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March 28 Faculty Panel – Capstone Courses: Developing and Refining the Culminating Experience for Seniors

On March 28, Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) and the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) hosted a faculty development workshop, “Capstone Courses: Developing and Refining the Culminating Experience for Seniors”. A WSU faculty panel of participants in last summer’s Capstone Assignment Design Charrette with Dr. Pat Hutchings shared their experiences developing and refining their capstone course and key assignment, including ways to more deeply engage students and more effectively integrate learning in a culminating experience.  » More …

May 2017 Assignment Design Workshops: Open for Registration

The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) is pleased to offer two assignment design workshops this May, designed to assist instructors in designing and refining assignments to more effectively foster and assess student learning, while increasing possibilities for student success. Developing powerful, clear assignments is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Assignments impact student learning, yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building.  » More …

Assignment Design Support for Faculty and Departments

The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) is pleased to offer collaborative assignment design charrettes and mini-workshops to WSU faculty and departments, adapted to meet goals, needs, and individual or group contexts. Developing powerful, clear assignments is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Assignments impact student learning, yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building.  » More …

Faculty Work to Enhance Learning in Capstone Courses: Hutchings Workshop

DSC_0138WSU faculty had a unique opportunity over the summer to enhance high-impact culminating senior experiences for students. On May 25-26, WSU hosted a two-day workshop with Dr. Patricia Hutchings, senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and previously senior scholar and vice president at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she worked extensively with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Thirty one faculty participated in the workshop, representing 24 departments and 4 WSU locations. Workshop participants shared a capstone (senior-level culminating) assignment with peers in conversations intended to help guide assignment revision as a summer follow-up activity. The assignments were from both UCORE capstones and other capstones for the major. » More …

Assignment Design Workshop: Registration Deadline April 25

PHOTO - Pat Hutchings

WSU faculty teaching senior culminating academic experiences (often called capstones) for an undergraduate degree or UCORE are invited to a unique summer opportunity to explore integrative learning and assignment design.

WSU is proud to host a two-day workshop with Dr. Patricia Hutchings, senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and previously senior scholar and vice president at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she worked extensively with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  » More …

ATL Visits Urban Campuses

Assessment of degree programs is most effective when all teaching faculty and program leadership are involved. Regular and systematic inclusion of faculty and leadership on urban campuses promotes useful assessment and also contributes to meeting WSU’s accreditation standards.  Accordingly, ATL visits WSU’s urban campuses annually to provide support for assessment and to help ATL staff better understand the wide range of assessment contexts, strengths, and challenges in undergraduate programs across campuses. » More …

Scientific Teaching Workshop

Scientific Teaching involves applying scientific methods and rigor to teaching practice; it encourages using active learning strategies to better engage students in learning. On October 17, Dr. Samantha Gizerian and Dr. Steve Lampa introduced the principles of scientific teaching as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Academy. Attendees mapped deliberate teaching methods to the scientific method, learned differences between passive and active learning in scientific teaching and were provided with specific examples of how to use scientific teaching in the classroom.

For more information on scientific teaching, contact Dr. Gizerian or Dr. Lampa or visit the Center for Scientific Teaching. To learn more about workshops offered through the Teaching Academy, contact Rachel Halsey.

Flipping the Classroom, Panel Discussion

The flipped classroom is a teaching model in which students study traditional lecture material outside of class and instructors use class time to guide activities traditionally assigned as homework.  Flipping the classroom allows instructors to repurpose class time  for student questions about lecture content, hands-on application of knowledge, and interaction with classmates around course material. A large body of research has confirmed that flipped classrooms can improve student learning, and as WSU Vice Provost Erica Austin noted during a October 2013 panel discussion, the flipped approach increases the likelihood that students will stay in college.

For more about the Flipped Classroom Panel Discussion, please see the WSU News article and a video of the panel discussion. To learn more about the flipped approach, consider workshops offered through the Global Campus or contact ATL staff.

Diane O’Dowd Visit: Teaching Large Classes

From February 1st to 3rd, Diane O’Dowd, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and neurobiologist, delivered a keynote address and conducted a series of workshops at WSU about active learning in large classes, teaching in STEM disciplines, and balancing a successful research career with effective and creative teaching. The event was sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine- Teaching Academy with support from ADVANCE at WSU; the WSU Graduate School; the Office of the Provost and the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning. » More …

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