a research project in which a faculty member adopts an alternative approach to teaching a class);

Teaching Tips (short videos on specific teaching applications); and

Consortial Calendar (annotated listing of events, workshops, and conferences at GLCA schools and other institutions and organizations).

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Center for Learning and Teaching

OCTOBER 2016

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

The President’s Office and The Center for Learning and Teaching sponsored a one-day workshop for Denison Faculty on May 17, 2016. The workshop was led by Dr. Kenn Barron, a social psychologist at James Madison University and co-director of the Motivation Research Institute at JMU. Dr.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

SEPTEMBER 2016

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

Pedagogical Practice Projects

The Center’s Advisory Group selected seven faculty to receive stipends for their proposals to develop, implement, and evaluate a significant teaching innovation in a course during fall semester. PPP is an initiative supported by the Center to foster and recognize innovative teaching practices that embrace a student-centered learning pedagogy based upon active learning as well as student engagement and reflection.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

MAY 2016

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

Taking Some Time to Reflect on Learning and Teaching

As the semester and academic year come to an end, this might be a good time (or later this summer) to reflect on important aspects of your students’ learning and your own teaching. Steve Volk (Oberlin professor of history and director of their Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence) offers a set of questions to consider for an “end of semester snapshot”:

1) What do you feel was the strongest part of your teaching (and student learning) this semester?

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Center for Learning and Teaching

APRIL 2016

Center for Learning and Teaching (Frank Hassebrock, Director)

Pedagogical Practice Projects (PPP) is a faculty development initiative supported by Denison’s CLT.  This program offers continuing full-time faculty an opportunity to design, implement, and evaluate a new innovative pedagogy for a course that will be taught in 2016-2017. These projects will generate pedagogical innovations and significant teaching changes that deepen student learning and skills, enhance teaching effectiveness, and create alternative teaching or curricular approaches that contribute to Denison’s mission.

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