In an ideal world, none of our students would feel uncomfortable because of their race, cultural background, or gender in our classrooms. In reality cultural taxation, implicit stereotypes, and most importantly indifference, are subtle and not so subtle impediments to building and promoting inclusive excellence in the classroom.
Watching Myself Teach
I am not typically impressed by new gadgets. Although I do still love my first-generation Kindle, I have only had a smartphone for a few months, and I do not own an i-Pod or i-Pad or any device with a lower case “i” in front of it.
But I am impressed by Swivl.
Library Content on the Go
Welcome to the “Did You Know @ UST Libraries” feature: where we’ll highlight a feature of UST Libraries of particular interest to faculty.
We at UST Libraries talk a lot about ebooks these days, but did you know that it's also possible to hear audio recording of articles from many library-subscribed journals?
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.
Found Wisdom: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
Recently UST faculty have been gathering in various ways to talk about integrating meditation or contemplative practices into their teaching. What does this mean? This book is a great introduction: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education.
Are you preparing a Research Grant application this year? The Faculty Development Center will hold an information session for full-time faculty on Monday, November 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the St. Paul campus.View Event Information »
Watch your UST email for registration information. Upcoming retreats are Jan. 12-16, 2015 and June 1-5, 2015.View Event Information »
All faculty, adjunct and full-time, are welcome to attend. This one-day working retreat focuses on reshaping specific teaching exercises and assignments to incorporate critical thinking, and on communicating to students what critical thinking looks like when embedded in a specific discipline or topic.View Event Information »