It’s been a great semester of teaching and learning. We kicked it off with our annual Course Development Workshop and powered through with sessions on “Microaggressions in the Classroom” and “Stereotype Threat: When the Teacher Feels It.” We also introduced the new GLCA Consortium for Teaching and Learning, an online resource designed to extend the conversation about teaching and learning across the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. (New this week on the GLCA CTL website: an “Article of the Week” by our own Jocelyn McWhirter.)
So thanks to all of you who participated in these sessions and lent your voices to the conversation at Albion College. Special thanks to program co-sponsors on the Faculty Committee for Diversity and Ethnic Studies as well as to our Teaching Reflections contributors Jess Roberts, Dianne Guenin-Lelle, Sam McIlhagga, and Mark Bollman. Also to Lynn Verduzco-Baker, Dominick Quinney, Eric Hill, Beth Lincoln, Carrie Menold, and Linda Clawson who helped with brainstorming, planning, and execution.
Our committee meets this week, so look for a variety of offerings in the spring. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for microteaching from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on January 27, 30 and February 6. Invitations arriving soon. And enjoy the winter break!
Resources: IDEA and the AAC&U
Although we already shared these resources in September, it seems appropriate to share them again now that we are busy with end-of-semester assessment. IDEA stands for Individual Development and Educational Assessment. Most of us are familiar with the “educational assessment” part, since IDEA produces the “Student Ratings of Instruction” instrument that lets us know how our students rate our teaching and their learning. We can also take advantage of the “individual development” part, which includes resources for improving teaching, engaging learners, and facilitating various types of learning.
The AAC&U is the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Its mission: “to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.” To that end, they have organized the LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) Challenge, complete with its Essential Learning Outcomes and VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) Rubrics. In the next couple of weeks, first-year seminar instructors will test-run AAC&U VALUE Rubrics by applying them to student work.
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