Teaching and Learning

Group Work that Really, Really Works (No Kidding!!)

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on April 14, 2021 - 3:57pm

The university classroom—whether in person or online—plays a critical role in the social well-being of our students. But integrating a warm social element with a rich, rigorous learning process is easier said than done. Some students recognize the value and thrive in a collaborative or cooperative learning environment, while others remain skeptical and even resist openly. Is this just a matter of luck and happenstance? Is it environmental or cultural?

Group Work that Really, Really Works (No Kidding!!)

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on April 14, 2021 - 3:56pm

The university classroom—whether in person or online—plays a critical role in the social well-being of our students. But integrating a warm social element with a rich, rigorous learning process is easier said than done. Some students recognize the value and thrive in a collaborative or cooperative learning environment, while others remain skeptical and even resist openly. Is this just a matter of luck and happenstance? Is it environmental or cultural?

The Pandemic Broke Our Teaching: Now, What?

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on February 10, 2021 - 11:36am

A Zoomside Chat, hosted by CIEL

A lot has changed in the world of teaching and learning over the past few months. Some of us have been energized by this new reality. Others can’t wait to get back to how things were before. One critical question is,  “CAN we go back to what was before?” Now that we’ve exploded the traditional model, what are the opportunities to rethink teaching and learning, even as we return to the physical classroom?

Synchronous. Asynchronous. Where does the Time go?

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 15, 2020 - 3:26pm

Do you wish there were a simple formula you could follow to strike the right balance between synchronous and asynchronous elements in your course? In this session we will look at how time works in an online learning environment and talk about things you can consider when deciding what to do with your scheduled synchronous class time. Come with a typical week for one of your courses (your readings, your activities, etc.) and we will talk about how to estimate the time required and how you can best balance this between asynchronous and synchronous time.

Synchronous. Asynchronous. Where does the Time go?

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 15, 2020 - 3:08pm

Do you wish there were a simple formula you could follow to strike the right balance between synchronous and asynchronous elements in your course? In this session we will look at how time works in an online learning environment and talk about things you can consider when deciding what to do with your scheduled synchronous class time. Come with a typical week for one of your courses (your readings, your activities, etc.) and we will talk about how to estimate the time required and how you can best balance this between asynchronous and synchronous time.

Zoom Best Practices Studio

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 9, 2020 - 3:41pm

Are you looking for ways to maximize students’ learning from one another? Want to build a greater sense of community and connection into your class? Interested in streamlined ways to help students one-on-one or in small groups using Zoom? Then this studio is for you!

A “studio” is a small group discussion, hosted by CIEL, in which faculty bring their own cases to share and co-analyze. Come with a question, an issue, or a problem. We’ll put it before the group and generate as many ideas as we can.