Improving Your Greatest Resource -- Your Faculty
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
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
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
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.