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Faculty Development Digest, March 2023

The Faculty Development Digest highlights events and resources that may be of interest to faculty and other educators on campus. The Digest will be posted on the Faculty Resources site periodically throughout the year. If you have an item that you would like to suggest for inclusion in a future issue, please send the details to Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir at rweir@allegheny.edu.

Demmler Awards

The Demmler endowment provides funding for faculty members who wish to pursue projects to develop innovation in teaching or in the curriculum. This year, preference will be given to projects that:
– advance innovation in inclusive teaching and/or
– advance the institutional goal of increasing enrollment and/or the College’s national profile as a liberal arts institution.
To provide maximum flexibility, proposals can be submitted at any time through June 2, 2023, for work that could take place any time through the Fall 2023 semester. Proposals will be reviewed by the Provost and Associate Provost with the goal of notifying applicants of the decision on funding within 10 business days of receiving the proposal. You can read the full description of this year’s call here. Applications should be submitted using this form.

Teaching Tools

Looking for a quick way to provide focused feedback to your students? Or perhaps a guided approach for peer review? Check out the TAG Feedback framework. As shown in the image below, the goal of TAG feedback is to give three specific forms of feedback and that’s it!

Visual showing components of TAG feedback

Too much feedback on an assignment can feel overwhelming, while vague feedback can leave students wondering what they need to do to address it. Using this approach can be a time-saver for faculty, while also providing students with a manageable number of focused, actionable next steps.

URSCA Updates

Summer Research and Scholarship. Allegheny College is now using a common application that all students participating in research, scholarship, and creative activities on campus and in the Meadville community will need to complete. In particular, all students who receive awards through the Office of URSCA or the Office of Community Engaged Learning, as well as students who are funded by grants received by faculty members, are required to complete this form in order to participate in summer programming. Links to program-specific application materials are embedded within the form, including the proposal template for the URSCA Student-Faculty Research Program. The Summer Research Program website is a one-stop shop for all of the information.

Scholars Symposium 2023. Watch for an email from URSCA Director Matt Venesky with information about the 2023 Scholars Symposium, including links to various forms for faculty and department/program chairs to complete (registration for Faculty Mentors wishing to participate in the Mentor Breakfast, links for departments/programs to register seniors participating in the Senior Project Poster Session, etc.). Please be on the lookout for these forms and pay attention to the various due dates that will be approaching as we end the semester.

AI-Writing Resources

Webinar.The GLCA-GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning invites you to a conversation on ChatGPT designed to help faculty think about the potential value of these generative AI programs, and not just their potential peril. Among other questions, they will be exploring how we can use AI to help deepen (rather than discourage) learning communities in our classrooms, and the ways that ChatGPT can improve student writing or problem-solving skills. Participants will work in groups with those who have more experience with AI to help everyone brainstorm possible approaches. Please join them for this webinar on Wednesday, March 29 at noon EST. Click here to register.

Using AI to Help Instructors. In their article Using AI to Implement Effective Teaching Strategies in Classrooms: Five Strategies, Including Prompts, the authors describe how instructors can leverage AI to help implement evidence-based teaching methods in their classroom. The five strategies they describe involve: generating multiple examples; generating explanations for different audiences; writing low-stakes tests; assessing student knowledge and identifying areas of confusion; and drawing connections between different course topics. Check out this blog post, written by one of the authors, for a quick overview with examples.

FCR Updates

The Foundation & Corporate Relations (FCR) office invites you to check out the grant opportunity below and to contact them early and often at fcr@allegheny.edu if you’re thinking about applying for a grant.

Humanities Faculty: Community-Engaged Course Development & Voter Education The Project Pericles’ Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program in the Humanities Grant provides $4,500 grants to design new or significantly revised courses in the humanities that incorporate community-initiated projects and voter education. There are multiple deadlines to apply. If you are interested, please complete the FCR office’s grant proposal endorsement form, indicating which deadline you are interested in.

Spring/Summer 2023 Events

Upcoming Events

  • May 3 – Exploratory Advisor Training 1, 10:00am-3:00pm
    A workshop for faculty serving as instructors for the pilot “advising labs” in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 (LS 198 and LS 199, respectively).
  • May 11 – Exploratory Advisor Training 1, 10:00am-3:00pm
    A repeat of the May 3 training. Exploratory Advisors need only attend one of these two trainings.
  • May 16 – Spring Educator Resource Institute (click this link to save the date)
  • May 17 – Department Chairs Workshop
  • June 9 – First Year Course Registration Training
  • August 21 – Fall Educator Resource Institute (click this link to save the date)
  • August 22 – Exploratory Advisor Training 2, 11:15am-4:00pm
    The second in a series of two workshops for instructors of LS 198 and LS 199.

Past Events and Materials

See the Faculty Development Opportunities page for additional links to previous events.

Faculty Development Digest, February 2023

The Faculty Development Digest highlights events and resources that may be of interest to faculty and other educators on campus. The Digest will be posted on the Faculty Resources site periodically throughout the year. If you have an item that you would like to suggest for inclusion in a future issue, please send the details to Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir at rweir@allegheny.edu.

Updates

On the right-hand side of the Faculty Resources site, you will find several new additions:
– The Opportunities for Faculty box contains information about time-sensitive opportunities. Check to see what’s coming up whenever you access the site! Feel free to submit items to Rachel Weir.
– The Recent Posts box contains links to recent issues of the Digest and other posts on the Faculty Resources site.
– The Digest Topics box contains a word cloud of topics that appear in issues of the Digest. Just click a topic to access all relevant issues. Click Digest to access all issues.

Mark your calendars!
– The Spring Educator Resource Institute will take place on Tuesday, May 16. Click here to save the date on your calendar.
– The Fall Educator Resource Institute will take place on Monday, August 21. Click here to save the date.

Teaching Tools

Have you made time in your course schedule for a Midterm Course Reflection? Week 7 (Feb. 27 – Mar. 3), right before we head into Spring Break, could be a great time to pause and gather feedback from your students about what is and isn’t going well for them in your course so far. You can find multiple resources on the Midterm Course Reflections page, including how to set up the survey, how to review the responses, and how to follow up with your class. This information is also available via the Teaching Resources page in the Faculty Resources site.

At the end of the semester, you can return to this feedback and your responses to it as part of a post-semester course reflection. Watch for opportunities to join a May course reflection session with colleagues – more details soon!

Canvas Information

Did you know that you can control how long students have access to your Canvas course by adjusting the Participation option in Settings? Choosing Term means the course will be visible as soon as you publish it and will be available until the last day to submit work for an Incomplete for that semester. Choosing Course instead gives the instructor the option to adjust the start and end dates manually. If you want to make your course visible to all enrolled students indefinitely, uncheck the box next to “Restrict students from viewing course after course end date,” located at the end of the Participation section in Settings. All of these settings are course-wide; there isn’t a way to give students different access dates.

You also now have the option to change the course name that is displayed in the Courses menu. Just go into Settings and update the entry in the Course Name box. This change will be in effect for everyone in your course. You can create a course nickname just for yourself by clicking the three vertical dots on the course card in your Dashboard and changing the entry in the box below Nickname.

If you do make any changes in Settings, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the yellow Update Course Details button so that your changes are saved.

AI-Based Writing Systems Workshop

On Friday, February 3, we were joined by Heidi McKee and James Porter, both of Miami University, for a workshop on AI-Based Writing Systems. If you weren’t able to attend, please check out the materials below:
Recording
Slides
Handout
You can also find these materials on the Teaching Resources page, under On-Campus Workshop Materials.

FCR Updates

The Foundation & Corporate Relations (FCR) office invites you to check out the grant opportunities below and to contact them early and often at fcr@allegheny.edu if you’re thinking about applying for a grant.

Humanities Faculty: Community-Engaged Course Development & Voter Education The Project Pericles’ Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program in the Humanities Grant provides $4,500 grants to design new or significantly revised courses in the humanities that incorporate community-initiated projects and voter education. There are multiple deadlines to apply. If you are interested, please complete the FCR office’s grant proposal endorsement form, indicating which deadline you are interested in.

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Faculty: Fundamental Research The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation of The Pittsburgh Foundation awards annual research grants to researchers at Pennsylvania colleges and universities to carry out fundamental research in biology, chemistry and physics. Grant programs include:
New Investigator Research Grants – Up to six awards at a maximum of $150,000 for two years ($75,000 per year).
New Initiative Research Grants – Up to four awards at a maximum of $300,000 for two years ($150,000 per year).
If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the FCR office’s grant proposal endorsement form by March 1, 2023.

Call for FCR ERI topics The FCR office is planning a presentation during the next ERI. What topics would you like to know more about? How to write a strong proposal? How to create a grant budget? How to write a solid grant report? Email your ideas to fcr@allegheny.edu.

Did you know? The National Endowment for the Humanities website offers a tool to help match your project ideas with available opportunities. Don’t forget to contact Allegheny’s Foundation & Corporate Relations office at fcr@allegheny.edu to discuss your ideas!

Fulbright Programs

The 2024-2025 Fulbright Scholar Program is now open. Faculty whose work could benefit from some international field time or who would like to spend a semester or two teaching abroad are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny faculty have fared well in this competition over the years; see this page for a full list. Anyone with even a passing interest in applying is encouraged to reach out to the Fulbright Campus Liaisons – Rachel Weir and Patrick Jackson – for more information or to start a conversation about Allegheny resources that might be useful as you put together an application.

Do you have a student or advisee who is doing great things? Share their name with Senior Assistant Dean for Fellowship Advising Patrick Jackson and he will reach out to connect the student with fellowship opportunities including the Fulbright Student Program, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and many more.

Teaching Conferences and Workshops

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Teaching and Learning Together: The Possibilities and Challenges of Pedagogy Partnerships, a summer workshop hosted at Grinnell College on June 13 and 14, 2023 through a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Pedagogy partnerships bring together faculty, students, and others to co-create meaningful teaching and learning experiences. The grant will cover all costs for participants (travel, lodging, and meals). Interested participants should complete the application form by Friday, February 24.

The Center for Innovative Pedagogy at Kenyon College is currently accepting presentation proposals for the 2023 What Works Conference, which will take place virtually during the week of May 30-June 2, 2023. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 1 March 22 (extended deadline), and presenters will be notified of their acceptance status by March 30.

The 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference (TLTCon 2023), hosted by the College of Charleston, will take place online on May 16-17, 2023. This year’s keynote speaker is Jay McTighe. Jay is a veteran educator and accomplished author having co-authored 18 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design® series. The conference is free but spaces are limited, so register today!

Spring 2023 Events

Past Events and Materials

Upcoming Events

  • May 16 – Spring Educator Resource Institute (click this link to save the date on your calendar)
  • May 17 – Department Chairs Workshop
  • Aug 21 – Fall Educator Resource Institute (click this link to save the date on your calendar)

Faculty Development Digest, January 2023

Welcome to the second issue of the Faculty Development Digest. We will use this digest to highlight events and resources that may be of interest to faculty and other educators on campus. The Digest will be posted on the Faculty Resources site periodically throughout the year. If you have an item that you would like to suggest for inclusion in a future issue, please send the details to Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir at rweir@allegheny.edu.

In this issue, you’ll find a variety of resources connected to the start of the semester and setting up your courses. There are also reminders about various faculty development opportunities that will be taking place this semester. You can also see what’s coming up by checking out the Faculty Development calendar, which is posted on the Faculty Development Opportunities page.

Upcoming Events

We’re pleased to announced a virtual workshop on AI-Based Writing Systems, which will take place on Friday, February 3. If you’ve been anxiously following recent conversations about services like ChatGPT and the possible effect they may have on our courses, this workshop is for you! Thanks to Alexis Hart for helping to get this workshop in place and to the Pelletier Library for financial support.

On Thursday, January 19 from 12:00pm-1:30pm CST (1:00pm-2:30pm ET), join speakers Susan D. Blum, Joshua Eyler, and Courtney Sobers for a virtual, public conversation about grades and (un)grading in higher education: what are our challenges, how are we meeting them, and where do we go from here? Organized by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Mississippi.

And one last reminder – if you’ve been notified that you’ve reached your Canvas storage limit or you just want to learn more, check out the workshop on Using Google Storage with Canvas that will take place on Tuesday, January 10, at 1pm. You can also check out the slides here.

Setting Up Your Course

Take a look at the Syllabus Checklist page as a reminder of the required and recommended syllabus content. This page summarizes the information found in Section 9.1 of the Faculty Handbook.

There’s still time to conduct a post-semester course reflection to identify what worked and what didn’t in your classes last semester. One step in this reflection process is analyzing your RSE (Report of Student Experience) responses from the fall semester, which are now available on Anthology. See more information about the survey and how to analyze your responses on this page.

The spring RSE survey will be administered during the week of April 24. Please make sure that you set aside time during class for students to complete the survey. You may also want to make time to administer a midterm course reflection.

For these tips and more, see the Preparing for a New Semester page.

Teaching Tools

One way to begin to build a welcoming classroom environment is to create opportunities for everyone to get to know each other in the first days of the semester, or even before the semester begins. Here are some ideas:

  • Create an Introductions slide deck and have each student add a slide. Click here to get a copy of a simple template.
  • Use name tents at the start of the semester so everyone can start to learn names.
  • Have students write a low-stakes (or no stakes) introductory essay at the start of the semester. For example, this Math Autobiography assignment can be adapted to other disciplines.
  • Administer an anonymous Who’s in Class? survey.
  • Create opportunities for students to work together during the first days of class. You could use activities connected to the course content or more general icebreakers. See this page for some examples.

For more information on inclusive teaching, check out What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching, by Tracie Addy et al., new online at Pelletier!

Canvas Information

The Canvas Tips page contains information about Canvas resources and support, course set-up reminders, troubleshooting suggestions, and a link to materials from previous Canvas workshops. Three quick reminders:
– Faculty who are teaching more than one section of a course can request that the sections be merged into a single Canvas course, provided the merger meets the following criterion: students will have occasion to see each other in the same classroom or collaborate (physically or online) with each other for educational or pedagogical reasons related to the course during the semester.
– If you’ve copied content from a previous course, watch out for issues with invalid links or unpublished images (the dreaded padlock!). You can identify these quickly using the Course Link Validator. See this article for more information.
– If you can’t find one of your courses in Canvas, click on the Courses icon and then select All Courses. Click the star next to any course to add it to your Courses menu and your Dashboard. See more information here.

Resources

Check out the new Registrar Quick Links page in the Faculty Resources site. This page contains links to the Registrar resources that are most commonly used by faculty and is listed in the right-hand menu.

If you’re looking for a way to “regain some control over [your] work, [your] commitments, and [your] attention in order to have time and energy to get what [you] want out of both work and life,” check out Robert Talbert’s new blog Intentional Academia. The first post came out on January 9, 2023.

Spring 2023 Opportunities

Communities of Practice

Critical Professor Series

Using various interdisciplinary frameworks, this professional development opportunity will reintroduce faculty to hidden dimensions of their pedagogical identities and actively discuss equity and inclusion inside undergraduate classrooms. Upon completion, participating faculty may be asked to co-facilitate future department level, course diversity audits throughout the College. Participants will meet weekly for 8 weeks beginning January 2023 (lunch will be provided). Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their active engagement. If interested, please complete this Google form by January 5th, 2023. For more detailed information, please contact Heather Moore Roberson at hroberson@allegheny.edu.

Mindful Communication Book Group

How can we slow down to focus on creating conversations, spaces, and a community prioritizing care and compassion? The spring 2023 faculty book group, facilitated by Sharon Wesoky (Political Science), will focus on Oren Jay Sofer’s book Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication to learn the theory behind mindful approaches to communication, as well as specific practices to cultivate skills in presence and patience, curiosity and care, focusing on what matters, and applying these skills to conversations both in and out of the classroom. There will also be the opportunity to participate in optional instruction in mindfulness meditation. Meetings will take place on Mondays (January 23, February 6 and 27, March 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1) from 12:30pm to 1:20pm, with lunch provided, and all participants will receive a copy of the book. Please contact Sharon Wesoky or Rachel Weir with any questions. Interested educators can sign up by completing this form. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Writing Accountability Group

Are you an untenured faculty member (tenure-track, NTTR, visiting, adjunct, etc)? Do you have writing projects you need to complete? Do you need some camaraderie while you work? Please join us for the Writing Accountability Group! We meet one Saturday a month to write (9am-12pm), socialize during lunch (12pm-1pm), and write some more (1pm-4pm). Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested, please email Pam Runestad at prunestad@allegheny.edu for details.

Events

  • May 16 – Spring Educator Resource Institute (click this link to add the event to your calendar)
  • May 17 – Department Chairs Workshop

Faculty Development Digest, December 2022

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Faculty Development Digest. We will use this digest to highlight events and resources that may be of interest to faculty and other educators on campus. The Digest will be posted on the Faculty Resources site periodically throughout the year. If you have an item that you would like to suggest for inclusion in a future issue, please send the details to Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir at rweir@allegheny.edu.

We know you’re in the midst of wrapping up the fall semester but, when you’re ready, we invite you to peruse the spring 2023 faculty development opportunities. These include a Mindful Communication book group and the Critical Professor Series. You can also see what’s coming up by checking out the Faculty Development calendar, which is posted on the Faculty Development Opportunities page.

For now, here are the highlighted items for this issue. The next issue, which should be out in early January, will focus on helpful start-of-semester resources.

Upcoming Events

At noon on December 14, join the GLCA Consortium for Teaching and Learning for a virtual Conversation on Ungrading.

If you’d like to set aside some time to reflect on your fall courses in the company of colleagues, please join us at one or both of the Course Reflection Sessions, which will take place on December 21 and January 5.

If you’ve been notified that you’ve reached your Canvas storage limit or you just want to learn more, check out the workshop on Using Google Storage with Canvas.

Resources

If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to sign up for a free NCFDD (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity) account via Allegheny’s institutional membership; see instructions here.

Once you’ve done that, check out their article It’s Crunch Time, which lists 10 end of semester tips. Our favorites: Lower Your Standards in Non-Essential Areas of Life and Ruthlessly Assess What Grading ACTUALLY Needs To Get Done.

If you’re looking for tips on how to make time for what matters most to you, check out Oliver Burkeman’s blog The Imperfectionist. He’s also offering a masterclass on “letting go of overwhelm and finally getting round to what counts” on January 14 and 15, 2023 (more details here). The cost is $45, which can be reimbursed from your Faculty Travel allowance for this year.

Tech Tips

You can print securely from college-owned devices to any Toshiba printer on campus by selecting Release Printers as the destination, swiping your college ID at the printer, and selecting the print job from the list.

You can also print from your personal devices. No set-up is needed to print from an iPad or iPhone. For other devices, first install the Mobility Print app (see instructions). In both cases, select Release Printers as the printing destination.

Spring 2023 Opportunities

Communities of Practice

Critical Professor Series

Using various interdisciplinary frameworks, this professional development opportunity will reintroduce faculty to hidden dimensions of their pedagogical identities and actively discuss equity and inclusion inside undergraduate classrooms. Upon completion, participating faculty may be asked to co-facilitate future department level, course diversity audits throughout the College. Participants will meet weekly for 8 weeks beginning January 2023 (lunch will be provided). Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their active engagement. If interested, please complete this Google form by January 5th, 2023. For more detailed information, please contact Heather Moore Roberson at hroberson@allegheny.edu.

Mindful Communication Book Group

How can we slow down to focus on creating conversations, spaces, and a community prioritizing care and compassion? The spring 2023 faculty book group, facilitated by Sharon Wesoky (Political Science), will focus on Oren Jay Sofer’s book Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication to learn the theory behind mindful approaches to communication, as well as specific practices to cultivate skills in presence and patience, curiosity and care, focusing on what matters, and applying these skills to conversations both in and out of the classroom. There will also be the opportunity to participate in optional instruction in mindfulness meditation. Meetings will take place on Mondays (January 23, February 6 and 27, March 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1) from 12:30pm to 1:20pm, with lunch provided, and all participants will receive a copy of the book. Please contact Sharon Wesoky or Rachel Weir with any questions. Interested educators can sign up by completing this form. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Writing Accountability Group

Are you an untenured faculty member (tenure-track, NTTR, visiting, adjunct, etc)? Do you have writing projects you need to complete? Do you need some camaraderie while you work? Please join us for the Writing Accountability Group! We meet one Saturday a month to write (9am-12pm), socialize during lunch (12pm-1pm), and write some more (1pm-4pm). Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested, please email Pam Runestad at prunestad@allegheny.edu for details.

Events

  • May 16 – Spring Educator Resource Institute (click this link to add the event to your calendar)
  • May 17 – Department Chairs Workshop

NCFDD Institutional Membership

For easy reference, below is a copy of the May 2022 email sent to faculty about our NCFDD institutional membership.


Dear Faculty Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Allegheny College has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member. The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty at all stages of their career. We encourage all faculty to join the NCFDD through our institutional membership.

They provide a variety of virtual programs and resources including:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer mentoring, problem solving & moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to 14 day writing challenges
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinars, referrals, and readings.

To claim your FREE institutional membership, please complete the following steps:

  • Go to https://www.facultydiversity.org/join
  • Choose Allegheny College from the drop down menu
  • Select “Activate my Membership”
  • Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (allegheny.edu)
  • Go to your institutional email to find a confirmation/welcome e-mail. Click “Activate Account” in the email.

This institutional membership is sponsored by the Provost’s Office with input from the Directors of Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development. If you have any questions about the membership, please contact Heather Moore Roberson. If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at Membership@FacultyDiversity.org.

We hope that you enjoy the benefits of the Institutional Membership.

Sincerely,
Heather Moore Roberson, Director of Faculty Diversity & Inclusion
Rachel Weir, Director of Faculty Development
Ron Cole, Provost and Dean of the College
Angela Haddad, Incoming Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Module 2 Resources

As you prepare for the start of Module 2, here are some resources to keep in mind:

Syllabus Policy

The Syllabus Policy can be found in Section 9.1 of the Faculty Handbook. For a summary of the main points, together with relevant resources, check out the Syllabus Checklist page.

Canvas

For help with Canvas, take a look at the Canvas Tips page. If you haven’t used Canvas before or you need a refresher, check out the video series Set Up Your Canvas Course in 30 Minutes or Less. If you have more specific questions, take a look at the Canvas Instructor Guide.

Tips for Condensed Courses

Although not as condensed as those in Module 1, Module 2 courses are still more condensed than a regular semester (e.g. 3 x 60 minutes over 11 weeks rather than 3 x 50 minutes over 14 weeks). Check out the Best Practices for Condensed Courses post for tips about how to think about a condensed course differently.

Recent Blog Posts and Podcasts

Here is a sampling of resources that you may find useful as you think about your courses:

Tips for Teaching in Modules 1 & 2

Best Practices for Condensed Courses

Modified from a presentation by Traci Freeman, Executive Director of the Colket Center for Academic Excellence at Colorado College and Jen Rouse, Director of the Cornell College Center for Teaching and Learning.

  1. Depth over Breadth
    • Assign fewer readings but ask students to do more with them
    • Ask students to describe their problem-solving processes or categorize problems
    • Problem-based learning/ project-based learning/ case-based learning
  2. Space and Enhance Practice
    • Spiral course material
    • Assign frequent quizzes
    • Make quizzes and tests cumulative
  3. Provide Feedback on Student Learning
    • Peer review on papers and assignments
    • Think-pair-share
    • Clicker questions
    • Individual tests followed by group tests
    • Oral exams/ oral presentations
  4. Relationships and Classroom Climate
    • Invest in relationship-building activities on day one
    • Review syllabus and reading lists
    • Acknowledge tensions, ideally in the moment or the next day
    • Model and invite self-reflection in heated situations
  5. Transparent Teaching
    • Support high student engagement with course design, goals, activities, criteria for assessment
    • Assist students in seeing themselves as learners
    • Design courses around the how and why—essential questions, exploring problems
    • Invite all to take risks, to invent approaches to the challenge or problem, to be outlier thinkers
  6. Enduring Understanding
    • Address transfer of course concepts and skills to other situations
    • Introduce enduring understanding: What will we take with us from this course to make a similar journey? To build on this journey and go further? To create an entirely new journey?
    • Spend time with final assignments early in the course to prepare students for the scaffolding and staging you’ll provide along the way
    • Invite students to discuss what they will take with them

Tips for Delivery of Condensed Courses

Modified from a presentation by Marcia B. France, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Duke Kunshan University.

  1. Build Active/Engaged Learning Communities
    • Use ice breakers —> students more likely to ask for help
    • Require pre-class activities —> increase participation
    • Group work -> build connections
  2. Structure is Essential
    • Use LMS for organization
    • Create modules organized by week or day
    • Hyper-focus on clarity of assignments and explicit instructions
    • Guidelines for group work
    • Set rules for checking/responding to email (for both students and instructor)
  3. Pace Course Evenly
    • Use every course day
    • Stick to schedule
    • Don’t overload the last week
    • Recommendation: no more than ~3 hours of assigned daily work per class day.
  4. Content: Less is More
    • Prioritize retention of content over coverage
    • Let some topics go
    • Deepen key principles, ideas, and skills
    • Remember that students with good skills can access specific content elsewhere, when they need it
    • Use Backward Course Design to create robust learning objectives
    • Link all student work to assignments and objectives
  5. Use Synchronous Meetings Wisely
    • Lecture less than usual
    • Focus more on interactions
    • Vary activities
  6. Vary Synchronous Activities
    • Team-based problem-solving sessions
    • Group presentations (use peer feedback forms)
    • Interactive sessions with guest speakers
  7. Use Asynchronous Activities for Content Delivery and Practice
    • Don’t put full burden of content delivery on yourself. Use pre-recorded videos, Coursera, readings, podcasts, adaptive ebooks, TED talks, etc.
    • Include some meta-teaching on becoming independent learners
    • Provide a framework for synchronous sessions (pre-class assignments, discussion guidelines, study prompts, questions to accompany asynchronous content)
    • Hands-on projects/experiments
    • Use forums and discussion boards to extend in-class activities
    • Provide solutions to homework questions, so students don’t get frustrated when they get stuck
    • Increase writing to reflect on materials, organize thoughts
    • Consider assigning practice partners

DFDI Fall 2021 Drop In Hours

As Director of Faculty Diversity & Inclusion, Heather Moore Roberson will hold drop in hours for faculty in the Gillespie Study (in Brooks Hall) this semester. Faculty who would like to meet with Heather to discuss topics related to DEI, pedagogy, and inclusive excellence are encouraged to stop by! Light Refreshments will be provided. See the flyer below for more information.

Provost Update Emails

An archive of Faculty Update emails from the Provost can now be accessed using the Provost Update Emails link in the menu to the right. This archive will be updated regularly over the course of the year.