Oct 21 How can I make my exams more about student learning and less about grades?

How many times have you heard the question “What’s going to be on the exam?”

If you missed today’s CELT Brown Bag Dialogue that addressed this question, you can still view the 20-Minute Mentor video from Magna Commons. Concordia has a subscription. To access go to my.cuw.edu, then to the CELT channel on the faculty tab.

Here’s a related article that discusses the value of having an exam review session written by today’s presenter Maryellen Weimer.

During her presentation, Dr. Weimer mentioned the work of Terence Favero. Read his article on this subject by following this link: http://advan.physiology.org/content/35/3/247 (Note: to access this article you will need to be on campus or use your Library card for authentication.)

Flipped Classroom

Here’s some resources for flipping your classroom.

A couple of videos that introduce the idea:

Introductory video 1

Introductory video 2

One thing neither video mentions is that you want to develop an assessment of some sort they take before they come to class so you know they did the work prior to coming to class. Dr. Bernard Bull calls that the “entrance ticket” to the face to face part of the class.:

Here is a link to the video presentation that Dr. Bull did at CUW on the Flipped Classroom:

Flipped Classroom video

Here’s a Summon library search with related matches. Faculty would need to be on campus or have their library ID available for authentication if off campus.   This link will update with additional resources.

Here’s an article about using the Flipped Classroom specific to continuing nursing education.


Oct 9 How can I create effective mini-lectures?

If you missed this Brown Bag Faculty Dialogue, you can still view the video and take advantage of the supplemental materials.

To access the 20-Minute Mentor video “How can I create effective mini-lectures?” go to my.cuw.edu and look for the CELT channel under the faculty tab. The power point slides, transcript and supplemental resources are also there. One of the handouts is about effective discussion that also applies to classroom face-to-face discussions.

Here’s a link to a 9-minute YouTube video that describes Presentation Zen, mentioned during Dr. Price’s presentation.

Oct 7 Teaching Through Simulation: Brownies, Starbursts, and Much More!

Presented by 2013 Faculty Laureate Dr. Jeff Walz.

Click here to view the archived presentation.

Click for PowerPoint Slides

Here are two sources Dr. Walz mentioned in his presentation:

Bromley, Pat. 2013. “Active Learning Strategies for Diverse Learning Styles: Simulations Are Only One Method.” PS: Political Science and Politics 46 (4): 818-822.

Raymond, Chad, and Simon Usherwood. 2013. “Assessment in Simulations.” Journal of Political Science Education 9: 157-167.