From:Inside Higher Ed
By: John Warner
Coffee Chat —Student Accommodation Process (1/19): More than five percent of Michigan Tech students are now registered for some kind of testing accommodation. This is consistent with national trends, and we will likely see this number continue to grow. In this Coffee Chat, we’ll address common questions surrounding the accommodations process. Discussion will include the process by which students are granted accommodations, established university and recommended classroom policies surrounding accommodations, and ways to minimize extra work associated with this growing student need. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, January 15. Join us for this event on Tuesday, January 19 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Click here to register.
Lunch and Learn —Teaching Technology Tips (1/26): In this session, we’ll introduce you to a number of technologies currently available free or at very low cost. We’ll discuss how these tools could help you communicate with students, organize course materials, or motivate learning. Follow-up workshops will be scheduled throughout spring semester for each tool demonstrated if you find one you like! Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, January 22. Join us for this event on Tuesday, January 26 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Click here to register.
Many students believe that courses can be “unfair” or that standards can be misinterpreted. This article discusses how professors shouldn’t react to such students.
This author reflects on “a recent article in which three biologists describe how they created a classroom observation tool that identifies specific, evidence-based behaviors and practices.”
Grade Submission Workshop: In this workshop, instructors will learn how to submit final grades from Banner and via Canvas. This workshop is recommended for instructors new to grade submission, or those simply wanting a refresher. This workshop is offered on the following dates:
Also, please note that the CTL has assembled these Grade Submission Resources for your use.
January Event Announcements Coming Soon: No luncheons or coffee chats are scheduled for December, but announcements for our January 19 coffee chat and January 26 lunch and learn event will be posted soon.
Explanations are one of teaching’s most central activities and yet something we rarely think about, in general, or how we do them specifically. This article will elaborate further on this subject.
Lunch and Learn — Civility (11/11): From questioning grades to texting during class, instructors often perceive a variety of student behaviors as unprofessional or downright rude. But a recent article by Robin Lightner of Blue Ash College asks whether these behaviors can be reframed in the context of an environment where “instant service” and “ubiquitous technology” are the norm. In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies to proactively address inappropriate classroom behaviors and help students better understand expectations. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, November 6. Join us for this event on Wednesday, November 11 from Noon to 1:00pm. Click here to register.
Coffee Chat — Goal 2: Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World (11/12):Are you teaching a course on the new General Education Mathematics or Science Lists? If so, this session is for you! The Goal 2 Committee will review the university goal rubric for Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World and discuss ideas from some pilot assessments. Participants will practice scoring sample assignments with the rubric, consider final exam data from large classes, and brainstorm ideas for designing assignments. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, November 9. Join us for this event on Thursday, November 12 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Click here to register.
Coffee Chat — Student Mental Health(11/17): An increasing percentage of college students struggle with mental health disorders — including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, PTSD, and other conditions — posing unique challenges. Instructors are often among the first to recognize a need for intervention but are often unsure how best to help. In this session, Amber Bennett, Assistant Director of Michigan Tech Counseling Services, will work through common student scenarios with participants. We’ll discuss resources, warning signs, best practices, and things to avoid in our instructional role. Join us for this event on Wednesday, November 17 from 3:30 to 4:30. Click here to register.
Cell phones are used in class by students regardless any policy restricting them. Should we continue to fight against device usage in class, or find other ways to keep students focused on the lecture?
James is a bioinformatics student. He was originally a biomedical engineering student until he switched majors over the summer. He has worked at the Jackson CTL for 1 year and also works as the business manager of the Lode student newspaper. Outside of Michigan Tech, James doesn’t do much professionally. In his spare time James enjoys catching up with the fam, playing board games & video games with friends, biking and other outdoor activities, playing guitar, and binging on Netflix.