Category Archives: Pedagogy

Last Call for Applications – Hybrid Course Initiative

Applications are now being accepted for the UVM Hybrid Course Initiative program (phase 3). The deadline is Monday, November 3rd at 5pm! Read more about teaching hybrid courses, about the initiative, and the benefits in applying to teach one of these courses.  

Posted in CTL Home Page, Pedagogy, Teaching | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Last Call for Applications – Hybrid Course Initiative

Exploring Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

This fall, the CTL sponsored a book group exploring contemplative teaching/learning methods. The book, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (Barbezat and Bush, 2013), describes a pedagogy that is based on long-established meditative practices … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Learning, Pedagogy, Teaching | Comments Off on Exploring Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

Getting Students in Gear for Learning

I wrote this post a couple of years ago and I want to share it again because the resources are so valuable. Getting students in gear for learning is really about preparing students to become active agents in their own … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Learning, Pedagogy, Resources | Comments Off on Getting Students in Gear for Learning

“PowerPointless”?

Read (or rather, view), on Slate.com, one faculty person’s evolving position about teaching with this tool and allowing students to present their work with it.

Posted in CTL Home Page, Pedagogy, Teaching, Technology, Tools | Comments Off on “PowerPointless”?

Some Tips for the First Day of Class

Tip #1: Learn names. Jonathan Leonard (CDAE) makes the effort to learn every student’s name, even when he has hundreds of students! His strategy is to open the class roster page in Banner and display the students’ photos and, while … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Pedagogy, Teaching | Comments Off on Some Tips for the First Day of Class

Using Rubrics for Student Assessment

Did you ever hear a student say, “I wish I understood what the professor wanted with this assignment?”  Have your students ever asked how you came to a specific grade? Have you felt the need to create more clarity around … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Pedagogy, Teaching | Comments Off on Using Rubrics for Student Assessment

Student Engagement Tip: Sequence Matters

The recency and primacy effects—long documented phenomena related to the importance of sequence on information recall—evidence that, in short, “Following a single exposure to learning, recall is better for items at the beginning (primacy) and end (recency) […] than for … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Learning, Pedagogy, Teaching | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Student Engagement Tip: Sequence Matters

MOOCs

MOOCs are courses that are: Massive: designed for large-scale participation by dozens or even thousands of people. Open: freely available with free access to all course materials. Online: available through any web browser on any mobile device or computer. As … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Inspiration, Learning, News, Pedagogy, Teaching, Technology | Comments Off on MOOCs

Just in Time Teaching Techniques

What is JiTT? Just in Time Teaching, or JiTT, is a model first proposed by Novak, Patterson, Gavrin and Christian (1999) that combines web-based resources that help students prepare outside of class with active learning techniques in the classroom. JiTT … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Learning, Pedagogy, Teaching | Comments Off on Just in Time Teaching Techniques

More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework, based in cognitive neuroscience, that encourages the design of flexible learning environments to accommodate a variety of learning styles and differences. This post focuses on one of the three core principles … Continue reading

Posted in CTL Home Page, Learning, Pedagogy, Resources, Teaching, Technology | Comments Off on More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching