Course Improvement – OLC

The OLC course is keeping me busy! After the learning community discussion, we began looking at rubrics for assessing our courses. MSU has a partnership with Quality Matters, so I have used that rubric before for course design and evaluation, but it was really great...

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Publicity!

I'm probably going to be stopped and asked for my autograph soon! Ok. A little bit of sarcasm there, but I'm feeling a little proud these days. This week this website was featured in the inaugural issue of the Digital Presence and Public Scholarship Initiative (DPPSI)...

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Learning Communities – OLC

We dove right in this week and covered a course aspect I feel needs improvement in my online courses - building learning community. My courses all use a discussion forum to allow students to communicate with each other about the problem set assignment. I used to have...

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Online Teaching Certification – OLC

For the next 10 weeks I am going to be participating in the first course of an online teaching certification through the Online Learning Consortium. I am very excited for this professional development opportunity. I have an amazing group of teaching-focused colleagues...

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Digital Syllabus!

I've been tinkering with this idea for a bit, but I finally figured out the tools to accomplish exactly what I wanted! For this semester, I have created a digital syllabus for my online graduate course. My hope is that a website-structure will allow for easier...

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Reflection on Cosh (1998) – Adams Academy

This article has blown my mind. In most instances, peer observation is used as an evaluative tool, which puts power and judgement in the hands of colleagues. In some situations, this can work well. In some, it just becomes a collective way for faculty to give (perhaps unworthy) praise of each other, and in some, it is detrimental to collegiality and function of a department or unit.

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Peer Observations – Adams Academy

This month in Adams Academy we are chatting about peer observations of teaching practices. This topic is quite relevant for me because we are having similar discussions in another faculty group with which I am involved.My college has established recommendations for...

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Student Motivation – Adams Academy

For our October meeting, we read Svinicki, Marilla D. "Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning." Accounting Education News 33.3 (2005): 7-10. This article first discussed different types of student motivation. First (and the most welcomed by faculty) is...

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Digital Portfolio – Adams Academy

As part of the Walter & Pauline Adams Academy of Instructional Excellence and Innovation, we will be curating our digital teaching portfolio. Some folks will be starting from scratch, creating a website for the first time. Others, like yours truly, already manage...

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Adams Academy

I have been selected as a member of the Walter & Pauline Adams Academy of Instructional Excellence and Innovation at MSU. The program consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and academic staff who meet once a month to explore literature on teaching and...

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