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Happy Pride Month

Happy Pride Month | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Don't these sound intriguing! How neat would it be for students to see something like this on the syllabus. Head over to the Safe Zone Project website which hosts tons of completely free and open activities and resources to help you lead students to better understand and explore core concepts of marginalized genders and sexualities. They have developed an entire training curriculum but many of the activities only take a few minutes and can be adapted to fit almost any discipline and level.
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Teaching and learning tips from the Center for Teaching Excellence at East Tennessee State University
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Happy Pride Month

Happy Pride Month | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Don't these sound intriguing! How neat would it be for students to see something like this on the syllabus. Head over to the Safe Zone Project website which hosts tons of completely free and open activities and resources to help you lead students to better understand and explore core concepts of marginalized genders and sexualities. They have developed an entire training curriculum but many of the activities only take a few minutes and can be adapted to fit almost any discipline and level.
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Planning for Course Continuity in Uncertain Times

Planning for Course Continuity in Uncertain Times | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it

The pandemic caught us all by surprise last semester and turned our courses as well as our lives upside down. Even as we look forward to seeing students again on campus for Fall, we must also prepare for another round of quarantine forcing classes to transition fully online again. The difference is this time we have a little bit more time to prepare! One silver lining to the extra effort this will require is that even if we do not have to close campus, designing courses with more flexibility and in multiple modalities can only make them better anyway. Here are some relevant resources and readings.

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Transition to Online Assessment

Transition to Online Assessment | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it

Authentic assessment is a possible casualty of the rapid transition to remote learning. Faculty with experience teaching online know there are well established strategies for assessing online learning and providing students with meaningful feedback. While some of these assessment strategies require more time and pre-planning than currently available to many of us, we are not necessarily expecting perfection under the present conditions. Here are some suggestions for designing and managing assessment in emergency conditions.

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Stay Connected, Stay Focused

Stay Connected, Stay Focused | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it

With the mass transition to teaching online, connecting with students becomes more vital than ever. Our students need to know we remain present even as we all practice social distancing. We need to ensure students can understand assignment instructions, find the materials they are looking for, and get help when they need it. However, we don’t want our time to be consumed with replies to students at all hours of the day. Here are some important ways to stay connected, yet manage your time well

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Sustainability Within and Beyond the Classroom

Sustainability Within and Beyond the Classroom | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Sustainability means meeting "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” ( Brundtland Commission, 1987 ) and has diverse applications across disciplines. Though grounded in environmental concerns related to climate change, sustainability can also be applied to architecture, business, cuisine, literature, sociology and more. This larger approach to a sustainable society is known as the "triple bottom line" and encompasses sound environment, social justice and health, and flourishing economy.
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Festival of Ideas and Curriculum Integration - Melissa Fitzgerald

Festival of Ideas and Curriculum Integration - Melissa Fitzgerald | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Melissa Fitzgerald, an actor best known for her role on The West Wing , is now senior director for Justice for Vets.

-- Public Lecture Date - February 10, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Festival of Ideas and Curriculum Integration - Jon Meacham

Festival of Ideas and Curriculum Integration - Jon Meacham | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Meacham is a Pulitzer-prize winning presidential biographer and historian and a well recognized television commentator.
 | Public Lecture (free for students, faculty, and staff) February 13, 2020, 7:00 pm
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
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Pedagogies of Care

Pedagogies of Care | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it

This collection of videos, podcasts, articles, and infographics offers practical and engaging advice about what "next" should look like across higher education, from sixteen current and forthcoming authors in the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education book series from West Virginia University Press.

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Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning

Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it

It is not too soon to visualize the first day of class. Picture the social distancing, classrooms at half capacity, lecturing and discussing through masks. Imagine the stress this adds to the anxieties many students already bring with them to class. Learners need to feel they are in a safe and stable environment in order to engage with the material, each other, and the teacher. In this new normal we need to pay extra attention to setting a supportive tone and creating the right conditions for learning. It is going to be a bit weird for everybody, but it is our job as teachers to put on our professor pants and lead the way!

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Sifting Facts from Fictions

Sifting Facts from Fictions | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of bad information out there about the recent coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, just tuning out is not an option. Pandemics are serious business. 
 
What can we do about this? How can we take advantage of the new levels of online engagement of the public with these issues while making sure that engagement is not manipulated by bad actors, or misinformed by error?
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Resilience and Calm

Resilience and Calm | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Dear ETSU Teaching Excellence Community,
 
Many public health experts predict this week could be the worst yet. For those of us fortunate enough to be healthy and home at this time, our work online with students and colleagues may be one of the few outlets for finding some kind of regularity and connection during this time of social distancing and isolation. However, stress is undeniably taking a toll on us all and it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and loved ones and practice not just social distancing but self-care and well-being as well.
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Engaging Students in Emergency

Engaging Students in Emergency | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it

Dear Teachers, this is our first week of a strange new normal. The first few classes in these new circumstances may need to be devoted to just adjusting to the new format and circumstances. A top priority is engaging students. Some ways to check and encourage engagement include:

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Go Deeper with OER

Go Deeper with OER | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Open Textbooks are just the tip of the OER iceberg. Open Educational Resources are free, online teaching and learning materials openly licensed for reuse, revising, and redistributing. As prices of textbooks and related digital courseware platforms continue to climb and burden students, faculty at ETSU as across the higher education world are turning to OER alternative not only to lower costs for students but to exercise their academic freedom and actively create and curate content for their own courses.
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Teaching in Difficult Times

Teaching in Difficult Times | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The last several days have been particularly difficult for members of the ETSU community. The plaques in Borchuck Plaza that commemorate the contributions of the five students who integrated the campus were defaced. This racist act violates the university's values and threatens the unity of the campus community. In the wake of these events, we would like to offer some ideas for processing these difficult and dehumanizing events with your students.
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Festival of Ideas and Curriculum Integration - Mandy Harvey

Festival of Ideas and Curriculum Integration - Mandy Harvey | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Harvey is an American jazz and pop singer/songwriter who overcame profound deafness to become a contestant on America's Got Talent .
| Performance and Lecture - February 11, 7:00 pm
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
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