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Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news.
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Hamline CTL's curator insight, February 6, 2013 4:21 PM

Certainly something to consider when developing online courses

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The Art of Asking Questions

The Art of Asking Questions | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

A useful blog post by Maryellen Weimer.

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UST faculty often report that they have difficulty getting students engaged in discussion. Half the battle is finding the right questions. I especially like Weimer's tip: keep track of those questions that work well and recycle them!

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Expanding the Definition of a Flipped Learning Environment - From Faculty Focus

Expanding the Definition of a Flipped Learning Environment - From Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

"A flipped classroom allows instructors to introduce new ways of doing things. Yet adding something new generally requires letting go of something old. In the flipped classroom, instructors need to let go of their reliance on the lecture and focus on other ways to enhance learning by introducing active learning strategies that put students in the center of the learning experience."


- See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/expanding-definition-flipped-learning-environment/#sthash.DP9FyIrq.dpuf

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In her own words: Understanding role, relevance, relationship

In her own words: Understanding role, relevance, relationship | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

From the Women in Higher Education newsletter -- an excellent first-person account of improving teaching through listening carefully to what students had to say. 

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I love this essay -- it speaks to the power of managing student expectations and establishing rapport. 

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What Components Make Group Work Successful?

What Components Make Group Work Successful? | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
There’s lots of research documenting the positive effects of group experiences on learning outcomes. Less is known about the specific aspects of group experiences that contribute to their overall positive impact.

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How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course

How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
As of this writing we are five weeks into the semester, and I can echo Eyler's sentiment that this assignment has produced levels of connection and engagement among my students that I have never experienced before. We begin every class period by taking a quick look at the tweets that have been posted since the last meeting. That means every class begins with a brief discussion of connections they are seeing and forging.
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I love how this prof links literature, learning theory, and social media. "Only connect . . ."
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7 Assessment Challenges of Moving Your Course Online (and a Dozen+ Solutions)

7 Assessment Challenges of Moving Your Course Online (and a Dozen+ Solutions) | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Not all online courses are created from scratch. Many—if not most—are online versions of courses that have previously been taught face-to-face.
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Excellent tips on a variety of topics, including building a sense of connection/community online and managing instructor workload.

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Tips for Developing Students’ Note-taking Skills

Tips for Developing Students’ Note-taking Skills | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Should students take notes? What about giving students access to your PowerPoint slides and lecture notes? 

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Good tips for encouraging good note-taking.

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Using Fink’s Taxonomy in Course Design

Using Fink’s Taxonomy in Course Design | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

A good, concrete case-study in course re-design, using Fink's approach. Published in the Observer, the monthly publication of the Association for Psychological Science.

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When a Student’s Comment Feels Like a Personal Attack | Faculty Focus

When a Student’s Comment Feels Like a Personal Attack | Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Most faculty have had a student say something that's so offensive that it feels like a personal attack. What's the best way to respond?
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Good, practical suggestions for dealing with stressful student comments during class.

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Discussion Board Assignments: Alternatives to the Question-and-Answer Format

Discussion Board Assignments: Alternatives to the Question-and-Answer Format | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
If you’re having trouble getting students to engage in the discussion forum, perhaps it’s time to rethink how you use this tool.
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Not just for online courses -- this provides some great ideas for using DIscussion Board in fresh ways. 

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Fostering the Reciprocity of Learning | Faculty Focus

Fostering the Reciprocity of Learning | Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
“ Rather than presenting myself to students as their peer in learning, I have come to emphasize the reciprocity of our learning and goals.”
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Week One on the New Job

Week One on the New Job | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
What to do, and what not to do.
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Several great tips here for surviving your first week -- including how to avoid alienating your department colleagues!

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Essay on the importance of rejection to academic careers

Essay on the importance of rejection to academic careers | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

"Rejections are a dirty secret among academics. . . . The result is that many scholars, especially junior ones, have unrealistic expectations. For this reason Donald Hall, in his book The Academic Self, recommends that experienced academics tell more about their failures, as encouragement to others not to give up."

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Helpful perspective on weathering rejection in the publication process. Persistence is key; adjusting your mental framework for interpreting rejection will help you persist.

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Experts explore plagiarism -- beyond the traditional definition

Experts explore plagiarism -- beyond the traditional definition | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

From Inside Higher Ed:  Smart ideas here on the need to work with students to help them understand and avoid unintentional plagiarism. Don't assume they already know what it is or how to find and use best resources.

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7 Steps for Choosing the Best Technology Tools for Your Teaching from Jason Rhode

7 Steps for Choosing the Best Technology Tools for Your Teaching from Jason Rhode | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
With the seemingly endless selection of technology tools available, how do you choose the right technology tools to incorporate into their teaching? If you are in the situation of considering a new technology tool in your teaching, here are 7 steps to take as you choose which tool may be best for you.
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Great advice from Jason Rhode -- he led a very popular workshop on this topic recently at UST -- how to ensure that your tech choices actually support your teaching goals.

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Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
“Efficient and effective learning starts with a proper mindset,” Stephen Chew writes in his short, readable, and very useful chapter, “Helping Students to Get the Most Out of Studying.” Chew continues, pointing out what most of us know firsthand, students harbor some fairly serious misconceptions that undermine their efforts to learn. He identifies four of them.
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See link at the end to free e-book, Applying Science to Education. An excellent resource!

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Being Clear and Organized May Be Simple Ways to Improve Teaching

Being Clear and Organized May Be Simple Ways to Improve Teaching | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Basic but important insights confirming links between teacher clarity and student learning. The IDEA papers and reports mentioned here can be downloaded easily from their website (see our Faculty Development home page for a link to the IDEA center site). 

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The POD-IDEA notes documents (available on the IDEA website) are a treasure trove of practical teaching tips. To improve clarity and organization see #6 and #10. 

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Blended Learning: Integrating Online and Face-to-Face Courses

Blended Learning: Integrating Online and Face-to-Face Courses | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Blended learning entails more than simply replacing class time with online course elements or supplementing an online course with face-to-face meetings.
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Good tips for thinking through course design issues as you move toward offering courses in a blended format.

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Teaching Clearly: A Deceptively Simple Way to Improve Learning | Chronicle of Higher Education

Teaching Clearly: A Deceptively Simple Way to Improve Learning | Chronicle of Higher Education | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Three studies further document a correlation between students' perceptions of professors' teaching and subsequent improvements in performance.

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Quick Feedback, Engaged Students - Magna Publications

Quick Feedback, Engaged Students - Magna Publications | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

How to use short assignments, technology, and process comments to give students rapid feedback.

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Facilitating Effective Classroom Discussion, the Devil is in the Details

Facilitating Effective Classroom Discussion, the Devil is in the Details | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
I have been known to berate the quality of classroom discussions—student-teacher exchanges that occur in the presence of mostly uninvolved others.
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Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

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Chickering and Gamson's 7 Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, from U of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence website.

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Good information for faculty at all career stages.

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Six Steps for Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship | Faculty Focus

Six Steps for Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship | Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
With a bit of reflection, you can contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning to help us all be better teachers. Advice for getting started
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Great tips for getting your SoTL research agenda started.

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Glossary of IDEA Terms | The IDEA Center

Glossary of IDEA Terms | The IDEA Center | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Be sure to get well acquainted with the IDEA system for student ratings of teaching. You'll learn about it in New Faculty Orientation. Also see the Faculty Development Website for a "Best Practices" document and other helpful links. This blogpost from the national IDEA center clarifies relevant terms for you.

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The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life

The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

"Scary myths and scary data abound about life as a tenure-track faculty at an R-1 university"

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Unconventional and thought provoking advice for tenure track faculty hoping to live full lives. Most surprising and wise insight: the author committed to enjoying her work while also making "a detailed plan for my next career" -- that is, don't invest your whole identity in this particular job; consider other possibilities. Reminds me of John O'Donohue's comments on work in Anam Cara: "You should never belong fully to something that is outside yourself . . .Your interiority is the ground from which nobody can distance, exclude, or exile you."

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