“Charting the Course”, “Navigating the Currents of Change”, “Set Sail on a Course Tour”, “A Voyage through QM”.
The harbor-based puns (and subsequent groaning) came hard and fast at the 6th Annual Quality Matters Conference held in Baltimore, which I was lucky enough to attend and present at in September. The conference attracts faculty, designers and administrators from across the county to learn more about Quality Matters and it is a great opportunity for CATL to learn more about the process, share our progress and network with institutions with similar goals. Continue reading Hook, Line & Sinker at Quality Matters
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Workshop on integrating undergraduate research into faculty workload and tenure and promotion guidelines. You may wonder, why would the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning be interested in this topic? Continue reading Finding the right fit: integrating URSCA
Prior to becoming the Director for the Center of the Advancement of Teaching and Learning I was unaware of what a special entity we as a campus had available to us: the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). Continue reading A UW System Gem: OPID
As a 2014 CATL faculty consultant I have spent a number of hours concerned with facilitating the development of our colleagues during their early years on campus. Those of us who have been at it for a while recognize the importance of mentoring our nouveau faculty. But in addition, I value the importance of faculty revitalization, as we all recognize that the intense 24/7 demands and politics of academic life have the potential for burnout. Continue reading Why I Care
My experiences at UWGB throughout my first year were challenging and fun, and a bit like a rollercoaster ride. I realized that my 1st year as a faculty member was similar in some ways to my freshman year at college. Here are some experiences that stand out: Continue reading My First Year As A Faculty Member At UWGB
In Discussions, it is possible to see all postings for a particular student at once for a selected Topic, as well as to assess the Topic. Even if you’re not officially grading the topic, it’s another way to find all posts made by a student. Continue reading Having Trouble Finding All Of A Student’s Discussion Posts By Topic?
I know we are only a few days into the Summer 1 term, but I can already tell that the changes I made to my online course as a result of my participation in the Advanced Online Teaching Fellows program back in January have drastically changed the way I view online teaching. Continue reading How AOTF Changed My (Online Teaching) Life
The end of another academic year, sigh. For those students graduating it is the end of a chapter in life; for faculty it is a mix of relief, exhaustion, and freedom (at least for a few months); and for the staff of the Cofrin Library it is time to gear up because it is project time! Continue reading It’s Project Time for the Cofrin Library!
I was given the opportunity to attend and participate in the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) Conference in Louisville, KY in March 2014 under the auspices of a teaching enhancement grant. My goal was to learn innovative strategies that could be implemented in the general education course I teach (American Social Welfare, soon to be called Foundation of Social Policy) both in the face-to-face offering and in the development of an on-line version of the course to be taught in summer. Continue reading Innovative Strategies For General Education
One “assignment” in the Teaching Scholars program is to conduct a formative peer observation with a Teaching Scholar colleague. My initial reaction to this process was one of insecurity, i.e., questioning my own teaching style and concern over selecting the “right” class session to be observed. I was determined to select a class session with significant theoretical content, with an obvious beginning and end to allow for a complete assessment, and a session that was presented primarily by me (versus the students). That plan put me in a quandary. Continue reading A Reflection of The Peer Observation Process