Which is the most important factor in successful learning:
- The intention and desire to learn
- Paying close attention to the material as you study
- Learning in a way that matches your own learning style
- The time you spend studying
- What you think about while studying
The answer, according to cognitive psychologist Stephen Chew, may surprise you. Lendol
In this week’s deeper dive, Dr. May Mei, Mathematics, shares ideas from the two-page article Critical Learning Communities: Top Five Principles to Guide Your First Month by Kristen Luschen and Becky Wai-Ling Packard. May gives practical suggestions on how to make midterm course adjustments to ensure a smoother and more productive finish to our semester.
Last week, we shared several midterm course feedback forms. Now, what to do with all that feedback?
- Make a brief list of comments to respond to during the next class.
- Focus on major themes.
- Discuss things you are willing to adjust, but also explain why you will maintain certain practices. Your students value transparency.
Nearing the half-way point, time to get some feedback from students on how our classes are going. Here are three templates to consider (feel free to edit as your own):
- This form from Dr. Annabel Edwards, Chemistry, that we shared last year. Uses a number of Likert scales.
- A newer form from Annabel based on some suggestions for The Chronicle.
As we enter week five of the semester, many of us are thinking about assessments like tests and quizzes. Remote instruction has made us rethink the purpose and use of tests, and whether we are “testing” the right things.
The graphic above demonstrates the notion of authentic assessment, which is
“Engaging and worthy problems or questions of importance, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively.
How to improve student performance on tests? This was a tough nut to crack for Dr. Ayana Hinton. After reading Make it stick: the science of successful learning, she tried something called the testing effect – a technique shown to increase long term retention. When that did result in the gains she wanted, she included peer grading.
Waiting for the students to arrive, whether in person or remotely, this short video from the Chronicle provides three practical tips to make the most of that time.
Our reading group gathered to discuss "Student and peer evaluation of teaching"
Students say they are doing more work than ever. Faculty say they are lessening breadth and focussing on just the key ideas of the course. How can we have these two seemingly opposing ideas?
In this week’s deep dive, I look into the Chronicle article, Students Say Their Workload Increased During the Pandemic. Has It?
This recent piece from the Chronicle, How professors can and should combat linguistic prejudice in their classes, gives ten tips on making sure our grading and expectations do not privilege one group of students over another. Kaly Thayer, our Coordinator for Multilingual Learning, takes a deep dive into several points in this article and how it relates to our Denison students.