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February 13, 2017

A Deeper Dive on Complex Topics

“Heart” is our campus theme for February.  An early Happy Valentine’s Day!

A follow-up to one of last week’s events: Thank you to the group of folks who attended the LGBTQ-Friendly campus session with Daniela Mansbach.  We learned more about the Campus Pride index and related activities to support our students, including the use of gender pronouns.  Coming up on March 7 at 1 p.m. is a national webinar on Gender Expression in the CETL conference room (Swenson 2074).  ANYONE is welcome to attend. This includes student employees!

Teaching and learning strategies for complex content

We are a month into classes, and spring is just around the corner according to the weekend temps.  Hmm…..might it come early? Watching the snow melt makes me think of the things we uncover during the semester.  A month in, and students are applying previous-learned concepts to their work (academic, professional, personal and other) and learning new ideas and skills.  The challenge that we experience as educators, supervisors and mentors is finding the time to do the “deep dive” that we need to on more complex topics.  Several teaching and learning strategies can help with this – Lecture Capture and the Flipped Classroom – the focus of our Tech Bytes this week.

Thank you to Del Wright and Tom Tu, CETL staff for providing the Tech Byte content.

Tech Bytes – Using Lecture Videos to Supplement Your Instruction

As a teacher, you can likely identify course content or complex concepts that prove difficult for some students to learn, especially when there just is not enough class time available to do a thorough discussion.  One strategy would be to produce a short supplemental lecture video(s) covering those complex concepts for pre-lecture learning modules. Students can get the important parts of the lecture before the traditional lecture time, allowing you to free-up more classroom time for that deep dive with the students, essentially a flipped course module. These have been found to be effective in face-to-face courses and those online.

Successful use of the flipped classroom doesn’t require you to flip the curriculum for the entire courses, start with just a few supplemental instruction modules and build from there. Interested in knowing more? Below are links to a few select videos on the topic that may be helpful. For direct UW-Superior CETL support contact Del Wright dwrigh11@uwsuper.edu

Flipping the Classroom – Bill Wischusen (2014 – LSU Center for Academic Success) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT_A1sez0Pk

University of Portland: The Impact of the Flipped Classroom – Loretta Krautscheid (Kaltura Case Study Series) http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/811441/uiconf_id/33053501/entry_id/0_z3p6h827/embed/dynamic

What is a Flipped Classroom – Oliver Schinkten (Create Flipped Classroom Lessons with Office Mix – Lynda.com) https://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/What-flipped-classroom/491531/528734-4.html

This week’s events

We have a number of upcoming opportunities to help us learn diverse perspectives and develop skills for teaching and learning, including the use of technology. All these sessions are in the CETL conference room unless noted (Swenson 2074) and light refreshments are served. In addition to the info below, please see attached invites that you can save to our Outlook calendar.

  • Lynn Amerman Goerdt, the Global Awareness Coordinator, will discuss Collaborative Online International Learning TODAY, February 13 from 11:30 – 12:50 in Swenson 2004.  This training will provide an opportunity to discuss idea for using UW-S technology to facilitate classroom-to-classroom experiences, ideally from our campus to classrooms in other countries.  This is just one way to expand our global learning opportunities for our students.  Zoom technology will be used during the training in order to see its capability for establishing a COIL project or exchange with classrooms/colleagues abroad.  Please bring questions, ideas, or experiences to share.
  • Supporting Growth in Non-traditional Students with Monte Stewart and students from the Vets and Non-traditional Student Center is THIS Wednesday, February 15 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Come here the perspectives of students and brainstorm ideas to address challenges in learning.
  • Grading: A Student’s Point of View with Beth Austin has been POSTPONED.

Monica Roth Day, EdD, MSW, LGSW

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February 7, 2017

Community and Diverse Perspectives

“Heart” is our campus theme for February.  In these first weeks of the year of the Rooster, we’ve seen active responses to national events, including people coming together in community.  This includes the Oxfam dinner, Chinese New Year celebration at UW – S and the potluck at the Islamic Center of the Twin Ports as well as many other events. In the midst of challenge and transition, it is important that we come together to celebrate the diversity in the world and learn from one another.

We are a world-wide community with many perspectives and complex relationships. By integrating global perspectives and awareness into our work, we can help the campus (employees and students) expand academic and personal learning and skills. Global Awareness is one of UW – Superior’s High Impact Practices and includes study abroad, campus classroom (including Learn@Superior), and other experiences.

Tech tools can be used to promote more face-to-face conversations and genuine discovery about new perspectives. Come learn about the new tools with us!  Lynn Amerman Goerdt, the Global Awareness Coordinator, will discuss Collaborative Online International Learning on Monday, February 13 from 11:30 – 12:50 in Swenson 2004.  This training will provide an opportunity to discuss idea for using UW-S technology to facilitate classroom-to-classroom experiences, ideally from our campus to classrooms in other countries.  This is just one way to expand our global learning opportunities for our students.  Zoom technology will be used during the training in order to see its capability for establishing a COIL project or exchange with classrooms/colleagues abroad.  Please bring questions, ideas, or experiences to share.

Upcoming events: We have a number of upcoming opportunities to help us learn diverse perspectives and develop skills and activities. All these sessions are in the CETL conference room (Swenson 2074) and light refreshments are served. In addition to the info below, please see attached invites that you can save to our Outlook calendar.

  • The Global Awareness and Inclusivity Community of Practice meets THIS Wednesday, February 8 from noon – 12:50. New members are welcome! Please contact the facilitator, Ephraim Nikoi, with questions.
  • Creating an LGBTQ Friendly Campus with Daniela Mansbach on Thursday, February 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Daniela will talk about creating an inclusive environment related to LGBTQ student populations, including the importance of language.
  • Supporting Growth in Non-traditional Students with Monte Stewart and students from the Vets and Non-traditional Student Center is on Wednesday, February 15 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Come here the perspectives of students and brainstorm ideas to address challenges in learning.
  • Grading: A Student’s Point of View with Beth Austin is on Monday, February 20 from noon – 12:50. How do students approach assignments and grading?  Beth worked with her students to find out!

Monica Roth Day, EdD, MSW, LGSW
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning