Faculty receive NACTA E.B. Knight Journal Award for their Team-Based Learning article

 Originally posted on Iowa State’s Department of Economics website:

Dr. Georgeanne Artz, Dr. Keri Jacobs, Dr. Christian Boessen

Artz, Jacobs, Boessen publication receives award

Georgeanne Artz, assistant professor, Keri Jacobs, assistant professor, and Christian Boessen, senior lecturer, received notification from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) that their recent publication in the NACTA Journal is being awarded the E.B. Knight Journal Award, which is chosen annually for the top article published in the journal.

The award was established by the NACTA Executive Committee after E.B. Knight’s death in 1965, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to NACTA. Knight received his graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. He taught 1939-1949 at the University of Tennessee and 1949-1964 at the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. Knight was a charter member of NACTA, served as its first president 1955-56, was editor of the journal from 1958-1960, and author of numerous articles published in it.

The award will be made at the June 2017 Annual Conference at Purdue University.

The paper: Artz, G., K. Jacobs, and C. Boessen. 2016. “The Whole is Greater than the Sum: An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Team Based Learning on Student Achievement.” NACTA Journal 60(4): 405-411.

Visit Iowa State’s Department of Economics web post.

The Team-Based Learning award-winning article is available for download from Iowa State’s Digital Repository, The Whole is Greater than the Sum: An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Team Based Learning on Student Achievement (PDF)

Summer 2017 Offering for Team-Based Learning (TBL)

Holly Bender, Associate Director, CELT, has been offering her incredibly popular Team-Based Learning (TBL) series each semester (meeting once weekly for five consecutive weeks) for several years now. Inevitably there are a handful of faculty who are unable to participate because of conflicts with their teaching schedule. Holly will be offering the TBL series this summer if there is enough interest.  If you are interested in participating please fill out the survey below prior to April 24.

Help us to discover the best days/times by participating in CELT’s 2017 Team-Based Learning Summer Offering Qualtrics Survey.


Demonstrating the Team-Based Learning (TBL) teaching approach in Math

In 2016, CELT visited with professor of mathematics Elgin Johnston and senior lecturer of mathematics Heather Bolles as they were using the Team-Based Learning (TBL) teaching approach in their MATH 166: Calculus II course. The course is held in an active learning classroom (213 MacKay Hall). View the Demonstration of the Team-Based Learning (TBL) teaching approach in Math 166: Calculus II YouTube video.

Math faculty examine numbers to improve student learning (Inside Iowa State)

Below is an excerpt from a March 23, 2017 Inside Iowa State article by Paula Van Brocklin that describes Johnston’s and Bolle’s successes. The full Inside Iowa State web article is available at Math faculty examine numbers to improve student learning,

On to calculus

Over the past few years, professor of mathematics Elgin Johnston and senior lecturer of mathematics Heather Bolles have transformed their calculus sections for greater student success using team-based learning (TBL).
What is TBL?

TBL is a form of active and small-group learning that can be implemented in a large classroom. It requires students to do assignments before class in order to inspire more engaging classroom discussions. During class, students work on significant team projects, applying calculus concepts. With support from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant, Johnston and Bolles, with input from faculty in science and engineering, have spent years developing and refining their TBL materials.

Johnston and Bolles assign their students readings, videos and a quiz prior to class. When class convenes, students work in their assigned groups of five to seven individuals, and take the quiz again.

“They almost always do better after the team quiz,” Johnston said.

Greater student success

Bolles said one of the positive outcomes of TBL is that more students physically come to class.

“We’ve had significantly higher attendance rates,” Bolles said. “We had rates as low as 60 percent before the TBL implementation, and now we’re at 85 to 90 percent.”

Johnston attributes the increased participation to students feeling accountable to their teams.

“Some teams get very close by the end of the semester,” he said.

Like McNicholl, Johnston and Bolles measure students’ calculus knowledge at the beginning and end of the semester. What they’ve found is that the students in TBL sections score higher than students in non-TBL classes. In addition, TBL students earn higher scores, on average, on the departmental midterm and final exams.

“TBL lets students be actively engaged in the classroom, and their learning is better for it,” Johnston said.

Team-Based Learning at Iowa State

Iowa State has an active and vibrant group of faculty and graduate students involved in team-based learning. Each semester, CELT offers a team-based learning workshop to help teachers implement this flipped classroom method. CELT also supports an ongoing faculty learning community. After completing the TBL workshop, participants are invited to join the Team-Based Learning Community for additional support from others who are also using TBL in their courses.

To learn how you can get involved with TBL, visit CELT’s Team-Based Learning website.


You’re Invited: The Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning (June 22-24, 1-4 p.m.)

The Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning

This 3-part workshop series will take place Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24 from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m., 198 Parks Library

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an increasingly popular form of flipped-classroom small-group learning that can be implemented effectively in small or large classes. TBL provides students with a more intimate, small class feel even in large theater-style classrooms with fixed seats. TBL teachers report high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking. TBL enhances long-term retention and learning by making use of individual and team preparation and assessment processes, significant in-class problem-based team learning activities, and peer teaching/coaching. TBL students share that they are enjoying the experience and are more motivated to be actively engaged with the course content. In addition, collaboration in teams provides students with valuable experience that is reflective of problem-solving in real-life workplace environments. By participating in this inaugural 3-day workshop series faculty will:

  • Become familiar with TBL, and the four components of TBL (permanent teams, readiness assurance, application activities, and anonymous peer evaluation).
  • Explore strategies on how to implement the TBL approach into your course.
  • Discover the services, resources and development opportunities coordinated by CELT including an active and vibrant group of faculty and graduate  students involved in TBL.

Register is closed for the summer series.

Facilitator: Holly Bender, CELT Associate Director.

Learn more about Team-Based Learning by visiting CELT’s Team-Based Learning website.


Additional Summer Faculty Development Opportunities:

Flipped Classroom Workshop Series (Summer 2016)

Meets on the following Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

This 4-part workshop series offers an opportunity to learn more about the flipped classroom and how to incorporate this approach into a course. Learn more about Flipped Classrooms by visiting the CELT Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom website. Register by visiting Learn@ISU website.


Fall 2016 TBL Workshop Series (Teaching & Learning Circle)

If you are unable to attend the Summer Series – we will be offering the TBL series for five consecutive weeks on Wednesdays for Fall 2016: September 28, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 1:10 – 2:30 p.m. Register by visiting Learn@ISU website.

Register by visiting Learn@ISU website.


CELT is offering a Flipped Classroom Workshop Series this June!

Flipped Classroom Workshop Series
Meets on the following Tuesdays:
June 7, 14, 21, and 28
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

This 4-part workshop series offers an opportunity to learn more about the flipped classroom and how to incorporate this approach into a course. A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy that reverses the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. This approach moves activities, including traditional homework, into the face-to-face classroom. The goal of this summer workshop series is to help instructors and potential instructors start developing their course to a flipped classroom approach. Coordinating Faculty: Jacqulyn Baughman, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering. Learn more about Flipped Classrooms by visiting the CELT Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom website.

*Registration is required for this event prior June 7. When registering for this program – you will register for all four events. *

*Register for CELT events online through the Learn@ISU website*

Part 1: Jun. 7 (Tue.): What is a Flipped Classroom?

In this session, we will introduce what is flipped classroom. And share the current status of flipped classroom implementation in higher education and Iowa State University. A faculty panel with members from different disciplines will share their lesson learned with participants. This interactive discussion will help examine how flipped classroom may guide our students’ learning processes and enhance your instruction. Panelists: Amber Bellville (Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems) and Laura Ellingson (Department of Kinesiology)

Part 2: Jun. 14 (Tue.): How to integrate flipped classroom?

This session will introduce strategies for implementing flipped classroom approach and methods to enhance student engagement. Faculty panel speakers will share detailed implementation examples that include content preparation for both face-to-face and online environments, assessments/evaluations development that aligned with course learning objectives/outcomes. Presenters: Jacqulyn Baughman (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Ganesh Balasubramanian (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Part 3: Jun. 21 (Tue.): Flipped classroom design (Hands-on Activity)

For this session, participants will come prepared with an idea in mind of how they will flip an activity in their course. A summarized overview will be presented to review the challenges and opportunities discussed from session 2. After this discussion, the session will take on a workshop format. Participants will be given time to work on and discuss their own ideas. The facilitators of the session will work with individuals and groups as they think about applying these ideas to their own courses.

Part 4: Jun. 28 (Tue.): What is next step for flipped classroom?

This session will discuss resources and services available at Iowa State to support instructors if they’re interested in flipping their courses. CELT staff will also introduce programming opportunities provided at CELT that can help the instructor to continue to develop their understanding of flipped classroom. In addition, participants will discuss the future of the flipped classroom learning community and develop strategies to expand the current community and encourage active participation. Presenters: CELT staffs, Jacob Larsen (ITS) and Jeanna Nation (Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

Additional Summer Opportunities:  

The Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning Workshop Series

This 3-part workshop series will take place from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Thursday, June 23
  • Friday, June 24

Register by visiting the Learn@ISU website

 


Final Teaching Tip of the School Year

The calendar doesn’t lie- it is just about the end of the semester. Across campus faculty and students are hard at work wrapping up their courses and preparing for summer. And soon campus will take on that quiet, almost eerie calmness, associated with summer in Ames.

As you prepare for summer I want to share two professional development opportunities for your consideration.

We are currently soliciting participants for the CELT Teaching Partners Program. This program is designed to match second or third year tenure-track faculty with a senior faculty member (a successful, experienced teacher) from a differing discipline. This partnership supplements departmental mentoring with a focus on the teaching and student learning components of your position responsibilities. This partnership will begin the first week of September 2016 and continue until May 2017.  The Teaching Partners Program includes monthly meetings with your teaching partner group, attending three Teaching Partner Program events during the academic year, completing classroom visits among the partner group, and attending at least one CELT professional development program during the year.  If you are interested in participating in the CELT Teaching Partners Program as either a senior partner or junior partner, please contact Jen Leptien, CELT Program Coordinator, at 294-1948 (or jenl@iastate.edu) by May 6, 2016.

CELT Associate Director Holly Bender has been offering her incredibly popular 5-week teaching circle focused on team-based learning each semester for a number of years now. Inevitably there are a handful of faculty who are unable to participate because of conflicts with their teaching schedule. Holly is considering offering the teaching circle this summer if there is enough interest. If you are interested in participating respond by visiting the Summer Offering for Team-Based Learning Survey website.