Come join us in just over a week at our annual faculty development conference. We are excited for the opportunity to learn, grow, and share as we explore High Impact Practices (HIP) with our keynote speaker, Peter Felton. Anyone working with students is encouraged to attend and if you haven’t registered its not too late!
In preparation for the conference, we will be sharing a two part blog series highlighting the upcoming presenters and their breakout sessions. Part one will cover general HIP presentations followed by part two which will highlight study abroad HIP and course specific HIP presentations.
We hope to see you there!
Recently, in a blog post “Undergraduate Research Grants” I mentioned that Dan McCollum and I were awarded an Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant that was offered through the UW System. The grant proposal consisted of four key ideas that will positively impact both faculty and students Continue reading URSCA: What’s the Big Idea?
Recently announced in the LOG, Dan McCollum, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, and I received a $50,000 grant from the UW System to further undergraduate research on our campus. Continue reading Redefining Undergraduate Research
A group of faculty got together recently to discuss the CATL book club selection – “Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty” by Alison Cook-Sather, Catherine Bovill, and Peter Felten. Continue reading CATL Book Club
I enjoyed a few days in beautiful, sunny, warm San Diego in late November to learn about how Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (URSCA) could be integrated on campus with other high impact practices. Jillian Kinzie of Indiana University presented on how best to optimize high-impact practices and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you to encourage you to consider the use of high-impact practices as you work with students! Continue reading High Impact Practices
This semester, I have 4 teaching assistants—two for my American Government and Politics class and two for my Introduction to Public Policy class. As the classes have progressed, I’ve noticed my teaching assistants making interesting discoveries about teaching. Continue reading Seeing is Believing
“You and your group are walking in the woods when you find a bloody, unconscious young woman. You look through the backpack, you discover a two-way radio and a gas-mask. Her arm is wounded and looks badly infected but from this distance you can’t tell if it’s a bite or not. She’s starting to wake up. Work with your group to decide what to do.”
As I get nearer to the end of the semester (hard to believe) by necessity I am setting my sights on Spring, 2015. I am bringing a group of students to South Africa during the January Interim and so I must get my syllabi completed early (not my typical modus operandi) before I travel. And that leaves me to face one of my pedagogical demons on what to do about a textbook. Continue reading Singin’ The Textbook Blues
The Annual Conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) was held in Quebec City last month. I had the privilege during this conference to hear a plenary from Bernard Petiot who is the Vice-President for Casting and Performance for Cirque du Soleil. He spoke on the environment that welcomes creativity at Cirque du Soleil and Continue reading Innovative Teaching & Cirque du Soleil