Framing How You Think About Your Teaching

A recent article published by Kern, et al. (2015) provides insightful consideration of the role the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) plays in the academy. The authors state the goal of the paper is “to present a model to assist both faculty and administrators with appropriately positioning SoTL’s role within the academic missions of universities.” As part of their research the authors conceptualized teaching related activities using two dimensions resulting in four quadrants. These quadrants include: “the practice of teaching, sharing about teaching, scholarly teaching, and scholarship of teaching and learning”. The quadrants combine to create the DART Matrix and each quadrant includes an array of activities and outputs that relate to the quadrant title. I found that the concept and the matrix itself helped me re-frame how I think about my teaching. The article reference is below, and I think it is well worth the time to read.

On November 3rd, Sara Marcketti Professor and CELT Associate Director for SoTL, is leading a session on the DART Matrix. In this session, she will guide participants through a reflective exercise to consider the teaching activities they are currently engaged in and how they may further develop their teaching or SoTL practice in the future. Additionally, she will describe how faculty might use the DART matrix to document their teaching. To participate visit Documenting Your Teaching using the DART Matrix website.

We hope to see you there.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Reference
Kern, B., Mettetal, G., Dixson, M., & Morgan, R. K. (2015). The role of SoTL in the academy: Upon the 25th anniversary of Boyer’s scholarship reconsidered. JoSoTL Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 15(3), 1. doi:10.14434/josotl.v15i3.13623 Retrieved from http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/view/13623


Faculty workshop focuses on an inclusive classroom

CELT is offering a 3-hour faculty workshop on classroom environments that are inclusive and support all students. It will be offered two more times this fall semester (Nov. 9 and Dec. 1) and five times during spring semester (Jan.5, Jan. 27, Feb. 22, Mar. 28, and Apr. 20). Faculty participants complete online learning modules in the week prior to the face-to-face workshop. Register online via Learn@ISU.

Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop

Today’s university classrooms are more diverse than in the past. With this diversity of students comes the need to ensure the learning environments associated with courses are inclusive and designed to support all students. This faculty workshop includes pre-workshop online learning modules and an interactive face-to-face workshop focused on creating an inclusive classroom environment. Pre-workshop learning modules will be available at least one week prior to the workshop and should be completed prior to the start of the face-to-face program. By participating in this workshop faculty will:

  • Learn about teaching inclusively and why it is important at Iowa State University
  • Identify their own attitudes towards inclusion, acknowledge how it impacts teaching, and develop strategies to be more inclusive
  • Enhance self-awareness and instructional skills that may contribute to our inclusive campus environment
  • Become familiar with student support resources at Iowa State University

Prerequisite: Faculty may choose to attend one of the following program offerings by registering via Learn@ISU website:

Fall 2016

  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1:10 – 4:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

Spring 2017

  • Thursday, Jan. 5, 1:10 – 4:00 p.m., 198 Parks Library
  • Friday, Jan. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:10 – 5:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2:10 – 5:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Thursday, April 20, 2:10 – 5:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

Inclusive Classrooms Benefit All Learners

University classrooms are more diverse today than ever before. With this diversity of students comes the need to ensure the learning environments we create in our courses and in the classrooms are inclusive and designed to support all students. We need to acknowledge and accept students with perspectives other than our own, to diversify our syllabi, to be more aware of classroom dynamics, and to pay more attention to how our students are experiencing the learning process.

Incorporating inclusiveness into our teaching requires a purposeful approach. In speaking to other faculty about this topic I’ve heard a common theme of “I’m not sure where to start”. CELT’s Inclusive Classroom Workshop is a great place to start. In spring 2016 CELT led an Inclusive Classroom Task Force of undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty with expertise in diversity and inclusion issues. The task force was charged with designing a faculty development program that includes online learning modules and a face-to-face workshop. Task force members provided guidance in creating an inclusive classroom framework titled Strategies to Create an Inclusive Course (PDF), and also a Mindful and Learner-Centered Syllabus Checklist (PDF). Their input also shaped the content of the online learning modules and the workshop. The workshop is scheduled monthly throughout this academic year and the upcoming dates are below. Please visit CELT’s Creating and Inclusive Classroom website for additional resources.

We can all play a role in creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for our students.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching


Time to Apply for the CELT Miller Faculty Fellowship Program

The Miller Faculty Fellowship has been in existence at Iowa State University since 1996. The competitive grant program supports faculty members to “enhance their scholarly work in the undergraduate academic programs of the university and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning”. Over the course of twenty years, the Miller Fellowship Program has funded over $3 million dollars worth of projects to nearly 600 faculty members within each of the colleges of the university. Previous Miller Faculty Fellows have noted that the funding not only improved their undergraduate teaching, but also furthered their professional development when the funds served as seed-funding for external grants, created opportunities for scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and provided other reputation-building opportunities. One former Miller Faculty Fellowship recipient noted-
“Since the Miller Funding, I have written three articles and am currently composing a book. I have also written and obtained a grant from an external agency. This all stemmed from the initial Miller grant funding.”

CELT is now accepting proposals for 2017/2018 Miller Faculty Fellowships
The proposal deadline is Monday, December 5, 2016. Please see Miller Faculty Fellowship Program for 2017 – 2018 for full details. If you have questions, please contact Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at sbb@iastate.edu.

If you are interested in presenting your scholarship of teaching and learning work at a regional conference, I would encourage you to submit a proposal for the 18th Midwest SoTL Conference, which will be held in South Bend, Indiana on April 7, 2017. The conference theme is Big Gifts Come in Small Packages: Small Changes That Work! I’ve attended the conference in the past and found it to be a great opportunity to meet other colleagues involved in SoTL projects in the Midwest. Proposals are due February 3, 2017 and more information is available on the Midwest SoTL Conference website.

We hope to see you there,
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

2017 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy: Call for Proposals Due on October 14

Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

February 15-17, 2017

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

The 9th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practices and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research.

Call for Proposals due on October 14

Proposals are sought for sessions focused on effective instructional practices and research aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. Four types of conference sessions are offered: Practice Sessions, Research Sessions, Conversation Sessions, and Poster Sessions.

To learn about potential topics and how to submit a proposal visit Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy website.


Starts this week: Coffee & Crucial Conversations (Sept. 23)

Coffee and Crucial Conversations will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to dialogue about teaching inclusively at Iowa State University. The intent of these conversations will be to help build a stronger teaching community, create collaborative partnerships, and develop effective teaching practices for meeting the diverse needs of our students. Each month we will choose a topic based on input from our teaching community. Register via Learn@ISU website. This discussion group will be held on the following Fridays:

  • September 23 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • October 28 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • November 11 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • December 2 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Upcoming professional development opportunities about inclusion:

Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop

Prerequisite: Faculty may choose to attend one of the following fall semester offerings by registering via Learn@ISU website at least one week prior to the event :

  • Monday, October 10, 2:10 – 5:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Wednesday, November 9, 1:10 – 4:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Thursday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

Today’s university classrooms are more diverse than in the past. With this diversity of students comes the need to ensure the learning environments associated with courses are inclusive and designed to support all students. This faculty workshop includes pre-workshop online learning modules and an interactive face-to-face workshop focused on creating an inclusive classroom environment. By participating in this workshop faculty will:

  • Learn about teaching inclusively and why it is important at Iowa State University
  • Identify their own attitudes towards inclusion, acknowledge how it impacts teaching, and develop strategies to be more inclusive
  • Enhance self-awareness and instructional skills that may contribute to our inclusive campus environment
  • Become familiar with student support resources at Iowa State University

How to Foster Safe Spaces for Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, October 20, 12:10 – 1:00 p.m.
2030 Morrill Hall

What do we mean by inclusion? What do we mean by diversity? As teachers, our answers to these questions are vital not only for our own teaching philosophy but also for the culture we are creating in our classrooms, which can perpetuate into workplaces after graduation. Dr. Kristen Constant, Morrill Professor, Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering and Chair, Materials Science & Engineering, will help you create a classroom experience that supports diversity and inclusion. Her humorous, data-driven examples can help students in your classroom gain a language with which to discuss diversity and inclusion, help you create a safe space to train future professionals to recognize what inclusion looks like, and help both you and your students not just make room for diversity, but invite and value diverse ideas and experiences into critical thinking processes in both formal and informal settings. Register via Learn@ISU website.


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You’re Invited: Expanding Diversity Perspectives Faculty Workshop (Sept. 16-17)

handstogetherYou are invited to the “Expanding Diversity Perspectives” faculty workshop, which will address pedagogical strategies that foster appreciation for and commitment to honoring diversity, equity and inclusion within and beyond the classroom and studio. The workshop will be led by Dr. Geneva Gay, professor of education at the University of Washington-Seattle, who is nationally known for her scholarship on multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching.

Three goals have been set for the Expanding Diversity Perspectives faculty workshop:

  • Increase understanding of the importance of addressing and integrating issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the education and professional preparation of students.
  • Expand knowledge of effective strategies for building community and equity within the classroom/studio.
  • Increase integration of the contributions of diverse groups and pluralistic perspectives in course content, class assignments and studio projects.

FORMAT

The event will begin with a public lecture on “Culturally Responsive Teaching” by Dr. Gay at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Kocimski Auditorium.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall. Building on Friday night’s lecture, Dr. Gay will detail the practice of culturally responsive teaching and guide faculty in generating ideas for the courses they teach.

REGISTER

There are 15 seats left. To participate, RSVP to Mark Chidister, by Friday, Sept. 9

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The workshop is made possible by a grant from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, funding from the College of Design Office of the Dean and support from University Museums.

Sincerely,
Mark Chidister, Senior Associate Dean
Audrey Kennis, Multicultural Liaison Officer
Monica Haddad, Associate Professor of Community & Regional Planning and College of Design Equity Officer
Barbara Caldwell, Associate Professor of Art & Visual Culture


Finding New or Better Ways to Engage Our Students in the Classroom

I’ve spoken to a number of colleagues from across campus over the past few months and asked them what their teaching plans were for this fall semester. One of the common themes in our conversations was their desire to find new or better ways to engage students in the classroom environment. For some that meant requesting a classroom space with moveable furniture that more easily supports active learning strategies. For others, it meant fully converting their course to a team-based learning format. Another group of colleagues were thinking about new ways to effectively engage students in class discussions. All of them had a true desire to enhance their students’ learning experiences. I look forward to checking in with them mid-semester to see how things are going.
If you are looking for ways to increase student engagement, this upcoming CELT program may be of interest. CELT is hosting a four-part series on Evidence-Based Techniques to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement that will provide examples of how to engage students across the entirety of the course. The program series features a fantastic group of ISU faculty from a variety of disciplines who will describe how to implement effective instructional design based on cognitive psychology and the learning retrieval practice. The first session is Thursday, September 8, 2:30-4:00. More information is available on the CELT Events and Registration website.
We hope you can join us!
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching