This faculty workshop is designed to inform faculty about the unique needs and issues facing returning veterans from combat to college, educate faculty in military nuances to enhance dialog between faculty and student-veterans, and to raise awareness to possible service-connected disabilities (both visible and non-visible) that may impact student-veteran's academic success in the classroom. By year's end, thousands of our veterans are set to return, it is imperative that as their numbers increase in the classroom we offer the best opportunities for success.
What student behaviors bother you? Texting? Facebook? Sleeping in class? Grade grubbing? Students leaving class early or coming late? Come to a highly interactive session in which we discuss research-based strategies for reducing and even eliminating the student behaviors that inhibit learning for everyone.
Being explicit with your expectations for students is crucial in helping them to succeed in any class. Utilizing rubrics is an easy way to communicate exactly what a student needs to do to earn specific grades on papers, projects, presentations etc. This workshop will provide an overview of why it is beneficial to use rubrics in your course, the different types of rubrics, how to construct an effective rubric, and will walk you through creating a rubric for an assignment you use.
Being intentional in designing a course, whether online, hybrid or face-to-face, benefits instructors as well as students. A systematic approach to course design will increase learning, engage students, and create an environment where learning objectives can easily be met. Topics will include: course design models, learning objectives, assessment, alignment, and syllabus writing.
How can you give a lecture in a more engaging way? How can you keep the students interest, and maximize your impact on their learning? This session will help you develop some strategies to advance your learning goals in the lecture classroom.
Have you ever tried to create a discussion in your class and been frustrated by the quality of the participation, a lack of participation, or a discussion monopolizer? Come join us and learn about research-based strategies to generate and sustain effective discussions in your class.
Been thinking about trying community-based learning in your classes but don't know where to start? Join this panel discussion where colleagues share different models of community-based learning that may be adapted to meet the learning goals of your classes.
Participants in this book club will receive a complimentary copy of the book entitled "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses." This book has generated a great deal of controversy, with commentary in Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio (NPR), the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times, among others. Come join us for a lively discussion of the book's findings, including an examination of the extent to which the results might apply to Kennesaw State University.
Do you teach an online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course that uses discussion boards in Vista? Are you designing a new course or re-evaluating an existing one and wish to look at student interaction in a different way? In this workshop we will be exploring why you may want to use discussion boards, how to effectively express your expectations, potential roles for you and your students, and types of discussion boards in Vista.
Why do students drop out of college? It is tempting to say that each student has unique circumstances that make the difference between graduating or not. However, it is possible to organize these circumstances in broad categories and a strong body of research has been doing that for decades. This workshop will explore student retention theory and highlight the main factors, setting the stage for future workshops to expand on each one. We will focus on comparing national data to our campus context, and start outlining course, curriculum, and institutional strategies to help students complete college.