Teaching Talks March

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Volume 1 -Issue VI –  March 2013

Webinars on Teaching and Learning in March

As the Winter Term winds down, consider registering for one of these webinars to help you begin to prepare for the spring term.

On NextGen Education as a Game Changer

When: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: Mark Milliron, Western Governors University

This presentation presents a framework for catalytic conversation on what research and practice are showing we need to expect of students and the nextgen education systems that serve them if we want education to continue to be an economic, social, and personal game changer for students. From challenging students to bring purpose, engagement, and tenacity to bear on their education journeys, to exploring how we put innovation and technology-use in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, data-rich, and high-value education pathways, we’ll share models and vision a future where more striving students succeed.

Adding Some JUMBO Motivation to Online Courses and Activities with TEC-VARIETY Model

When: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: Curt Bonk, Indiana University

Everyone is talking about the need to motivate and engage learners. This is true in face-to-face classrooms and even truer in online environments. Many students are unhappy due to bland online content and unimaginative activities. Many others are bored since the course does not utilize current technologies. They love their iPads, iPhones, and other mobile technologies and want their instructors to utilize them. Some feel that the instructors have not addressed their preferred learning approaches. They want hands-on activities as well as time to explore the resources they find the Web. All they simply want is more variety, or more specifically, they want ‘TEC-VARIETY’. Bonk’s new instructional design model for online learning — TEC-VARIETY — will break online instructors and students out of boring online learning. This session will outline dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate and engage online learners in deeper learning experiences.

RosEvaluation Online Conference Event


WHERE: Participate from anywhere

WHEN: April 1 and 2, 2013

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has a long tradition of offering an annual assessment conference on our campus.  This year we are expanding the global reach of the conference by offering the RosEvaluation Conference as an online event.  I hope you will take advantage of participating in the high quality webinars that will be broadcast on April 1 and 2, 2013.

Keynote Speakers:

Rebecca Bates, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Ron Ulseth, P.E., Instructor and Director, Iron Range Engineering at Itasca Community College and Minnesota State University, Mankato

Keynote Topic: “Assessing Project-Based Learning: Providing Evidence for Continuous Improvement”

Iron Range Engineering is an upper-division engineering program that uses a 100% project-based pedagogy. The learning model integrates technical, professional and engineering design content in a series of four semester-long projects. As part of our application for ABET accreditation, we have developed approaches and tools for assessment and continuous improvement. This talk will present a description of our educational model, including examples of courses and projects that have been used in our program. Program-level tools include student outcome portfolios, stakeholders input sessions and 4 faculty summits a year. Course- and project-level tools include a broad range of activities including oral exams, reflection memos, deep learning activity reports, scoping documents, final design reviews and client reviews of work and presentations. Participants should gain knowledge about potential tools or combination of tools to use for assessing project-based work at the course or program level.

Visit website for more details and to register: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/roseval.aspx


Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom

Faculty Focus’ February 25 issue elaborates on how Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Instructional Practice apply to online teaching and learning. Read more here.

  1. Encourage contact between students and faculty.
  2. Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students.
  3. Encourage active learning.
  4. Give prompt feedback.
  5. Emphasize time on task.
  6. Communicate high expectations.
  7. Respect diverse talents and ways of learning.