Category Archive: Service-Learning

May 17

Research-Based Teaching Series 2016-2017

The Research-Based Teaching Series (RBTS) had its final workshop for the 2016-2017 academic year. Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL), RBTS seeks to support the work of faculty from all disciplines, colleges, and campuses by offering faculty presentations and workshops on best practices in teaching and learning. These workshops not only provide information and resources for faculty seeking to enhance their own pedagogical practices, but also give faculty an opportunity to present their work to peers.

Because the University of North Georgia (UNG) is a partnering institution for the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), we encouraged submissions that support the principles of this initiative. These included, but were not limited to, the following:

The 2016-2017 RBTS programming included five workshops offered to all campuses.

The 2017-2018 Call for Proposals is now available. Applicants can submit their proposal here.

Past RBTS Events 2016-2017:

September 7, 2016 – Literature is an Ally:  Reading War in the Classroom and Community

Kristin Kelly, Associate Professor of English, discussed “Talking Service,” a national reading and discussion program for servicemen and servicewomen coming back to civilian life from the war zone.

October 5, 2016 – Statistics: It’s Not Just for STEM Anymore! Conduct Research in ANY Discipline Using Statistical Analysis

Gina Reed, Professor of Math, led this workshop designed to support the research of all faculty and provided important methods and tools for conducting quantitative research in the classroom. This research can, potentially, develop into publishable scholarship in the areas of teaching and learning.

January 18, 2017 – Everyone Can Teach Writing: Three Constructs to Engage Students in Deep Learning

Jim Shimkus, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Faculty Fellows, and Anita Turlington, Associate Professor of English, explained the relevance of the three constructs (and associated practices/activities) that engage students in learning beyond a simple quantity of writing (i.e. number of pages written) as high-impact teaching practices that help to enhance student learning and development. Their presentation used results from a recent research project, “The Contributions of Writing to Learning and Development: Results from a Large-Scale Multi-institutional Study” which identified the three constructs as Interactive Writing Processes, Meaning-Making Writing Tasks, and Clear Writing Expectations. These practices are helpful not only for those college teachers who are focused on teaching writing, but teachers in any discipline who are interested in strategies to enhance student learning.

Molly Daniel, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, presenting at the Effectively Responding to Student Writing workshop.

February 1, 2017 – Effectively Responding to Student Writing

Matthew Boedy and Molly Daniel, Assistant Professors of English, shared principles for giving effective feedback. These principles are grounded in composition theory but also includes particular strategies, practices, and “marks” by instructors. Many in the English Department teach First Year Composition on a regular basis, but faculty in other departments also teach writing-intensive courses. Much research in composition theory has been devoted to developing best practices for giving feedback to students in these types of courses.

March 27, 2017 – Is Blended Learning a Viable Option?

Jennifer Schneider, Assistant Professor of Accounting, addressed how to use an interactive approach to reach students. Educators and students are interested in positive learning experiences. Making the change to a blended learning structure might achieve the goal for both groups. “Flipping the Classroom” is a blended learning method that is being used to disrupt the passive learning pedagogy.

Nov 13

UNG Faculty Academies for 2014

Faculty Academies

We invite faculty and teaching staff to apply for one or more of the UNG Faculty Academies.  These programs provide a sustained professional development opportunity and, when successfully completed, a certificate to mark this accomplishment. The three Academies for 2014 will focus on:

  1. Grant Writing
  2. High-Impact Educational Practices
  3. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

These academies run on the calendar year, beginning in January 2014.  Individuals and research teams are invited to apply. The Academies will involve a combination of workshops, online exchanges in D2L, and day-long retreats to explore topics in depth.

Application Deadline for GrantsMonday, December 2, 2013
Application Deadline for High-Impact Practices and for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Friday, December 6, 2013.
For applications and further information, please see the CTLL Web site.

Grants
This Academy will help participants identify targeted funding sources. They will be guided through a concept paper/proposal with support and feedback by peers and professional staff. The Grants Academy will result in a competitive concept paper or full proposal to support faculty participants’ projects. Prior grant experience is not a pre-requisite. All levels of experience are welcome.

High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)
The HIP Academy will offer participants a shared community in which to study and implement research-based educational practices. This Academy will offer a methodical approach to re-visioning courses and assignments in order to implement and/or refine high-impact educational experiences in courses. We will offer enhanced focus on three practices in particular:

  1. Diversity/Global Learning
  2. Service-Learning
  3. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

HIP Participants will

  • Gain community and support for implementing and/or refining high-impact practices (HIPs) through workshops and peer sharing
  • Examine and discuss the theoretical and applied features of particular high-impact practices
  • Participate in workshops, retreats, roundtables, and mentoring for deep learning on chosen high-impact practices and implementation of a HIP project
  • Implement backward course design to re-vision learning outcomes and the practices used to achieve these
  • Expand their knowledge of classroom assessment techniques (CAT)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
The SoTL Academy grows out of a Presidential Innovation Award and will offer participants a shared community and structured approach to learning about SoTL. Each person or team will develop or refine a research question on an instructional topic of her choosing.  The Academy will offer a guided process of identifying a theoretical frame, gathering evidence, analyzing findings, and preparing for presentation or publication.

SoTL participants will

  • Attend workshops, retreats, roundtables, and mentoring for deep learning on SoTL, implementation of a SoTL project, and dissemination of findings
  • Interact with SoTL scholars
  • Participate in SoTL faculty writing group
  • Learn more strategies for classroom assessment techniques (CAT)

The co-directors, Dr. Mary Carney and Dr. Laura Ng, wish to express their thanks for the Presidential Innovation Award that will partially fund this Academy.

For the HIP and SoTL Academies, please submit the online form and upload curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of interest. These Academies are limited to full-time faculty and teaching staff. Further information about the application requirement can be found at the CTLL site.  The application form for the Grants Academy can be found on the CTLL site.

 

Oct 29

Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE)

Missouri Western State University is pleased to host the 9th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE) March 20-22, 2014.

There is one week left before the November 1st deadline to submit a proposal for a talk, workshop, or poster.

This year invited speakers will focus on institutionalizing service learning, getting funding for undergraduate research, and the CUR document on Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Please see http://www.missouriwestern.edu/appliedlearning/conference/Callforpapers14.pdf for the call for papers and http://www.missouriwestern.edu/appliedlearning/conference for information about the conference.