Starting the Intellectual Engine Online

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Picture of Tracey FearlessWriten by Tracy Fairless, M.A., Director of Learning Design, Center for eLearning and Connected Environments –

“Students should be made to grapple with the material and receive authentic practice in thinking like an expert,” said Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012) article entitled “Harvard Conference Seeks to Jolt University Teaching”, Wieman addressed the need for applying new approaches to teaching and learning. There is no mistaking the importance of covering concepts and theories in core undergraduate courses. However, emerging research calls to question the traditional teaching practice of lectures and standard forms of assessment and seeks to challenge professors to place emphasis on questions rather than answers. . . .  read more

Critical Reflection for University Teachers

Dr. Jody Horn

The UCO Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) distributes a hard bound, blank journal to each faculty member that participates in a CETTL faculty development event. We encourage faculty to write critical reflections and ideas about good teaching during CETTL activities, then discuss them with each other.

Here are a few of my comments and questions after participating in a recent session about “critical reflection for university teachers:” . . .  read more