VIU Faculty Studio: Making Your Lectures Consequential for Students

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on September 3, 2019 - 9:08am

Many of us, when we teach, engage in some form of “lecture” or “presentation,” even if we adhere overall to an active learning strategy. Student response to a lecture, however, can be hit or miss, and one of our big challenges is to ensure that students experience a lecture in a way that causes them to discover and experience its value.

Delivering Lectures with greater IMPACT

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on August 8, 2019 - 9:01am

There are some very good reasons to lecture when you are teaching - and equally good reasons why you may have heard that lecturing does not always support student learning.

Whether you have a “performer” personality or not, or whether you lecture a lot or a little, it’s useful from time to time to re-visit those practices that make your lectures effective for students. The key is “strategic activation” of the information and ideas that you are trying to communicate, so students are actively engaged with what you are saying.

Delivering Lectures with greater IMPACT

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on August 8, 2019 - 8:59am

There are some very good reasons to lecture when you are teaching - and equally good reasons why you may have heard that lecturing does not always support student learning.

Whether you have a “performer” personality or not, or whether you lecture a lot or a little, it’s useful from time to time to re-visit those practices that make your lectures effective for students. The key is “strategic activation” of the information and ideas that you are trying to communicate, so students are actively engaged with what you are saying.

COWICHAN: Catch Me if You Can! (Or, Why Students Cheat - and What You Can Do About It)

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 19, 2018 - 4:14pm

What does cheating look like in your courses? Are there particular assignments students cheat on more than others? How have you tried to solve this problem?  How do you know your solutions worked?

Participants will tell their stories, discuss the research on why students cheat, share strategies for preventing cheating, and plan implementation of principles of effective assignment design that prevents cheating and plagiarism .

Audience | Cowichan Campus Community

Date | Friday, March 29, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Can Assignments be FUN (For The Students And For Me?)

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 19, 2018 - 3:48pm

 

What are the factors that might contribute to this phenomenon? Can assignments actually inhibit learning?

Bring your assignments to this session for discussion about what works and what doesn’t in assignment design. Tweaking your assignments might just bring the joy back into your—and your students’—lives!  

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Date | Wednesday, March 20, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location | Nanaimo Campus Library Building 305, Room 514 and Zoom Online Meeting Room

Let's Go Outside! Teaching In The Outdoor Classroom

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 19, 2018 - 3:13pm

 

There is growing evidence to suggest that proximity to green space and exposure to natural environments can be associated with mental health benefits including reduced mental fatigue and lowered stress levels. So let’s perk up our students and help to lower their stress levels by teaching in the outdoor classroom or taking students outside to do some short and fun activities.

Smart Phones in the Classroom: Learning Technology or Distraction?

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 17, 2018 - 1:02pm

You’ve tried participation marks, rules in the course outline, directly asking students to put phones away, but the itch is there: they seem to have to be connected to social media 24/7. How can we minimize such distractions?  

Alternatively, we know that many students have supercomputers in their pockets. Shouldn’t we take advantage of that? How? What are the opportunities offered by these technologies?

Join us for a lively discussion around engaging students in ways that take their minds off social media and keep them on what matters in your course.

Equity and Equality: Working with Students with Disabilities

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 17, 2018 - 11:40am

 

Equity and equality—is there a difference in the classroom?

Join Disability Access Services and CIEL for a collaborative, educational session about ensuring that students with disabilities have the same chances to succeed as those without disabilities. We will discuss protocol and ways to address issues of attendance and  surprising behavior.

Through discussion of case studies, you will come away with a deeper understanding of what your role is—and what it isn’t—as an instructor teaching students with diverse learning needs.

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