Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: Nov. 28, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing posts and articles from around the Internet.

Enhancing Learning through Zest, Grit, and Sweat

Lolita Paff identified three overlooked aspects of teaching that need to be promoted; (1) encouraging student intellectual curiosity, interest, and enthusiasm (zest), (2) an understanding that true long-lasting learning takes effort, hard and smart work (sweat), and (3) an academic growth mindset, perseverance and persistence (grit). Author gives tips on how to implement each of these three aspects in class.

Ugly Consequences of Complaining about ‘Students These Days’

Frequent venting about students who come unprepared to class or who are willing to cheat can turn into complaining and that may change our mindset about our students over time. Consequently, this mindset may change the instructional design environment, the way we teach in class or the number of preventative policies we apply.

All Learning is an Active Process: Rethinking Active/Passive Learning Debate- How Faculty Can Create Learning Opportunities in Overtly Passive Environments

Todd Zakrajsek proposes that it is time to differentiate passive learning from being in passive environment and suggests how to maximize learning in both active and passive environments. For learning to happen, several factors are involved regardless of how information is experienced. When you attend to the information, when presented information has value to you, easy to understand, you are allowed time to practice recalling/ reflecting, and you are physically and emotionally ready to process the information (e.g. not too tired), then the probability learning will take place increases greatly.

Contingent Faculty Positions

Who are "contingent faculty"? Depending on the institution, they can be known as adjuncts, postdocs, TAs, non-tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, part-timers, lecturers, instructors, or nonsenate faculty. What they all have in common: they serve in insecure, unsupported positions with little job security and few protections for academic freedom. And they are the vast majority of US faculty today. Something needs to change.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: Nov. 18, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing posts and articles from around the Internet.

Teaching Students How to Manage Feedback

Feedback is central to learning, yet some students struggle to utilize instructor feedback effectively. This article details a framework for thinking about different types of feedback and provides three tips for instructors interested in teaching their students how to best manage feedback.

Stop Assigning Team Projects...Unless...

Many instructors assign team projects for all the right reasons, but the teamwork students engage in ends up being less than ideal. This post encourages instructors assigning team projects to first teach students how to work in teams, and it provides several tips for how to do this effectively.

The Vitae Bookshelf: Kevin Gannon

Kevin Gannon, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University, details his five favorite books on teaching and learning.


'Augmented Intelligence' for Higher Ed

IBM is partnering with Pearson and Blackboard to bring the cognitive computing power of Watson to higher education. What role might Watson play in higher ed, and when? This article discusses what is currently known about the project.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Canvas Camp, Friday, October 28th, SOC 159

 Canvas Camp Agenda 

Starting the Semester
·         Required course elements
·         Policies and deadlines
·         Starting out on the right foot
Kevin Yee, ATLE

Designing Courses
·         Motivating and inspiring students
·         Preventing confusion
·         “Keep It Simple” principle
Amanda Helip-Wooley, ATLE
Engaging Students
·         Ensuring participation
·         Maintaining their interest
·         Making Canvas interactive
Sara Friedman and Oana Cîmpean, ATLE
Efficient & Effective Assessment (w/ Canvas)
·         Advanced assignment settings
·         Grading efficiently and fairly
·         Providing useful feedback

Emad Mansour and Ross Metusalem, ATLE
 Teaching Online
·         Online structure  
·         Online assessment and practice
·         Online content
·         Online interaction and collaboration
Advanced Topics
·         Plagiarism and proctoring
Lindsey Mercer, Innovative Education

LaSaundria Glenn-Bass, Innovative Education

Victor Ventor, Innovative Education

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: October 21, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

“Getting More out of Exam Debriefs”
Using exam debriefs as an opportunity for students to encounter content they haven’t yet learned and to confront the efficacy of their study habits.

 “Small Groups, Significant Impact: A Review of Peer-Led Team Learning Research with Implications for STEM Education Researchers and Faculty”
A review of sixty-seven peer-reviewed studies on Peer-Led Team Learning, spanning a variety of STEM disciplines and institution types.  

“The Biggest Crisis in Higher Ed Isn't Student Debt, It's Students Who Don't Graduate”
The president of Arizona State University addresses the fact that more than half of those who start college fail to finish.

“Open Doors: A New Take on Teaching Observations”
A two-day event sponsored by Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching that allows interested faculty and graduate students to visit some of the most well-respected and awarded teachers across campus. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: October 14, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing posts and articles from around the Internet.

When a Class Clicks

Building classroom community can greatly enhance the learning experience. This article details four tips for fostering a sense of community among your students.

A Simple Invitation: Please See Me!

Sometimes a brief conversation with a struggling student is enough to get that student back on track. This article discusses the themes of a successful intervention through conversation. 

How to Integrate Intercultural Learning into Your Classroom

Many educators and employers agree that intercultural awareness and global competence are central to success in an increasingly diverse and interconnected society. This article provides tips for incorporating intercultural learning into your class.

Students Need to Develop Two Key Habits to Have a Fruitful College Experience

Getting the most out of college is challenging. This article argues that a truly transformative college experience requires students to develop meaningful relationships with peers and teachers and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: September 30, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from the around the internet:

"The Mentoring Buck Stops Here"
Often, being a good mentor for students means more than just "being approachable."

"The Flipped Classroom Unplugged: Three Tech-Free Strategies for Engaging Students"
Many instructors cite their perceived lack of creativity as one barrier to flipping the classroom. In this final article in a series on the flipped classroom, take a look at three less intimidating ways to engage students creatively.

"Classrooms are Getting a Makeoever to Accommodate New Forms of Teaching"
A look at new flexible classroom spaces used to facilitate active learning, and the ways in which faculty are using them.

"Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too"
Have you made an effort to make student learning a priority in your courses, but the same can't be said of your students? Use these five tips to help steer them in the right direction.

Do you know of an interesting article that you would like to share with the ATLE community? Let us know! Email atle@usf.edu

Proactive Strategies for Student Success: October 7 @ the USF Library

October 7, 2016

USF Library, 618 A

 Tampa Campus


In this workshop, we will examine ways to reach out to students before it is too late. We will discuss ways to help students study, take notes, or take exams. We will provide you with concrete examples for developing self-efficacy in our students. 
If you are a USF instructor, register here to attend the October 7 First Friday: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZmwpR0gsKq1n9j