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Improving Your Greatest Resource -- Your Faculty

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Below you will find topics for faculty workshops or for department-level consultations that might serve to enrich the sensitivities and skills of your faculty. I expect to personalize and adapt my material in order to best address the specific needs of your faculty and students. Please contact me at 513-481-2303.

  • Diversity of Learning Styles -- Not everyone learns in the same way. How can you expand your own teaching style in order to enable success for students that thrive using alternative forms of learning? Resource: George Hillocks Jr., Ways of Thinking, Ways of Teaching.

  • Five Easy Ways to Energize Your Classroom -- How can Learning Partners save you administrative headaches and overcome shyness? How and when do five-minute buzz sessions best serve to focus attention in your courses? Resource: personal experience.

  • Deep Learning -- What do you do when teaching complex matters that require learners to alter their habits of thinking/judging/seeing? Why does learning become more enjoyable and more lasting when learners discover things for themselves? Resource: Michael Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension and Personal Knowledge.

  • Evaluating Teaching; Evaluating Learning -- Do your teaching style and course objectives harmonize with your evaluation techniques? How not to frustrate students at exam time. Resource: Peter Seldin, ed., Changing Practices in Evaluating Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improved Faculty Performance.

  • Women Learn Differently -- Does your course favor men or women? How do women learn differently from men? Practical ways to take this into account. Resource: Elizabeth Hayes, et al., Women as Learners: The Significance of Gender in Adult Learning.

  • Case Study Methodology -- How do you bring your classroom alive by having everyone engage in critical thinking all at once? How do Case Studies insure deep and practical learning? Resource: Aaron Milavec, Exploring Scriptural Sources.

  • Student Exchanges on the Internet -- How can computer-illiterate teachers develop web-based opportunities for outreach, feedback, and discussion by students relative to your courses? How can Web-based experiences supplement and energize what already goes on in your classroom? Resource: Rena M. Palloff, et al., Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace & Sarah Horton, Web Teaching Guide: A Practical Approach to Creating Course Web Site.