The new Teaching Consultation Program offers individual consultations to anyone teaching at The College of Saint Scholastica. Consultations provide formative, non-evaluative feedback on teaching practices, based on information gained through a class observation or a review of documents such as a syllabus or an assignment. St. Scholastica faculty serve as Peer Consultants. Alternatively, faculty have the option to request a teaching consultation with the CTE Director. All campus locations of The College are served. See Teaching Consultation Program for details.
In Summer 2013, nine faculty received support for their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) work through the Center for Teaching Excellence's SoTL Summer Stipend program. Participants will share their work at an upcoming session.
The SoTL Learning Community offers a Blackboard site for resources and sharing work, and meetings for ongoing peer support and suggestions. If you'd like to join the next meeting to discuss a future or current SoTL research project, contact Lisa Larson at x6450 or email@example.com.
The Flipped Classroom Pilot Program started in Spring 2013. It has provided pedagogical and technical support to convert three selected lecture-based courses to a flipped course model. In Fall 2013-Spring 2014, the "flipped" courses are being implemented, and research is underway on the pilot projects. Flipped classrooms shift student viewing of lectures to out-of-class work, freeing class time for active, engaged learning. They offer instructor-recorded lectures or replace lectures with existing, often multimedia, materials, and they use class time for the application of new knowledge, skills practice, homework-with-help, collaborative learning, and/or individualized learning.
The expanded 2013-14 Active Learning and Flipped Learning Program will offer workshops and training for faculty who wish to increase the active learning component of a course or to redesign a course using a flipped learning approach.
The Thank a Professor Program offers a new online form for student-to-faculty thank-you messages. Students are invited to express their love of learning by sending a thank-you message to any individual faculty member during Spring semesters. Students may send multiple messages. They may elect to send messages annonymously. Each student message is sent to the selected faculty member in a letter of recognition after the end of Spring semester. The form is available at www.css.edu/thanks beginning three weeks after the start of Spring semester until three weeks before semester end.
The Scholarly Teaching Module is a component of the First Year Faculty Experience. The goals of the Scholarly Teaching Module are to enhance teaching and learning by: fostering reflective teaching practices, encouraging and strengthening the use of a scholarly approach to teaching rooted in disciplinary expertise, facilitating discussion of instructional practices, and developing a supportive community of teaching scholars. For the Scholarly Teaching Module, faculty new to St. Scholastica develop a course portfolio consisting of a set of four written reflections and other documents that describe and analyze a single course they're teaching in Fall semester. At meetings in September, October, November, and February participants share their reflections with other first year faculty as members of a scholarly community.
A discussion group for the book When Race Breaks Out: Conversations about Race and Racism in College Classrooms by Helen Fox (2nd Ed.) is planned for Fall 2013. A set of this book is available for checkout from the Center for Teaching Excellence by faculty and staff who wish to hold small group discussions on it. Additional book discussion groups on teaching-related books are anticipated in Spring 2014. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest a title.
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