Want to give your courses a boost? CETL presents:
A Faculty Focus Series on Course Design
for New and Seasoned Faculty
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is very proud to announce the Spring 2013 Faculty Focus Series: Course Design for New and Seasoned Faculty.
Current research on undergraduate education asks us to diminish our dependence on lecture and to make our courses learning-centered. This is easier said than done, of course, and ultimately relies on the way we design our courses. The Faculty Focus series looks at how to think about course design and how to approach it, how to be sure that we really do test what we teach, and teach what we really want to test. There are many ways to assess our students’ learning, but we will focus on the construction of a valid multiple choice exam. We will also look at some ideas about how to design learning-centered activities and some strategies that allow you to move from a traditional lecture format to a student-centered environment.
You are welcome to attend one, some, or all of the sessions. We will have an additional session at the end of the series so we can get together and talk about what you learned and how you incorporated new ideas into our courses.
All sessions take place Monday from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. We will meet in the CETL Center, Annandale, CG 218. Here is the series:
Register at: http://goo.gl/2qNBg
Beginning at the End – 4 March - Cindy Miller ask whether your goals, assessments, and activities align?
Designing Valid Multiple Choice Exams – 25 March – Join Patty Ottavio and learn how to test along a cognitive process dimension from lower order to higher order thinking skills.
Creating Significant Learning Experiences – 8 April – Barbara Crain discusses how a significant learning experience helps learners learn, provides knowledge, stimulates new interests, provides thinking skills, and connects people.
Strategies for Engaging Students in the Learning Process – 22 April - Samantha Whalen helps you learn how to move from traditional lecture to a student-centered environment.
Roundtable Discussion of All Sessions – 29 April
Mindy Hemmelman led a fantastic professional development day for Student Devleopment course instructors on May 11th and on May 14th. CELT was privileged to be part of it, leading an hour-long discussion on Effective Teaching Techniques. If you want to see some of the materials that CETL used for that, here they are:
The PREZI used for the CETL presentation can be found at this URL: http://prezi.com/vpewz9eju_ka/sdv-conference-may-11-14-2012-effective-teaching-techniques-and-student-engagement/
The Achieving the Dream Wiki http://www.atdtech.wikispaces.com
Achieving the Dream maintains a wiki with an amazing amount of information on it that includes numerous tips about student engagement! Really well done. Hope you’ll take a good look at it.
Handouts with the following titles were used at the presentation. If you want a copy of any one of them, please contact CETL.
- The Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes
- Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
- “The Change – Up in Lectures
Any questions about effective teaching techniques — add them as a reply below. Want to discuss any of them — add them as a reply below!
Exams are a common method that instructors use to evaluate student learning. A well-designed exam can provide feedback to instructors on how successful they were in presenting the course content. It is important that instructors strive to create exams that are valid and then grade them fairly.
CETL Faculty Advocate presented a great workshop on exam construction on April 19th. You can find the materials here! Test Writing Workshop Materials.
If you attended this workshop, please feel free to leave a reply here. If you didn’t attend this workshop, but want to comment on the materials, please feel free to leave a response here as well. We love to hear from you.
Join Faculty Advocate Alicia de la Torre Falzon and Film Expert Amy Gilley in a showing and discussion of the 45-minute documentary: Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History!
Date: April 30th
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: AN, CETL Center CG 218
Register here: http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl/training/
(If the registration isn’t there the first time, just check back!)
Join CETL Faculty Advocate Patty Ottavio in an interactive workshop that will help you build better multiple choice tests! A tip sheet will be provided
When: Thursday, April 19th
Where: MEC HE 254
Time: Noon to 1:30
Register by clicking here http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl/training/
Mr. F. Scott Lewis talks to faculty about Preventing and Responding to Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom
On Friday, March 30th, Mr. Scott Lewis began the CETL New Faculty Orientation with an interactive workshop that gave participants skills to prevent disruptive classroom behaviors, to react to them and to enhance their own campus procedures to address them. This session was sponsored by CETL and the Office of Student Mental Health.
Copies of the presentation materials provided by Mr. Lewis are found below. Be sure to check out the Class engagement Rubric.
NVCC 2012 – Classroom Management-Power Point
Class Engagement Rubric – SAMPLE
March 26 from 2:30 until the movie ends
CETL Center, CG 218, AN Campus
CETL presents ‘The Boys of Baraka’, the second in an ongoing series of movies that showcase teaching shown on the last Monday of each month. This movie is an award-winning PBS documentary that will allow a discussion about how environment affects teaching and learning. It is the winner of awards at the Newport, Chicago, Woodstock and SILVERDOCS Film Festivals. A discussion about the movie will be held at 2:30 p.m. with a full screening of the movie to follow.
Click here to register: http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl/training/
Click here to view the movie trailer: http://www.pbs.org/pov/boysofbaraka/