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Executive Vice President and Provost

Re-visiting the Classics on Diversity and Inclusion Session 2

The second in a CETL/NCBI sponsored series on diversity and inclusion, facilitator Karen Mitchell, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, will lead this discussion on Antonina Darder’s "Teaching as an Act of Love: Reflections on Paulo Freire and His Contributions to Our Lives and Our Work". Darder reflects on the work of Paolo Freire, (1921-1997), whose important book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) emphasized the crucial connection between education and the struggle for equity and justice. Darder’s article is a valuable read for those who are unfamiliar with Freire’s work, as well as for those who wish to deepen their understanding. The article is available for download under the event description on the CETL website calendar. No registration required.

Effective Teaching for Effective Learning: What the Research Says

How can we teach so that our students can learn most effectively? Facilitated by Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, this session summarizes some of the recent research on effective teaching and effective learning. We will align general learning goals for students in many courses—content knowledge, application, developing critical/creative thinking skills, etc.—with what the research says instructors can do in the classroom to facilitate that learning. Register online at OR by clicking the "Register Now" link on the CETL website. 


The Quest for Kudos Challenge: Adding Constructive Competition to Enhance a Cooperative Learning Experience

“The Quest for Kudos Challenge,” is a long-term, multitask, large group competition where students compete for a reward in the context of a cooperative learning experience. Facilitated by Sarah Rosol, Department of Management, this session will describe the challenge and review the logistics of doing a cooperative and competitive class project. Research findings suggest, among other things, that students who participated in the Quest for Kudos Challenge received higher exam scores and participated more often in class. Instructor outcomes included positive feedback from students and colleagues, as well as higher student evaluations. The Quest for Kudos Competition guidelines are easily adaptable for use by instructors in a variety of courses/disciplines. No registration required.


Recognizing and Helping Students in Distress

David Towle, director of the Counseling Center, will present information about the Counseling Center's services, give an overview of the kinds of issues for which UNI students seek counseling, discuss how we can recognize when a student might be in distress and how we can make sure that students are referred to appropriate mental health services. Co-sponsored by Cornerstone Faculty Development. No registraton required.

Small Group Activities for Student Centered Learning

One of the topics that garnered the most interest at the Fall Faculty Workshop was small group work. This session presents three different activities that might be effective in your classes. Nikki Harken, Department of Communication Studies, will give examples of how to incorporate role-playing into literature circles where each student is responsible for having their 'part' prepared to participate in group discussion. Deedee Heistad, LAC, will address the ways in which she incorporates small group peer review using a modified version of the AAC&U Value rubric that focuses on teamwork proficiencies. Chad Heinzel, Department of Geology,  will talk about how to do collaborative exams/quizzes and what he’s learned from doing them. Please register online at OR by clicking "Register Now" on the CETL website.


Dynamic Classroom Motivation: Helping Learners Visualize their Possible Selves

Tammy Gregerson, Department of Languages and Literature,  will explore how a learner's motivation interacts with other emotional and psychological variables in ever-fluctuating, moment-by-moment ways and how teachers might capitalize on their learners' future visions of themselves. The presentation will include examples of Gregerson's research where she has observed postiive learning and affective motivational outcomes. Co-sponsored by the Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series.


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