CTL Newsletter: March 14, 2017
Checking in. The week after semester break is always a good time to assess how our courses are going so far. Many of us conduct midterm evaluations so that we can see what’s working for our students and what might need a mid-semester tweak. In Faculty Focus, Gillian Parrish recently shared some ideas for “Transforming Midterm Evaluations into a Metacognative Pause.” Parrish advocates using a midterm course evaluation that prompts students to reflect on specific course components that help or hinder their learning, the challenges they have faced, and their connections with the course material and class environment. In the process of completing this evaluation, students learn about their learning. In the process of reading it, teachers learn about their teaching.
— Jocelyn McWhirter
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
New on the GLCA/GLAA CTL Website: Jeremiah Alberg (International Christian University) has contributed an article on “‘Flipping’ a Classroom” — in this case, his 90-student “Introduction to Christianity” course. He describes the step-by-step process, concluding, “I did feel like I was talking more to the students and less at them.”
Also, in a home-page video presentation, Gabriele Dillmann (Denison University) and Diana Stantcheva (American University of Bulgaria) discuss cross-cultural interaction among their German students, made possible by Global Course Connections. For a written summary of their experience, see Steven Volk’s article “COLLABORATIONS.”
For more information about Global Course Connections, please contact Albion liaison Midori Yoshii.
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