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INDIVIDUALS

  • Confidential personal consultations
    • This is a good opportunity to address specific concerns such as motivation, career enhancement, discipline, syllabus and rubric construction, and methods to enhance critical thinking in your classroom. This is also an opportunity to share ideas for developing or refining assignments.
  • Teaching style analysis
    • This confidential teaching style analysis is based on a tape/DVD of you teaching a class. We watch it together and identify your teaching traits and type(s) of teaching styles that you use.
  • Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)
    • This mid-semester activity takes approximately 30 – 35 minutes of class time. It is a focus group format with the instructor out of the room. You get confidential feedback about what students find rewarding and what students would like to see changed to enhance the learning environment.

 

DEPARTMENTS

  • Profile of teaching philosophy and teaching approaches
    • The purpose of this is to highlight areas of divergence and similarity with the ultimate goal of increasing retention without sacrificing standards.
  • Team building focus group
    • This helps to identify departmental values, beliefs, standards and pedagogy.
  • Consultation
    • This can focus on many topics including developing departmental standards for rubrics and learning oriented syllabi.
  • Workshops or seminars for departments
    • We can tailor campus workshops to your department’s specific needs. You can also propose a workshop of interest or choose from the list on this brochure.

INTERDISCIPLINARY

  • Book Groups (fiction or topical as selected by the group)
  • Individual or group consultations about areas of academic concern
  • Faculty Learning Communities
    • These provide cross-disciplinary opportunities for 6 to 15 faculty and staff with similar interests to explore ideas about teaching and learning through an active collaborative curriculum. The communities can be cohort-based (as for new faculty or senior faculty) or topic-based. Interested persons should contact this office. Each applicant is asked to identify a course that s/he will use as a laboratory setting to try out new ideas. Faculty Learning Communities usually last for one year. Potential community ideas include assessment, critical thinking, and multiple intelligences. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas in a workshop in April.
  • Faculty Workshops and Action Groups
    • Ideas include (but are not limited to) enhancing student engagement, using jigsaw learning, developing portfolios, teaching writing-intensive courses, integrating diversity into the course content and embedding assessment of learning outcomes. These groups are geared toward generating and trying new ideas.
  • Writing support group
    • Provides peer support and connections for faculty interested in pursuing research

Contact:

Susan Weaver, Director of Teaching & Learning
606-539-4325
susan.weaver@ucumberlands.edu