Prior to becoming the Director for the Center of the Advancement of Teaching and Learning I was unaware of what a special entity we as a campus had available to us: the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID).
I guess I assumed all large state systems, such as the UW System, had an office whose role was to serve as a central teaching and learning resource to faculty and staff throughout the system. I was wrong. OPID is rather unique among systems and so I wanted to share with you OPID’s mission and let you know how, as a faculty or staff member, you can take advantage of this fabulous resource. Continue reading
Teaching inside and learning outside the classroom
I am still new to teaching, but I already understand that although teaching is the goal, ensuring that students are learning is the more difficult task. When I think back to my time at UWGB, I remember having a successful classroom career. I faithfully took notes during lecture, reviewed them, and answered questions efficiently on exams. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. Wilhelm Wundt was the first to conduct psychological experiments. I can still bring a pretty good argument to the table as to why jazz developed in New Orleans and not somewhere else like, say, Paris. Continue reading
When teaching, there is a diverse array of factors that an instructor has to be aware of. On a class to class basis you have to be sure that you have the right amount of content, that you provide opportunities for active learning and that you build in factors to increase engagement. When it comes to more of the minutia of class management, an instructor also has to make a lot of decisions in advance about what the norms for appropriate classroom behavior will be. These can range from behaviors more directly related to learning and attention such as the use of laptops, texting, and attendance, to factors such as eating and talking to neighbors, which may not be as directly tied to attention. Continue reading