Teaching and Learning News http://blog.umd.edu/cte Just another blog.umd.edu Sites site Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:26:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blog.umd.edu/?v=3.8.1.1 Fast Friends – A Scientific Icebreaker http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/08/20/fast-friends-a-scientific-icebreaker/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/08/20/fast-friends-a-scientific-icebreaker/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:42:21 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1393 A new semester, a new class, a new group of students – the abundance of novel information can be a overwhelming for everyone. To ease students into the initial moments of a new class many teachers employ icebreakers. Yet, not every icebreaker will foster the anticipated results of building a better rapport within the classroom. In addition, many students don’t see the value of these activities. Dr. Dylan Selterman (Psychology) offers one proven activity from his class that students find enjoyable and immediately engages them in the course.

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University of Maryland Graduate Teaching Orientation 2014 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/08/01/university-of-maryland-graduate-teaching-orientation-2014/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/08/01/university-of-maryland-graduate-teaching-orientation-2014/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:15:30 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1379 At the beginning of each academic year the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC, formerly CTE) offers incoming graduate student instructors an essential introduction to teaching at a large research university. In workshops and seminars graduate student instructors have the chance to learn how to manage their workload and stay sane as graduate teaching assistants, how to grade effectively and efficiently, how to lead group discussions, or how to work with a diverse student body. The TLTC also offers special sessions for international graduate teaching assistants, and teaching in an unfamiliar cultural environment.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP here (lunch and breakfast provided).

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Unexpected Lessons from Flipping a Class http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/07/09/unexpected-lessons-from-flipping-a-class/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/07/09/unexpected-lessons-from-flipping-a-class/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:33:27 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1346 Taking the leap to flip your course may come with unexpected challenges. The devil is often hiding in the details. Planning your class may be more time consuming than it first appears or finding appropriate class activities may prove to be more difficult than expected. Dr. Sarah Balcom provides advice to circumvent some of these challenges when you are planning to flip your classroom.

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Creating Grading Rubrics (with Chocolate Chip Cookies) http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/06/10/creating-grading-rubrics-with-chocolate-chip-cookies/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/06/10/creating-grading-rubrics-with-chocolate-chip-cookies/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:35:41 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1338 Assessment of student comprehension and performance is often accomplished through the use of rubrics. Hans Lemke and Mike Keller (Biological Sciences Programs) explore in this workshop video what a rubric is (and what it is not), the benefits and pitfalls of using them, and best practices for building rubrics. A universally approachable problem, the judging of chocolate chip cookies, was employed to model the rubric development process and address the different challenges when building grading rubrics.

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Experiential Learning In- and Outside the Classroom http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/06/10/experiential-learning-in-and-outside-the-classroom/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/06/10/experiential-learning-in-and-outside-the-classroom/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:36:08 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1330 Barbara Jacoby is the Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland. In this workshop video, she gives an introduction how to teach experiential learning inside a classroom. Simply put, experiential learning is the intentional combination of experience and learning so that each enhances the other. It is an excellent pedagogy for developing skills as well as knowledge, for encouraging deep understanding of learning complex concepts, and for applying theory to practice, and for preparing students to be critically reflective professionals. Experiential learning is widely recognized as a high-impact educational practice, generally viewed as happening outside the classroom through such experiences as internships, study abroad, and service-learning. However, experiential learning works also very well inside the classroom. Experiential learning inside the classroom is ideal for students whose busy lives or economic circumstances do not allow them to engage in traditional experiential learning outside the classroom.

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Integrating Research into your Classroom: A Planning Guide http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/04/30/integrating-research-into-your-classroom-a-planning-guide/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/04/30/integrating-research-into-your-classroom-a-planning-guide/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:09:05 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1320 Integrating research into the classrooms often starts with providing students the skill set to critically discern relevant information. But that is not always easy. Before setting out to create research assignments for your students it may be helpful to take a step back and see possible pitfalls ahead. This guide offers crucial considerations and help when designing assignments or even your syllabus.

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Fostering a Classroom Community: Lessons learned at the Lilly D.C. conference http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/04/17/fostering-a-classroom-community-lessons-learned-at-the-lilly-d-c-conference/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/04/17/fostering-a-classroom-community-lessons-learned-at-the-lilly-d-c-conference/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:49:25 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1312 Creating a classroom environment that facilitates teaching and learning can sometimes be a challenge. One approach is to foster a feeling of community within your classes and among your students. Being part of a classroom community can help the mutual understanding of students’ divers and unique perspectives that may be expressed during discussions.

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Visual Storytelling: A Makeover Session for your Message http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/03/27/visual-storytelling-a-makeover-session-for-your-message/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/03/27/visual-storytelling-a-makeover-session-for-your-message/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:06:25 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1303 Stories are a powerful way to share and retain complex information. There is no place as important to have an audience absorb complex information as the classroom. Students’ shorter attention spans demand engaging, sometimes even entertaining approaches to teaching, yet few master the art of storytelling as a pedagogical technique. In this workshop video, Dr. Oliver Schlake from the Smith School of Business presents an overview of how to improve visual storytelling in the classroom.

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Student Writing to Build Knowledge Across Disciplines http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/03/04/student-writing-to-build-knowledge-across-disciplines/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/03/04/student-writing-to-build-knowledge-across-disciplines/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:17:25 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1297 We think and communicate differently in each discipline. When used effectively, subject-specific writing can help students better understand and navigate disciplinary conventions of thought and speech. This video provides  an overview about the kinds of writing valued by specific disciplines. It also provides suggestions for developing writing activities and assignments that will help students learn (rather than simply mimic) the discourse of the field.

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MEEC – Changing the University Lecture http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/02/18/meec-changing-the-university-lecture/ http://blog.umd.edu/cte/2014/02/18/meec-changing-the-university-lecture/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:41:24 +0000 http://blog.umd.edu/cte/?p=1294 Engagement in the classroom is key to student learning.  Assistant Professor Ronald A. Yaros at the University of Maryland’s Journalism school proposes a unique way to hold students’ attention by using tablets in his lectures. Professor Yaros creates a new kind of classroom experience, which he calls a MEEC (manageable educational environment for collaboration) by shifting students’ focus from a front screen to the iPads right in front of them. His research shows promising results that mixing tablet technology within a physical classroom setting will actively engage students. 

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