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What happens during the first week of class sets the tone for the entire term and can affect retention and student success. For students to work well together in classes, a degree of trust must exist between them, and building this trust quickly is key. Learn about the concept of swift trust, which comes from business but applies to education as well.
This Magna Online Seminar presents a framework of expert-level teaching practices, all backed by the science of how our brains learn. Adopting three elements of a constructivist teaching approach can help to make learners more active, curious, and engaged, all while reducing your workload as an instructor.
Learning outcomes and objectives are the first step in backwards design. As such they hold the primary spot in the course development process. Faculty engaged in course or program development who are ill-equipped to design meaningful and measurable outcomes face the prospect of a poorly designed course and less than meaningful learning experiences for students.
This online seminar addresses ways faculty can provide students with skills to identify and contend with ethical matters in specific disciplines and professions, civic life, and as part of the educational process (including academic integrity and interpersonal interactions). We will also discuss ethical considerations for instructors—particularly those new to the profession—around dilemmas they often encounter, including grading, recommendation letters, and boundaries in interactions with students.
Gain insight into your possible teaching “blind spots,” learn the power of using concrete examples to help students grasp abstract concepts, explore the wide variety of example types that can be used in teaching, and learn the most effective pacing of examples in a course.
Curriculum mapping (tracking the achievement of program outcomes to the course) is often required at institutions for quality assurance and curriculum improvement. It is a concept that was fairly new in 2010 (Wolf’s first MOS) and is now widely accepted. However, many institutions are stuck at data collection and haven’t been able to aggregate the data from a course level up to a program level, and even better, include data from other divisions of the institution.
Learn several design-based first-year supports, how to create opportunities in the facilitation of your courses to create and build classroom skills, and how to plan/implement evaluations to continue to support students in their educational journey. Designing with students in mind first helps you be purposeful in your approach to building their skills and meeting their needs.