For week six of the ACTL newsletter section, we feature a teaching narrative from Jason Koontz. Jason submitted a narrative on a group activism project to the Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Teaching last fall.
Hormone Group Presentation Assignment - Jason Koontz, Department of Biology
The latest issue of MountainRise, the international e-journal for the scholarship of teaching and learning, is available at http://facctr.wcu.edu/mountainrise/issue.html. This issue covers topics such as: student feedback and critical thinking, cooperative service projects, electronic portfolios, and getting to know the millennial generation.
Wednesday, January 14
New Faculty Teaching Circle
3:45 p.m. - Wilson Center
The Faculty Portfolio is a collection of documents, materials or other products that can be used to reflect analytically about your teaching, document your effectiveness as a teacher, organize your research/scholarly work for later use in publications, grant writing, etc. and helps to organize evidence for performance reviews. The session will give some basic information on the different kinds of portfolios as well as practical advice on the ways they can be used by faculty.
Wednesday, January 21
Power Point Workshop
4:00 p.m. - Evald 315
Have you been using PowerPoint in your classroom, but not getting the feedback you hoped? When you turn down the lights, do your students turn down the sheets and fluff up their pillows? Maybe it's time to talk PowerPoint with others having the same problems.
On January 21st at 4:00 p.m. Paul Lewellan (Adjunct Faculty in Business Administration) will host a PowerPoint workshop in Evald 315. This is not a "how-to" introduction to PowerPoint. It is designed for people who already use PowerPoint, but want to use it more effectively.
(In addition to teaching Business Writing and Performance Studies at Augustana, Paul has published 22 short stories. His firm, PHL Consulting, does communication training and executive mentoring for area businesses.)
Thursday, January 22
New Faculty Teaching Circle (repeat of January 14)
10:30 a.m. - Old Main 128
Thursday, January 22
ACTL Faculty Forum
Student Attitudes and Behavior in the Classroom
4:30 p.m. - Old Main 128
Does the gender of a faculty member influence the way students interact and respond in class? Do men and women faculty experience different patterns of student reaction to written comments and critiques? Sharon Varallo will begin the session by presenting a summary of some research on these topics and will help facilitate the follow-up discussion.
- "Students 101: How to tailor your teaching to the interrupter, the hijacker, and other familiar types."http://chronicle.com/weekly/v55/i06/06a12001.htm
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