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A Phenomenographic Study Of Academics Teaching In Engineering Programmes In Ireland: Conceptions Of Professional Skills And Approaches To Teaching Professional Skills, Una Beagon 2021 Technological University Dublin

A Phenomenographic Study Of Academics Teaching In Engineering Programmes In Ireland: Conceptions Of Professional Skills And Approaches To Teaching Professional Skills, Una Beagon

Doctoral

Engineers play a central role in addressing the challenges which face society. However, the influence of globalisation, disruptive technological change and socially complex problems will greatly affect the way engineers work in the future.

As a result, there have been calls to embrace transformational change in engineering education, yet the literature reveals that many reform efforts have fallen short. Industry and society will therefore continue to look to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to better prepare engineering graduates with the new skills needed to face the challenges of the future. Notwithstanding the critical and valued role that technical engineering subjects have ...


An Autoethnographic Self-Study Navigating The Transition To Becoming A Stem Teacher Educator, Miriam Hamilton Dr 2021 Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

An Autoethnographic Self-Study Navigating The Transition To Becoming A Stem Teacher Educator, Miriam Hamilton Dr

The Qualitative Report

This paper reports on a self-study where I take an autoethnographic stance in narrating my cultural origins, trajectory and identities as a teacher turned teacher educator working in the field of education in Ireland. Using self-study, I explore how my habitus has influenced my experiences of being a biology teacher at second level to teaching STEM education on initial teacher education programmes. Autoethnographic self-study is the hybrid approach used to describe and systematically analyse my experiences and learning as I struggle with a transitioning identity. The integrated use of both self-study and autoethnographic approaches enabled a deepened understanding of my ...


Using Discord To Facilitate Student Engagement, David Schwartz 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Using Discord To Facilitate Student Engagement, David Schwartz

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

With the move to remote instruction, many students feel disconnected if there is no synchronous component, while others feel self-conscious about using WebEx as a group discussion platform, particularly if they have to turn on their camera.

Additionally, streaming platforms like WebEx do not yield a permanent record of the chat discussion.Instructors must rely on students taking notes or email them pertinent material afterwards.

Discord is a platform that originally came to prominence in video game communities for its adaptability and ease of use. Many students already have accounts and are adept users.

Incorporating a synchronous Discord element into ...


Preparing Students For Their Future! A Virtual Career Development Practice, Jenna Heath 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Preparing Students For Their Future! A Virtual Career Development Practice, Jenna Heath

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

This is a simple practice for faculty to integrate into their courses to enhance career and professional development for their students. The “virtual document review” is an effective way for faculty to provide students a great resume, without the faculty having to be a career and professional development expert, and without the faculty having to edit each individual resume that comes in. All faculty should utilize the Career Services resources, especially right now as there are new and innovative ways to move resources online. Students resumes were significantly better after the use of this tool.


Mock Interviews In The Virtual Environment, Roberta Jo Barnes 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mock Interviews In The Virtual Environment, Roberta Jo Barnes

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The College of Hospitality is known for its experiential learning activities. In a typical semester, the college hosts a mock interview event for students in HMD 200, Hospitality Milestone course, in which students are interviewed and evaluated by a hospitality industry professional as part of an on-campus event. How can this important skill development occur when Covid-19 prevents the hosting of an on-campus event? This teaching practice provides an alternative for facilitating mock interviews in the virtual environment through collaboration with the Hospitality College’s career center, industry partners and the use of Zoom technology.


Applied Learning During A Pandemic, Roberta Jo Barnes 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Applied Learning During A Pandemic, Roberta Jo Barnes

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Applied learning is a critical component of the Hospitality College curriculum. This teaching practice examines the development of a course providing a meaningful substitution for internship during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Build It In The Chat: Using The Chat Function In Online Platforms To Facilitate And Improve Student Writing, James Altman 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Build It In The Chat: Using The Chat Function In Online Platforms To Facilitate And Improve Student Writing, James Altman

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Helping college students “find their voice” as writers is challenging even without the isolation necessitated by the Pandemic. Shyness, lack of comfort with the subject matter, and fear of using the wrong word or phrase, can all keep students from expressing their ideas as fully as they, and we, would like. This can lead to non-completion or plagiarism of assignments If a student is also a non-native English speaker and/or has physical and/or cognitive difficulties, the situation can appear insurmountable. Building student writing thought by thought, line by line, paragraph by paragraph addresses the problem by allowing individuals ...


Using Children's And Young Adult Literature In College Classrooms, Christine A. Draper 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Using Children's And Young Adult Literature In College Classrooms, Christine A. Draper

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Using a children’s book or YA novel as an introduction, or a piece to draw students’ attention to a particular topic can harness the power of emotions help our students connect with, learn, and retain course material more deeply (Cavanagh, 2016).

While the plot-line of children’s books may appear simple, the issues addressed can be quite complex. The newest wave of children’s literature addresses a wide range of socially sensitive topics such as racism, poverty, death, gender identity, police brutality, war, and immigration (Johnson, 2014) and often does so in a way that invites discussion rather than ...


Remote Teaching Of Research Methods, Manoj Sharma 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Remote Teaching Of Research Methods, Manoj Sharma

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Research Methods (PBH 360-1002) offered by the School of Public Health was taught remotely by Manoj Sharma to undergraduate students (primarily from public health) in Fall 2020. The specific teaching techniques that were used in teaching this course were delivery as remote learning, organizing the entire course in Canvas and making it available from day 1, recording all lectures beforehand in Panopto, utilizing cases studies, employing WebEx and its breakout sessions, and having skill-building activities in each module that were sequential. In this course, the fourth-generation multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change was utilized from a pedagogical perspective to ...


Using The Reverse Case Study To Meet Clinical Outcomes In A Practice-Based Discipline, Angela E. Silvestri-Elmore, Lisa Nicholas 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Using The Reverse Case Study To Meet Clinical Outcomes In A Practice-Based Discipline, Angela E. Silvestri-Elmore, Lisa Nicholas

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted curricular plans at UNLV and nursing schools across the nation, and clinical instruction and evaluation were notably impacted. Nursing faculty are accustomed to direct observation of student performance in the clinical setting to inform student evaluation in clinical. Due to the pandemic, many clinical requirements are completed virtually because of clinical displacement of students. With reverse case study use in a remote clinical learning environment, the UNLV SoN has successfully met clinical learning needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reverse case studies differ from the traditional case study in that students are involved with the development ...


Engaging Students In Online Discussion Boards, Natalie Pennington 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Engaging Students In Online Discussion Boards, Natalie Pennington

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

My best teaching practices offers four tips for engaging students in online discussion boards in the digital classroom. By identifying several ways to improve upon this commonly used classroom tool, the poster highlights how to engage students in learning in the course.


Online Collaboration Exercises Replacing Face-To-Face Student Interaction, Candice Wilcken 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Online Collaboration Exercises Replacing Face-To-Face Student Interaction, Candice Wilcken

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Despite the default to online learning in 2020, the demand for online learning has increased over the last 3-5 years. This brings to light the acknowledgment that the traditional higher-education model is seriously challenged. With this challenge, curriculum requires integrating multiple means of engagement, interpretation, and articulation to help meet the students’ needs. The key element to meeting these challenges is collaboration, and for students, the best learning can often happen from one another.


Equity Design Framework, Lindsay J. Russell 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Equity Design Framework, Lindsay J. Russell

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The Equity Design Framework allows instructors to address student equity in their online classes by taking a critical look at their current teaching practices and find ways to enhance equitable opportunities for all students. The framework is set up so the instructor can look at their online course and determine specific aspects that they would like to assess in regards to equity. Instructors then measure their current practices and look for ways they can incorporate equity either through their own self-reflection or by building self-reflective practices into their own teaching.


Pivot To Simulation, Jen Nash 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Pivot To Simulation, Jen Nash

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The global pandemic requires strategic agility from professors to provide the same quality education while minimizing risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. To simulate patient experiences, I incorporated SimucaseTM. SimucaseTM is a computer-based simulation platform that provides students with experiences designed to develop skills such as clinical observations, interviewing clients and families, collaborating with other disciplines, administering and interpreting assessments, designing intervention plans, and implementing interventions using video-recordings of client scenarios.


Embodiment As A Lens For Learning, Nanette Hilton 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Embodiment As A Lens For Learning, Nanette Hilton

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Regardless of the discipline, applying an embodied rhetorical lens to course material is a productive way for students to assess and gain new knowledge. Our experiences as creatures in bodies affect both how we create a text and how we receive a text (a text and rhetoric being any form of communication whether in written, visual, or performative form). For this reason, both reading and writing a text is a self-reflexive activity.


Optimizing The Online Classroom For Mobile Learners, BC Oliva 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Optimizing The Online Classroom For Mobile Learners, Bc Oliva

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

This poster provides a brief overview of the challenges faced by students accessing online courses via the Canvas Student app and provides instructors with methods/solutions to optimize their online classrooms for mobile learners.


Survey For Rapport, Allison McSwain 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Survey For Rapport, Allison Mcswain

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Survey questionnaires can be used as a tool to build rapport with students. This serves a few key purposes: 1. It allows instructors to connect with their students more deeply. 2. It gives students another way to communicate with instructors and makes them feel cared for as people. 3. It allows instructors to learn about patterns within the classroom to guide the curriculum of the course.


Course Master Planning, Haroon Stephen, Jee Woong Park 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Environmental and Public Affairs & Director, GIS and Remote Sensing Core Lab

Course Master Planning, Haroon Stephen, Jee Woong Park

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

Our specific teaching practice is to use a course master plan, which is a comprehensive document that provides the embodiment to the course skeleton often given in the syllabus. The master plan strategy addresses the need to provide multi-level perspectives of the course. The master plan provides a one-stop source of information and enables a consistent course delivery in case of multiple instructors assigned to a course in the same semester or on rotation.


Reflections Drive Online Course Quality, Nicole Hudson 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Reflections Drive Online Course Quality, Nicole Hudson

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The teaching practice that the department found helpful was self-guided reflection and assessment of professional development needs to improve course design and delivery. Professional development opportunities included cohort experiences, webinars, and self-paced trainings on online best practice including: course organization, student engagement, content delivery and assessment.

  • 630 UNLV faculty participated in the Summer Course Improvement Program. The first step was to self-assess their online teaching practices and identify their professional development needs and goal. 262 chose to enhance a skill and 368 chose to incorporate a new strategy in their course
  • 523 UNLV faculty attended one or more professional development ...


Appreciative Teaching: Utilizing Academic Advising Techniques For Better Teaching And Learning Experiences In Higher Education, Paige W. Johnson Ed.D 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Appreciative Teaching: Utilizing Academic Advising Techniques For Better Teaching And Learning Experiences In Higher Education, Paige W. Johnson Ed.D

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The first semester of college is quite difficult for students. Add to that a global pandemic, screen fatigue, cabin fever and general uneasiness and it's a recipe for a difficult semester in a difficult time. However, through appreciative teaching, which is modeled after the academic advising framework/technique called "appreciative advising" there are little ways to create a rapport, build a relationship, and foster goodwill with your students. This, in turn, will make your role more enjoyable and allow students to become more comfortable in and enjoy their role.


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