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Engaging Faculty To Foster A Culture Of Assessment, Melissa K. Garno, Kathy Thornton Mar 2015

Engaging Faculty To Foster A Culture Of Assessment, Melissa K. Garno, Kathy Thornton

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Competency of an educator is not limited to teaching skills and content expertise. As important as designing and delivering effective educational experiences is skillful and reflective evaluation of student achievement. Faculty must understand valid assessment practices and value the information that well-designed assessments provide. Our process of establishing a culture of assessment included two main foci, establishing working teams and providing development opportunities. The School of Nursing developed unique initiatives to promote a focus on student learning within our discipline. Goals were identified, strategies developed, and faculty development opportunities were provided. Emphasis was placed on greater faculty inclusion in the ...


Improving Student Learning Outcomes: Lesson Study, Rita Kumar, Brenda Refaei Mar 2013

Improving Student Learning Outcomes: Lesson Study, Rita Kumar, Brenda Refaei

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Lesson study, an intensive professional development activity used in Japan to improve instruction in K-12 schools, is now being implemented at the university level in places like the University of Wisconsin. It requires teachers to move beyond their unconscious expectations for teaching to examining in-depth each stage of the process. The lesson study team cooperatively develops a lesson called the research lesson by exploring their own experiences, ideas they have heard, and researching the literature relevant to the lesson. In this presentation, attendees will learn how to initiate and facilitate SoTL projects through lesson study at their institution. We will ...


New Media, Technology, And Online Course Delivery: A Comparison Of New Technologies For University Instructors, Philip Aust, Carolyn Carlson, Barbara Gainey, Jake Mcneill, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt Mar 2012

New Media, Technology, And Online Course Delivery: A Comparison Of New Technologies For University Instructors, Philip Aust, Carolyn Carlson, Barbara Gainey, Jake Mcneill, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt

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In the last decade, higher education has been transformed by a rising number of new media suitable for online course delivery. While university instructors used to ask, “Should I deliver course content online?” Today they ask, “Which technology works best for delivering content online? Which technology can I quickly learn? And which technology can I easily manage?” To answer these questions, a team of university instructors/researchers compared and contrasted nine web-based technologies to determine each one's effectiveness. These technologies include: Wikis, Final Cut Pro, Audition, Facebook, Twitter, Camtasia, Wimba, GoToMeeting, and Second Life. Researchers gave particular attention to ...


(Much) Older University Students: Their Study Motivations And Experiences, Bronwyn Ellis Mar 2012

(Much) Older University Students: Their Study Motivations And Experiences, Bronwyn Ellis

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In an ageing society where retirement may need to be deferred, equity considerations mean that it is important to allow for the inclusion of an under-represented older cohort in higher education. Regional undergraduate students born before 1956 were invited to respond to an anonymous online questionnaire on being a university student in later life. Demographic information was collected – sex, place of residence, age group, any former university study, current study year and mode, and whether full or part time. Open-ended questions investigated study motivations, extra supports and facilities required, highlights of being a university student, negatives or challenges faced, contributions ...


Sotl And The Creative Power Of Faculty Learning Communities, Arlene Wilner, Sharon Mirchandani, Phillip Lowrey, Bryan Spiegelberg, Danielle Jacobs Mar 2012

Sotl And The Creative Power Of Faculty Learning Communities, Arlene Wilner, Sharon Mirchandani, Phillip Lowrey, Bryan Spiegelberg, Danielle Jacobs

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Drawing on lessons learned from ten years of developing and sustaining faculty learning communities and from participation in a Dean's Task Force on Curriculum Revision, SoTL practitioners from different disciplines (e.g., music, biology, English, chemistry) will demonstrate the value of SoTL as an integrative activity that accomplishes simultaneously several higher-education objectives: 1) building faculty morale through shared evidence of positive effects on student learning, 2) promoting assessment as a tool for teaching as well as for evaluation, 3) enabling faculty to teach and learn from each other, and 4) influencing the revision of the general education curriculum in ...


Using Impact Data To Improve College Teaching, Randall Scott, William Sharpton Mar 2012

Using Impact Data To Improve College Teaching, Randall Scott, William Sharpton

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In response to an increasing national focus on educational accountability, many teacher education programs of study have shifted to a performance=based model. This session describes a unique approach to the evaluation of university teaching effectiveness through the use of impact data resulting from assigned field work. The session will focus on strategies to support two types of efforts: 1) measuring the effectiveness of applied projects in terms of K-12 student behavior improvement, and (2) using instructional impact data to determine the effectiveness of higher education faculty performance. This session will incorporate a case example of a graduate=level course ...


A Collaborative, Cross-Disciplinary, Field-Based Project For Professionals In Training, Jennifer Dobbs-Oates, Carrie Wachter Morris Mar 2012

A Collaborative, Cross-Disciplinary, Field-Based Project For Professionals In Training, Jennifer Dobbs-Oates, Carrie Wachter Morris

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This session will describe a SoTL investigation of an innovative project connecting a graduate course in school counseling and an undergraduate course in early childhood special education. Students from the courses were paired with each another to complete an applied semester-long project involving consultation, classroom observation, and program planning. Student reflections collected through the duration of the project were used to evaluate student learning outcomes. The purpose of the session is to discuss 1) the nature of the project, 2) the outcomes revealed by student reflections, 3) the use of reflection as a source of SoTL data, and 4) the ...


Differentiation Of Assignments In Higher Education: A Sotl Project, Patty Rieman Mar 2012

Differentiation Of Assignments In Higher Education: A Sotl Project, Patty Rieman

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Due to the unusual blend of undergraduates, adult education students, and graduate students, the children's literature course offered by the education department at Carthage College can be problematic to teach. In particular, the assignments have been challenging because students bring such a broad range of background knowledge and experiences. Patty Rieman had the opportunity to implement differentiated assignments to the summer 2011 course and compare the student course evaluations to the spring 2011 course that she taught before creating the differentiated assignments. Rieman will share the results of the qualitative analysis of the comments, as well as a simple ...


Student Perceptions Of Adjunct Faculty, David Donathan Mar 2012

Student Perceptions Of Adjunct Faculty, David Donathan

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Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) are service industries dependent on faculty for the quality of the classroom education. Historically, IHEs hire Adjunct Faculty only as their services are required, frequently citing cost, flexibility in courses offered, and “real world” experience as justification. What is not addressed in hiring issues is what students think of these part-time instructors. Students were surveyed at a private not for profit liberal arts college to assess student perceptions of differences between adjunct and full-time Faculty and to determine whether or not students – the clients of the college – perceived a quality difference between them. Using a ...


Campus-Wide Assessment Of Sotl: Analysis Of Perceptions, Engagement And Obstacles, Andi Beth Mincer, Sabrina Hessinger Mar 2012

Campus-Wide Assessment Of Sotl: Analysis Of Perceptions, Engagement And Obstacles, Andi Beth Mincer, Sabrina Hessinger

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Published literature on campus-wide assessment of faculty knowledge, perceptions and participation in Scholarship of Teaching Learning (SoTL) is scant. Presenters will describe a survey instrument specifically developed for general faculty assessment of this topic. The survey was constructed by compiling and modifying the most relevant elements of previously published instruments. Analyses include comparisons made based on factors such as college, department and rank. Survey data revealed, for example, that faculty reported high levels of understanding and value of SoTL in higher education, but low levels of actual participation in SoTL activities. Plans for on-campus utilization of these results, including informing ...


Improving Teaching And Learning Through Inquiry-Based Field Experience, William Sharpton, Randall Scott Mar 2011

Improving Teaching And Learning Through Inquiry-Based Field Experience, William Sharpton, Randall Scott

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Recent shifts in university programs of study toward performance based models require faculty to increase their focus on field experience and applied practice. This session presents the results of incorporating features within field experience assignments that support a continuous improvement model in both the professional practice of students and the teaching of higher education faculty. This session reports a specific strategy to design field experience requirements in ways that promote active learning as well as extended practice following completion of the course. The presenters will report the results of implementing a field experience framework that includes planning, implementation and evaluation ...


Learning Styles In Higher Education: Learning How To Learn, Ole Lauridsen, Karen M. Lauridsen Mar 2011

Learning Styles In Higher Education: Learning How To Learn, Ole Lauridsen, Karen M. Lauridsen

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Applying learning styles (LS) in higher education teaching leads to positive results and enhanced student learning. However, learning styles should not only be considered a didactic matter for the teacher, but also a tool for the individual students to improve their learning capabilities – not least in contexts where information is not necessarily presented in a way that suits their individual LS preferences. In this presentation you will see how we as teachers can assist students in applying LS strategies that cater to their individual learning strengths. This will be based on general recommendations for HE teaching and learning supported by ...


The Multilingual And Multicultural Classroom - Take One, Karen M. Lauridsen Mar 2010

The Multilingual And Multicultural Classroom - Take One, Karen M. Lauridsen

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The internationalization of Higher Education has increased in recent years and has resulted in a new situation for many colleges and universities: faculty as well as students have different first languages, they come from different cultural backgrounds and more often than not, they have grown up in different pedagogical / didactic traditions. While we celebrate diversity, there is no denying that this situation also creates challenges in the Multilingual and Multicultural Classroom. In a certain sense, we see a Bermuda Triangle, the three angles of which represent language, culture and pedagogical tradition, and within which we as educators need to navigate ...


I-Class Technology And Its Impact On The Psychological Teaching And Learning Climates In Higher Education, Wendy V. Chung Mar 2009

I-Class Technology And Its Impact On The Psychological Teaching And Learning Climates In Higher Education, Wendy V. Chung

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This session is designed for educators and learners across disciplines interested in how technology in the classroom impacts/influences the psychological teaching and learning climate of institutions in higher education. The experience begins with a brief presentation of results from research that investigated the nature of the teaching and learning psychological climate on the Alliant International University , Scripps Ranch campus. To this end, the term, “psychological teaching and learning climate' will be discussed with specific reference to how it is being influenced by the new iClass technology on the campus. This will generate some insight for discussion among session participants ...


Electronic Assessment: Impact On Teaching And Learning, Vera Swade, Trish Parrish, Carol Walker Mar 2009

Electronic Assessment: Impact On Teaching And Learning, Vera Swade, Trish Parrish, Carol Walker

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This session will look at the process of moving from a summative-focused portfolio to a formative and summative electronic assessment system in one institution's teacher education programs. The new process has increased rigor for students and will allow students to track their own progress toward mastery of standards, thus more closely aligning the learning process with the assessment outcomes. This presentation will provide an overview of the theoretical support for the new model, the implementation process including change management, and the challenges that have been faced by students and faculty. Discussion will focus on how programs in all areas ...


Pre-Class Online Quizzing As A Catalyst For Pedagogical Change, Hsiu-Lien Lu Mar 2009

Pre-Class Online Quizzing As A Catalyst For Pedagogical Change, Hsiu-Lien Lu

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Coverage of content is a continuous problem and concern for higher education instructors, novices and veterans alike. This session will present a study that addressed this concern via investigating undergraduate students' perceptions of pre-class online vs. traditional quizzing and examining how pedagogical strategies differed in the same course over a period of three semesters with vs. without pre-class online quizzing. This session will demonstrate the methods developed for the investigation, including survey and the comparison of teaching activities. Session audience will learn about undergraduate students' perceptions regarding traditional quizzing vs. pre-class online quizzing as well as how instructional activities varied ...


Folk Pedagogy In Higher Education, Thomas R. Rosebrough, Ralph G. Leverett Mar 2009

Folk Pedagogy In Higher Education, Thomas R. Rosebrough, Ralph G. Leverett

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Everyday intuitive explanations of how students learn and how teachers should teach are termed “folk pedagogy” by Jerome Bruner (1996). He perceives educators' unwillingness to reflect upon their pedagogy as an illustration of the proverb “the fish will be the last to discover water” (p. 45). Since teaching is focused on different disciplines and on students who have many needs, it is quite understandable that a certain mythology has grown up around pedagogy at all levels. The presentation will include a dualistic exercise contrasting the myths and “facts” of teaching and learning in higher education. The presenters will explore questions ...


Improving Academic Quality Through Outcomes Assessment And Active Learning Strategies – A Model For Effective Institutional Change, Mary C. Hassinger, Theresa R. Moore Mar 2009

Improving Academic Quality Through Outcomes Assessment And Active Learning Strategies – A Model For Effective Institutional Change, Mary C. Hassinger, Theresa R. Moore

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Whether responding to recommendations by accrediting bodies or to demands for higher academic distinction by various stakeholders, higher education agendas to become more student-centered often involve large scale, institutional change. As such an institution, Viterbo University was recommended by the Higher Learning Commission in 1998 to improve its “culture of assessment.” As a response to this recommendation, Viterbo applied for and received $1.8 million in Title III federal grant monies to improve outcomes based assessment and active learning strategies. Upon completion of the grant, data indicates not only a strong participation rate on behalf of faculty in the faculty ...


"Sage On The Stage" Or "Guide On The Side": Theories, Perceptions, And Misconceptions Of Active Student Learning In Higher Education, Barbara Morgan Mar 2009

"Sage On The Stage" Or "Guide On The Side": Theories, Perceptions, And Misconceptions Of Active Student Learning In Higher Education, Barbara Morgan

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Research in educational theory manifests the benefits of active student learning in various academic settings. Although educational research continues to prove positive student learning outcomes, many teachers in higher education struggle to implement these learning theories for a variety of reasons. This presentation will discuss some educational theories on active student learning, and the perceptions and misconceptions of higher education teachers to these theories. We will also briefly look at administrative implementation strategies for teacher training in active student learning, and its impact on teachers perceptions. As this study is a work in progress, an open learning environment with feedback ...


Positioning The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning In The Academic Arena, Kamanja Gathu Nov 2007

Positioning The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning In The Academic Arena, Kamanja Gathu

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This presentation is an analysis of the nature and meaning of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The presentation begins by indicating the challenges faced by SOTL as an emerging discipline within the traditionally research oriented higher education institutions and underscores the need to operationalise the term 'SOTL' for it to be fully embraced by higher education institutions. The presentation then focuses on the complexities of evaluating the SoTL and highlights some current evaluation criteria for SOTL work, their shortcomings, and makes suggestions for standardizing SOTL work. A proposal of acceptable criteria for evaluating the SOTL to distinguish it from ...


A Case Study Of The Effectiveness Of A Teacher Education Program, Donna M. Armstrong Nov 2007

A Case Study Of The Effectiveness Of A Teacher Education Program, Donna M. Armstrong

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Colleges and universities have the ongoing challenge of assuring their programs of study provide the necessary components to generate well prepared teacher candidates. The creation and implementation of national and state level teaching standards provide a framework upon which teacher education departments can build their curriculum. However, it is the responsibility of higher education entities to interpret the standards and employ them in the creation and delivery of their programs. Within this process of analyzing and applying the standards, there is an opportunity for great variance in interpretation. Therefore, the onus falls on individual education departments to further identify, through ...