Tag: teaching

Mar 17

Snow Days and Deep Learning

by: Ed Brantmeier Does another snow day have you troubled? How can you meet your learning objectives in your course with less face to face time? Here are a few ideas that might promote deep learning, despite the snowy reality of class cancellation: Ask students to develop a creative project that exemplifies the learning goals …

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Jan 28

In Case You Missed It… JMU Year One: Teaching First Year Students (1/24/2014)

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.   Last Friday, Jim McConnel and Kristin Sowden engaged …

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Jan 22

In Case You Missed It… Teaching and Engaging Millennial Learners

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.   Last week at the CFI, Dr. Cara Meixner …

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Sep 10

Making Peace with PowerPoint

by: Douglas R. Harrison It’s the Sunday afternoon before classes begin for the new academic year and, having reviewed and revised my lesson plans for the week, I realized that I’ve finally made my peace with PowerPoint. This has taken more than a little time. For nearly 15 years as a college teacher, I have …

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Apr 25

Gauging Student Learning Through Surveys

by: Andreas Broscheid At the end of every semester we want to – or are required to – find out how successful our classes were. Final papers, project reports, and exams are part of determining whether students achieved the goals we set for them, and student course evaluations give students the opportunity for class feedback …

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Apr 09

Two-way Streets, Mutual Understanding, and May Symposium

by: Ed Brantmeier Mutual understanding is a two-way street concept, particularly in the context of cross-cultural exchange and communication. The two-way street concept is about learning from one another in authentic, relational ways that foster perspective consciousness (Hanvey, 1976) and deepened self-awareness. It is not simply about learning about “others” — a one-way street approach. …

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Mar 29

Is Any Of This Doing Any Good?

by: Elizabeth V. Berkeley A colleague (whom I respect) said to me, in response to my mention of an interest in assessment, “Americans are the only academics obsessed with assessment”. Well, as a relatively novice teacher, I want to know if what I’m doing is doing any good. Will my students be better scientists if …

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Mar 21

Why initiate a Shenandoah Valley STEM Collaborative?

by: Elizabeth V. Berkeley When I read the CFI announcement for the Shenandoah Valley STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Collaboration, I immediately signed up. This pilot group, meeting 6 times over spring semester, invited faculty from STEM or STEM teacher education disciplines from JMU, Blue Ridge Community College, Eastern Mennonite University and Bridgewater College. …

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Mar 19

Bringing Your Whole Self To Teaching: Self-Disclosure and Vulnerability

by: Ed Brantmeier Sharing elements of your life story with your students to deepen their learning and to model positive self-reflection is tricky business given the interpersonal boundaries typical of student and teacher relationships. We will explore those boundaries with some assumptions, guidelines, and ways of applying concepts of vulnerability in positive ways to create …

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Mar 12

May Symposium 2013: 7 Years in the Making…

by: Carol Hurney I can hardly believe the CFI is on the verge opening registration for the 7th Annual May Symposium. [cue celebratory trumpets] … It only seems like yesterday when I walked into Karen Santos’ office and posed a crazy idea. [cue flashback music] I told her that the CFI should offer repeat performances …

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