UPCOMING TMAC EVENTS
April 24 (Campus Center Viewing Room) 12:20-1:20 p.m.: “Pen-Free Paper Grading: Alternative Approaches to Responding to Student Writers”
Tired of composing comments student never read? Want to make best use of your time as a reader of student work? In this workshop, we’ll survey a range of approaches to grading and guidance using digital tools including audio comments. (Workshop attendees will receive a free copy of Responding to Student Writing by Nancy Sommers, Harvard University.)
May 1 (Faculty Lounge) 12:15-1:15 p.m.: “Grading 101: RU Using RUbrics?”
Some swear by rubrics as tools for grading and communicating expectations. Others are skeptical about, even opposed to, rubrics. In this semester’s session of “Grading 101,” we explore the pros and cons (and do’s and dont’s) of rubric-based assessment drawing upon examples from a range of assignments and disciplines. (Pizza!)
Faculty Spotlight: Drew Humphries (professor, Criminal Justice) discusses how she approaches managing the classroom, both as a teacher and a department chair.
➡ Looking for Gen Ed resources? Learning goals, proposal forms and more are here.
Conversation starters: A new report from Project Information Literacy details the difficulties of first year students in applying high school research skills to college-level assignments.
Research into knowledge transfer suggests that, through explicit instruction, students can retain and apply concepts from one course to another. (Chronicle of Higher Education, 4.07.14)
Asking for Your Apps (Week Seven):
As we build a new section of our site on Digital Teaching, TMAC solicits recommendations for teaching tools and classroom apps.
Piktochart is a free web-based infographic creator that can be used to enhance visual presentations in the classroom or create visually interesting assignment sheets or syllabi. It can also be a way for you or your students to visually represent how ideas relate.
Your turn: what teaching tools/apps do you use? firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Bookshelf: Adam Mackie’s New Literacies Dictionary: Primer for the Twenty-first Century Learner is an ebook focused on how digital literacies, including fan fiction, online communities and Youtube, can be incorporated into modern teaching.
Featured Peer Teaching Center: The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University-Bloomington has a wide-ranging series of short articles (under Resources), from teaching with Wikipedia to creating rubrics. (Your Weekly compiler found the article on avoiding the “late semester doldrums” particularly salient.)
Call for Proposals:
“Thinking and Writing Beyond Two Culture: STEM, WAC/WID, and the Changing Academy” Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd, Quinnipiac University
Deadline for Proposals: Friday, May 23, 2014
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