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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

"There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder."


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#11 - Not getting to know your students. I think this is the most important tip -- but they're all good. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 13, 2014 10:26 PM

For many of us this school year has come to an end or will shortly. Perhaps it is time to reflect on our year and consider habits that might need to be changed. This post looks at 11 habits. A few are listed below.

* Not learning from colleagues. This seems simple, but given how busy our day is it is tough to find time to observe another teacher, or have someone tape you and ask others to provide you with feedback.

* Assuming a lesson taught is a lesson learned. Have you asked yourself how many times you have repeated a portion of a lesson? With the range of students in our classrooms the need to rephrase, review, reteach key points may be more necessary than we think.
* Failing to establish relevance. At times this may seem difficult to do, but for our students to learn we need to make our topic relevant to them. When you are successful with this share your ideas with others!
Click through to the post to see 8 additional habits that you may want to change.
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5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies

5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

 

As online and blended learning reshapes the landscape of teaching and learning in higher education, the need to encourage and support faculty to move from delivering passive, teacher-centered experiences to designing active, student-centered learning increases.  Our new social era is rich with simple, free to low-cost emerging technologies that are increasing experimentation and discovery in the scholarship of teaching and learning. While the literature about Web 2.0 tools are impacting teaching and learning is increasing, there is a lack of knowledge about how the adoption of these technologies is impacting the support needs of higher education faculty. This knowledge is essential to develop new, sustainable faculty support solutions.

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The article makes some interesting points about the need for community when innovating. 

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12 Things You Should Never Say During Your Presentation

Don’t do this; don’t do that! Yes, there are a number of “don’ts” connected with good presentations. If you keep these “don’ts” in mind, beyond any doubt your …

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I heard all of these things at a recent conference! I'd like to add one to the list -- "I don't want to keep boring you." How about you don't bore me at all?

 

Is it time to dust off the old public speaking textbook and brush up on some speaking skills?

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, June 11, 12:02 PM

Solid, easy suggestions here.  I'm going to have to remember some of them the next time I present!

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, June 11, 9:29 PM

Some important points to consider and "don'ts" to remember to leave the best impression on your audience.

Carmen Chavez, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 31, 10:47 AM

Excellent points to consider and "don'ts" to remember to leave the best impression on your audience.

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10 Ways to Change a Higher Ed IT Culture

10 Ways to Change a Higher Ed IT Culture | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
The information technology services department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse transformed its culture via a simple, step-by-step process.
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What To Do If You Are Stuck in the Middle of a Writing or Other Project

 


Middles are tough.

It's no accident that Dante began The Inferno, his allegorical journey through Hell, "Midway upon the journey of our life / I found myself within a forest dark."

Writers (including academic ones!) also often get lost and discouraged midway through their journeys. At Grub Street Writers, where I taught for many years, many writers referred unhappily to having to slog through the "Murky Middle" of their projects.

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Another great article from Tomorrow's Professor. 

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The Teaching Trap

The Teaching Trap | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

The posting gives some great advice on not letting time spent on teaching (or anything else for that matter) "expand like a gas" to fill all available space. It is by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

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Pay Yourself First

I travel to different campuses almost every week, and no matter where I am, or what type of institution, I hear the same thing from faculty members over and over and over again: I don't have enough time for my research and writing. Once I scratch the surface to explore what's keeping them from writing, it becomes clear that many faculty are held back by three basic technical errors: 1) they don't have a daily writing routine, 2) they don't block out specific time each day to write, and 3) even when they set aside time to write, they quickly give up that time to accommodate other people's needs. And whenever I ask why everyone else's needs come before their own needs, we get to the underlying problem: a litany of unrealistically high expectations about their performance. To sum it up, many of the faculty I work with expect themselves to be Super-Professor. 

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How to make time for your research. 

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The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I created yesterday entitled "Best 5 TED Talks for Educators". TED's list of this year contains 20 talks  covering a variety of topics from overcoming adversity to the latest in technology. Some of the talks I really enjoyed in this list are :

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Tips for a Winning Research Proposal

Tips for a Winning Research Proposal | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

Experts suggest ways to gain favor with funding agencies.

The numbers look scary. Of the 48,999 research proposals it received in fiscal year 2013, the National Science Foundation funded just 10,829, or 22 percent. At the National Institutes of Health, the "success rate" was less than 17 percent. For new faculty members making their first try as a principal investigator (PI), things were more intimidating. At NSF, 17 percent of these proposals got funded; at NIH, fewer than 10 percent. The rates are unlikely to improve much in the near future, with government research funding essentially flat. But strip away the one-third of proposals rejected because they don't meet basic requirements like deadlines and add to that the ones so badly composed as to insult reviewers, and the picture starts to look brighter. "If you do your job before you submit, things aren't so bleak," says Susan Kemnitzer, deputy director of NSF's Electrical Communications and Cyber Systems Division in the Engineering Directorate.

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Online Teaching Play Book

Online Teaching Play Book | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

Shannon Mersand: "This is a resource I am building to help myself, and possibly others, as they work toward building and facilitating online courses. It was inspired by my interactions with fellow students, Deb Kabler and Dr. Kay Lehmann in Collaborative Communities in eLearning. It is very much a work in progress."


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Some useful resources here. Thanks, Shannon!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 11, 2014 7:43 PM

This is a curated resource for online teachers. Articles and books covering a variety of topics:  


Course Design, Discussions, Assessment, Management, Tips for Online Students.



Claire Brooks's curator insight, November 14, 2014 6:31 PM

not a lot of new or cutting edge stuff here, but nevertheless a collection that might be useful

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Climbing the Stairs: Observations on a Teaching Career

Climbing the Stairs: Observations on a Teaching Career | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
My office is on the first floor of the education building. I have spent 27 years in this building. Unless I have a meeting in another department, I rarely go upstairs. Recently, however, I started a daily routine of climbing the four sets of staircases in the building. Trying to slow the progression of osteoporosis in my right hip, I go up one set and down another three times as I make my way around the building. This physical activity has given me a chance to engage in some mental reflection. Here I will briefly share five observations on a career spent teaching in higher education with an eye toward encouraging newer faculty to achieve longevity in the profession.
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The Art of Saying "No"

The Art of Saying "No" | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

One of the most frequent and difficult pieces of advice I received as a pre-tenure faculty member was "just say no." I always felt frustrated by this advice because (while well-intended and correct) it is far easier said than done, especially for under-represented faculty. This difficulty is due to the fact that being the only _____ in your department means you will receive a disproportionately high number of service requests from all across your campus in the name of "diversity." That additional service will neither be rewarded, nor serve as a substitute for published research (at a research-intensive university), nor will it offset lackluster teaching evaluations (at a teaching-intensive institution) when it comes time for your promotion and tenure decision. While "just say no" is important advice for all tenure-track faculty, it is essential for under-represented faculty who are challenged to say "no" more frequently, and to a broader range of campus leaders, in order to have the necessary time to excel in the areas that matter most to promotion: research, publication, and teaching.

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Syllabus Design for Dummies

Syllabus Design for Dummies | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
Here’s an introductory lesson aimed at graduate students and early career professors.

 

I know plenty of teachers who dread writing their syllabi, putting them off until the last minute when, finally, the night before classes start, they quickly crank out just enough to make it look like they know what they’re doing. Don’t do that. You will be much better off if you allow some time to think about the syllabus before writing it. A syllabus should go through multiple drafts before it’s shared with students. 

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Should professors be told why they were denied tenure? @insidehighered

Should professors be told why they were denied tenure? @insidehighered | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

Some 28 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, $1.4 million in research funding and strong evaluations along the way – but still no tenure. The only thing more disturbing to Dylan Kesler, an assistant professor of wildlife sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia, than his failed bid this summer is that he still hasn’t been told why. Kesler thinks he’s being retaliated against for blowing the whistle on alleged misuses of federal research funds in his department. But he says can’t confirm that or appeal the university’s decision without a formal reason for his denial.

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New Online Courses in Digital Pedagogy

New Online Courses in Digital Pedagogy | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

 

There is a ton of free material on learning how to teach with new digital tools online. That’s one of the best things that ProfHacker writers have been dispensing since its inception. We’ve written about teaching with Twitter, with Wikipedia, creating interactive texts with Twine, even the Creepy Treehouse problem of friending your students on social media. One of the things we haven’t done, though, is offer online courses on digital pedagogy–a new venture the journal Hybrid Pedagogy has taken with Digital Pedagogy Lab!

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Course offerings in a variety of areas. 

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eLearning Course Evaluation: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals

eLearning Course Evaluation: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
Check the eLearning Course Evaluation: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals, to learn why and when you need eLearning course evaluation.

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This simple guide includes some key issues to consider. 

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Flexible Faculty Development Opportunities

Flexible Faculty Development Opportunities | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges for instructional designers is finding a convenient time to provide faculty development. A few alternatives to consider:
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Some great suggestions here to make sure faculty development meets the needs of faculty. This is a topic near and dear to my heart because it was part of my dissertation research. 

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Why Content Curation Should be in Your Training Skillset

Why Content Curation Should be in Your Training Skillset | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
Curation can boost your profit and help your people grow. It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. It starts in a gallery. You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items select for the collection authenticate and …

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Curation is also a great form of DIY professional development. 

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Adam J. Kovitz's curator insight, May 1, 10:55 AM

Excellent post on the many benefits of adopting content curation for your organization.

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, June 2, 3:41 PM

Curation is a great way to build your Personal Learning Network. Would like to get a little bit better with it.

Consultants-E's curator insight, June 27, 5:03 PM

If you don't curate content already, you may find this interesting.

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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

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The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity provides external mentoring for graduate students, post-docs and university professors.
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What Are Your Favorite Faculty Development Blogs?

What Are Your Favorite Faculty Development Blogs? | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

I’ve recently taken on a new role in Faculty Development, which in my case means that I primarily help professors who want to improve their teaching. I’m really enjoying it but there is a learning curve that I’m still scaling. One of the coping mechanisms I have found effective in the past is to become an active part of the community, and this has been no different. I attended my first POD conference (the annual conference of the national organization for faculty developers) and extended my network of fellow faculty developers and instructional designers on Twitter. 

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Learning Resources That Won’t Feel Like Work

Learning Resources That Won’t Feel Like Work | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it
Welcome to this year’s “just-in-time PD.” We are finding classroom inspiration in unlikely places. Whether you have one hour or ten, we've got resources for you.
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Some of these are for K-12, but there are still some useful resources. 

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Prezentt - Share your slides & content seamlessly

Prezentt - Share your slides & content seamlessly | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

Prezentt is a web app that helps presenters to get a 1000% better interaction with their audience through a range of tools. Share your slides with your audience immediately, track questions and follow ups, save time and get much greater audience engagement.


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Something that might be useful at a conference. 

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Roberta Bano's curator insight, November 17, 2014 6:07 AM

beautiful presentations, also interactive

Benjamin Labarthe-Piol's curator insight, November 21, 2014 10:31 AM

Useful

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

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So many amazing ideas. I challenge you to find one you can use! 

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Philip Williams's curator insight, July 8, 1:49 AM

Up to date and very useful.

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 4:49 PM

Google tips, tricks and tutorials that I definitely did not know about it.

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Making Lectures Unmissable!

Making Lectures Unmissable! | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

Giving learners information is only part of the business of designing a lecture, so we've got to make sure that lectures are learning experiences and not just information distribution events.  In particular that first lecture in any series is a make or break occasion for many a learner. It's also make or break for us - there's no second chance to make a good first impression! In other words, we've got to try to make lectures unmissable! It's got to be worth being there. This chapter has been about making learning happen in large-group contexts - usually called lectures on timetables. We've seen that the act of lecturing is rarely the best way of making learning happen, and that we need to be thinking carefully about what learners are doing while sitting in lecture theatres or large classrooms. In this final section of the chapter, I would like to condense some of my main suggestions, linking them particularly to the context of starting off a lecture series. Every new lecturer's nightmare is getting a lecture series off to a bad start, and learner attendance falling off as the series goes on - or worse, lots of learners later failing the related exam and blame coming back to the lecturer. This isn't confined to new lecturers.  The following suggestions may help you to make your lectures unmissable. 

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Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher

Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher | Faculty Professional Development | Scoop.it

There is a classic Calvin & Hobbes cartoon where Calvin says to his mother, "I read this library book you got me." His mother asks, "What did you think of it?" Calvin replies, "It really made me see things differently. It's given me a lot to think about." His mother says, "I'm glad you enjoyed it." In the last frame, walking away, Calvin remarks, "It's complicating my life. Don't get me any more." That is how I have often felt about the most paradigm-changing ideas or experiences I have gone through: now I am more aware, but with that I am self-aware of my limitations, aware of the limitations of others, aware of the complexity of the world, and it makes thinking more challenging.

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How I became an online instructor, and why you should become one too.

Many of us think about ways we can give back to our fellow man, and one of the best ways to help anyone is to share with them what you know, and what you have learned in your life. Much of this can be the formal knowledge that you have learned, but much of this knowledge will be the information you have learned from your parents, friends, spouse, kids, society, etc. Blended together, YOU, can make a real change in someone’s life, and help them see something in a different way. By teaching online courses, you can help give back to your world, and help everyone benefit from the gift of education. 

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