Archive for May 2017

Playing Chicken: Knowing When to Adapt Your Teaching Strategy

Introduction Much of my professional research and career interests have focused on planning and designing education and training experiences. While research consistently supports the importance of effective instructional planning, there is also much to be said about mastering the role of adaptability in teaching. In other words, knowing when to change and adapt “the plan” […]

Scaffolding Eats Coddling for Lunch

[W]hy would we expect students who have come of age in neighborhoods and schools surrounded by people who largely look and think as they do to be highly skilled at handling personal insults hurled by those with different, yet similarly narrowly shaped, experiences and beliefs? Why should we expect that people who have experienced different […]

Transforming Students into Self-Directed Learners

I recently had the opportunity to read “Self-Directed Learning: A Guide for Students and Teachers”, by Malcolm Knowles. It was a quick and easy read that reminds us both as learners and instructors the need for learner-centered design. One of the best ways to encourage transformation in a learner is to put them at the […]

Americans’ Literacy Levels

Infographic showing Americans’ Literacy Levels for interpreting prose narrative, document information, and quantitative information. Examples of the five levels of literacy included in the graphic: Level 1 — Locate the time of a meeting on a form; Level 2 — Locate an intersection on a street map; Level 3 — Interpret instructions from an appliance […]

Building Teacher-Scholar Communities out of Silos

Written by Kristi Archuleta, Ed.D., Adult Education & Safety Sciences; Jody Horn, Ph.D., Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning — Epiphany is a common word in the world of teaching and learning.  When faculty attend book discussions or workshops on various aspects of teaching and learning, over time lightbulbs start to turn on. […]