Midterm Student Feedback
Midterm break offers an opportunity to gather student feedback and make minor course corrections before the end of the semester. Dr. Ann Johnson (Psychology) likes to hand out this short survey in class as a way to gather information about her teaching effectiveness. Blackboard's survey tool is an efficient way to anonymously gather feedback from your students. And to help save you time we have created a version that you can import into your Blackboard course and tailor to your specific learning objectives. Download the Bb Midterm Survey File.
Announcing the Adjunct Professional Development Grant
This program supports Adjunct faculty who would like to participate in a conference or workshop, or receive funding to improve their teaching. All proposed travel or teaching enhancement projects must be reviewed by the applicant’s department chair and dean (or in the case of Engineering, Social Work, Law, and School of Divinity faculty, only the dean).
Funding is available for travel related to professional development (travel to a local, regional, or national conference to present research or complete an intensive teaching workshop) or to carry out a teaching enhancement project. Maximum award for travel is $1200 and maximum award for a teaching enhancement grant is $1000.
Information about and application forms for the Adjunct Professional Development Grant is available on the Internal Grants section of the Faculty Development web site.
Accountability Groups: A great way to connect and stay on track
When productivity guru Tara Gray was on campus last year, one thing she emphasized was the value of accountability groups – groups of faculty who meet regularly to set goals and then encourage each other along the way toward completing projects. I recently learned about two new groups – formed independently in the last several months. I was curious about how they had formed and how they work, so I asked if I could crash a meeting and gather some information, with the hope of inspiring others.
UST course wins Blackboard award!
Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan (Gifted & Special Education, CELC) and Lynn Murdoch (IRT) on receiving a 2014 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for SPED 716: Fundamentals of Mild to Moderate Disabilities.
Productive Online Discussions
I recently came across an interesting paper by Gao, Zhang, and Franklin (2013) which analyzes the limitations of 'threaded' discussion boards (that's what we have with the Blackboard system) along with how different types of online discussion tools support or hinder learning goals. The paper was particularly interesting not only because the discussion board is one of the most commonly used Blackboard tools at UST but also because online discussion is a staple of blended and online pedagogy.
Publishing a book represents, for many faculty, the ultimate scholarly challenge. In fact the prestige surrounding book publishing may be so intimidating that it prevents faculty from even drafting a proposal, let alone approaching prospective publishers. All part-time and full-time faculty are welcome to attend.View Event Information »