Category Archive: Miscellaneous

Sep 24

Thank you!

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Thanks for attending our presentation and for all the positive feedback. We all appreciate it. We received a really nice note that Sherrie Myers had wanted to be read at the conclusion of our presentation (perhaps after the Fish Tech award ceremony  😀 ) and it was such a nice note, that we wanted to share …

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Sep 16

FLC is Looking for A Few Good Men/Women

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It’s almost time for the Title III team to turn over the reins of the Faculty Learning Corner to Maureen O’Halloran and perhaps a handful of faculty interested in participating in the creative blog authoring process. Our goal in creating this academic blog for UAS was to: Encourage thoughtful dialogue across UA Southeast Build a …

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Sep 14

Rubrics (Misfire on first post this morning, sorry)

Do you use rubrics? Maryellen Weimer explores both the advantages and disadvantages of using rubrics in Exploring the Advantages of Rubrics, Faculty Focus, September 2015. She clearly states that research shows that rubrics: Have value when used to determine what criteria make papers, projects and performances excellent Improve a student’s own product after the student …

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Sep 10

More About Drawing Stick Figures

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It looks like our Faculty Challenge #5 might been too difficult or you didn’t quite buy the premise that stick figure drawings could enhance your courses. I’ve a couple of articles to help persuade you that a) it might be worth your time and b) you HAVE the requisite talent, even if you, like me, “can’t …

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Sep 08

Capturing Your Student’s FULL Attention

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Back in June of 2014 Saga Briggs wrote The Science of Attention: How To Capture and Hold the Attention of Easily Distracted Students. In this article she describes the findings of research which indicates that university students do best when their attention is captured by periods of active learning. She then gives the reader 15 Tricks …

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Aug 25

Tech Tuesday: To Bullet or NOT to Bullet

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Here at the FLC, we have often written about the perils of cluttered PowerPoint presentations, and over-bulleted slides with lists and lists often seen in presentations or eLearning materials. Yet, numbered lists and bulleted lists can be powerful tools when used in thoughtful ways. Christopher Pappas provides a nice list of 7 Tips for Using Bullets in …

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Aug 17

Interesting Read: American Higher Education in Crisis?

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Goldie Blumenstyk has written an interesting book “American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, (we’ll soon have copies in the Title III Lending Library). It’s a book filled with statistics, or as she puts it, “facts and figures” on students, costs, spending and debt, leadership from within and without, and some ideas about …

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Aug 14

Scintillating Friday

This “Fried Friday” post is not “Fried” at all! I titled it scintillating because I just returned from Chancellor Caulfield’s 2 -day retreat with 30 UAS professionals. We had an excellent facilitator, Susan Bell, a partner with the McDowell Group, a panel of community members, a brief inspirational video welcome from Jason Ohler, a luncheon panel …

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Aug 05

Rethink the Syllabus

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We often think of the syllabus as a contract between faculty and student. Dr. Lolita Paff, Professor of Business and Economics at Penn State Berks, thinks  this may actually foster a negative learning environment. In Mary Bart’s A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the tone for Learnings she describes another approach to the syllabus that she thinks creates a better beginning …

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Jul 27

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Finals or Grand Finale?

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Wait! It’s the beginning of a new academic year, why are we talking about final examination time? If you are familiar with McTighe and Wggins Understanding by Design Framework (see our lending library for resources) you will remember that before you begin to design, develop or teach a course you identify “What should students know, …

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