This tutorial will help you to develop some strategies for dealing with difficult situations in your classes. Incivility disrupts learning and can create an uncomfortable or even hostile environment. Defusing tensions and helping students to see the value of your courses will lead to the development of much more productive classes.
"This tutorial is designed to help you improve your online teaching experience while creating an online environment which will improve student learning.
The discussion in this tutorial will provide thoughtful ideas about building an online community for all the participants in your course. Developing a sense of community among students has been shown in a variety of studies to improve retention and persistence. People tend to try harder and want to participate when they enjoy what they are doing, feel as though they belong, and are challenged to do their best. "
"As an educator, you might often feel frustrated when students don't share your enthusiasm, passion, focus, and commitment to learning. You have such passion for what you teach. You see the importance of knowing and learning about the subject matter. You see how to apply the knowledge and its importance.
You also might see student apathy. You might be asked "Why do we have to learn this?" or "What do I have to know for the test?" Can we motivate our students? What can we do from the 'outside' so that they become motivated from the inside?
This tutorial is based on a weekend seminar presented in February 2005 by Debra Murray, Associate Professor in Psychology at Vertibo University."
"Reflection is what allows us to learn from our experiences: it is an assessment of where we have been and where we want to go next. ~ Kenneth Wolf\n\nReflective practice is the thoughtful skill of thinking through and often discussing an experience with another person. To an extent we all do it - whether formally at work, or informally over coffee/tea with colleagues, friends, or family. There are advantages to being reflective for everyone. You can identify your strengths, enhance them, and thus affect student learning in an even greater way. "
"This resource provides you with a guide as you form your advisory committee and work with its members. The handbook clearly and thoroughly explains the purpose and structure of a committee and the roles of its members. It can serve as a tool for all committee members and may be especially helpful when introducing new members to your committee. Although the handbook was designed specifically for faculty in two-year technical and professional programs, in fact, faculty in all types of programs at all higher educational institutions can benefit from the material in this handbook. "
"Starting out in teaching can be very frustrating and stressful, but when you overcome challenges and genuinely connect with your students, the initial difficulties often seem to fade from memory. \n\nThis tutorial is meant to reduce some of the initial tension that new instructors often feel. Although this handbook may not fully answer any question that may come up, it will hopefully help get you as prepared as possible and help you start on the best path for both you and your students."
"This tutorial addresses issues of concern particular to the adjunct/part-time experience and provides resources to make your experience more enjoyable and rewarding. It contains information about a wide range of topics, and we hope it will be valuable for people just starting out in teaching and for those who have years of experience."
"Many of you will be surprised to find that you already know quite a lot about designing instruction. You plan for your courses by determining what skills and knowledge your new students already have, create assessments based on the goals of your course, and (hopefully) make adjustments along the way as you evaluate your own teaching in relation to your students' reactions.\n\nUsing the principles and models of instructional design, we can avoid many of the problems often experienced by new teachers or anyone facing the requirement to use newer technologies in teaching."
"This self-paced tutorial is designed for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities faculty members interested in learning more about teaching in an online environment. It offers a review of current literature in the field through readings on key topics, practical tips and suggestions for online teaching, and links to Internet resources for further study. "
"This self-paced tutorial is designed for Minnesota college faculty members who are interested in learning more about using teaching strategies that promote active learning in the virtual classroom. It offers a review of current literature in the field through readings on key topics, practical tips and suggestions for online teaching, and links to Internet resources for further study. "
"Writing is common in higher education courses, but many would suggest that it is actually underused or used ineffectively. This tutorial will introduce you to Writing to Learn and Writing Across the Curriculum, and it will also help you develop effective high-stages and low-stakes writing assignments for your courses."
"Welcome to an online weekend seminar. If you were unable to attend our June 2005 weekend seminar, Teaching in a Racially Diverse Classroom, or if you were there and want to review what you heard and learned, this is the spot for you. \n\nMany faculty members avoid teachable moments that involve race and ethnicity, because they are unsure of what to do when the learning environment is uncomfortable. Dr. Tuitt guides educators toward a better understanding of how new approaches to classroom learning can meet the needs of the changing student population.\n\nLearn about methods to address situations that can emerge in racially diverse classrooms or when teaching race-related content or subjects. "
"The information on these pages is from a weekend seminar by Christopher Anson titled: Good Teaching Makes Good Citizens: Designing Plagiarism-proof Assignments.\n\nAnson stated that plagiarism is an important topic, but because it represents the "dark side" of teaching, it's not a favorite topic (even the word, with its Latin root derivation meaning "kidnapping," is pretty sinister). He suggested that instructors try to see plagiarism as an opportunity, not a liability--to see it as an opportunity to think about good teaching practices that help us to dissuade students from behaving unethically while also helping them to learn the complexities of source attribution. "
"This is a self-paced tutorial targeted to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities faculty that that want to make sure that their methods of assessment are accurate, effective, and fair. It contains information from a weekend seminar presented by Barbara Walvoord. If you attended the seminar, this tutorial offers an opportunity to revisit Walvoord's material and suggestions. If you were unable to attend, you have the materials from the workshop to peruse at the pace that works for you."
"This tutorial represents work done by Jack Miller and David Pates from Normandale Community College. Their work was made possible through a Center for Teaching and Learning Instructional Development Grant (this tutorial also contains additional resources not in the grant work). \n\nThey took a fresh look at contemporary materials related to student/peer instruction for non-native speakers of English. They looked at constructing a basic training module for EAP (English for Academic Purposes/ESL) tutors in particular, but it will also be helpful for all student tutors. "
"Welcome to a tutorial that focuses on a 'hot' topic on college campuses. Classroom incivility is any action that interferes with a harmonious and cooperative learning atmosphere in the classroom. Uncivil student behavior not only disrupts and negatively effects the overall learning environment for students but also contributes to instructors' stress and discontent."
"This seminar focused on measures to enhance faculty members' and students' level of diversity awareness as a means for meeting the challenges and difficulties of difference in the classroom. Self-assessment, diversity awareness skill development, personal narrative, storytelling, interactive activities, and methods for developing curricula that enhance students' awareness and appreciation for difference are among the topics addressed."
"Are you looking for simple ways of increasing the amount of interaction with your students? Do you wish that your students interacted more with the course content or with each other during class periods? If so, then this tutorial is for you!"
"This tutorial argues for the benefits of using active learning techniques in diverse classrooms and offers some of the best practices in this area. Active learning can alleviate some of the challenges that arise when teaching a diverse group of students and can build a stronger communal learning environment. "
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