GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) is an opportunity to support conversations about teaching and learning. If you would like to contribute to the weekly GIFTS series, please contact Georgine Hodgkinson, Professional Development Coordinator, at hodgkig (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu.
At the California Guided Pathways Institute #5 (Ensuring Students are Learning and Progressing Along the Pathway) workshops focused on teaching and learning. These handouts on active learning were provided by Jackie Williams, Professor of English, at Fresno City College. They and shared here with her permission. Please feel free to use, or adapt, for your instructional needs.
The Library’s Online APA Style Guide
The Library’s Online MLA Style Guide
The Library’s Distance Education Resources Guide (lots of good material here even if you aren’t teaching DE)
The Library’s User Guide for Films on Demand (streaming media)
The Library’s User Guide for Kanopy (streaming media)
The Library’s User Guide to link database content
The Library’s Purchase Request Form
The Library’s Resources for Faculty/Staff website
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article on effective syllabi: https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-syllabus?cid=wsinglestory_hp_1
This video, featuring Professor Lisa Marchand, encourages faculty to consider adopting course design and grading methods that would enable assessment of ALL course SLO’s in all classes, every semester without adding to their workload. Click the link below for a ½ hour presentation that explains this possibility, and how to set up Canvas. This program was recorded on 10/26/2018 during the Can-Innovate Webinar: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/slo/
“Standards,” “rigor,” and “course outlines” are all well-and-good, but how often can one topic be taught at a much lower- or higher-level than the true intent of the course? If you have ten different instructors teaching different sections of the same course, how can you, as a department, optimize the chance of aligning outcomes and levels without sacrificing the instructor’s academic freedom? With a 40+ faculty, the Mathematics Department found that the range in levels for outcomes of the same course were drastically dissimilar and we have taken measures to completely align for the sake of student success. Come out to learn how we have begun a unified journey to develop common finals while still allowing for the flexibility of the instructor’s “voice” and style. Workshop facilitator: Roy Simpson, Professor of Mathematics.
If you teach online courses this conference may be of interest to you! The Online Teaching Conference gets positive faculty reviews year after year:
Also, check out this link full of great ideas for guiding students through the research process: