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Principles of Learning from New Faculty Orientation 2020

The following was presented at the virtual New Faculty Orientation at UCO for the Fall 2020 semester, by Dr. Jody Horn —  Brain-Based Principles of Learning: Malleable; Changed by Experience Connects New Information to Old Unique and Uniquely Organized Not Equal, because context and ability influence learning Other important concepts to consider for effective teaching: […]

Selected Professional Development Resources about Social Injustice for Faculty and Staff

Addressing Racial and Social Injustice In times that underscore the ongoing need to not just denounce racism but to be anti-racist, CETTL, 21CPI, STLR, and ELA commit to more than simply continuing what we do now…We further commit to accepting the challenge that we, UCO, and the nation must meet to bring justice and equity […]

Anti-racist Pedagogy Reading List 2020

In part compiled by Andrea Aebersold, Ph. D – University of California, Irvine —  Akamine Phillips, Jennifer; Risdon, Nate; Lamsma, Matthew; Hambrick, Angelica; & Jun, Alexander (2019). Barriers and strategies by white faculty who incorporate antiracist pedagogy. Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice, 3(2). Alexander, M. (2020 – updated edition) The New […]

Students Giving Thanks, Spring 2020

During the last couple of weeks, the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI), part of UCO’s Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, has offered an opportunity for UCO students to send Thank You notes to professors. During a period of two weeks, close to 300 students submitted notes. Below you can read some of […]

Incorporating Transformative Learning into a Spanish Course

Introduction I attended UCO’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) training in the summer of 2019 and subsequently used information from that instruction to redesign one of my fall 2019 Elementary Spanish I culture activities. Motivating my effort was interest in refreshing course assignments, helping students meet course and UCO transformative learning objectives in new and […]

Three Techniques for Using Micro-Credentials to Engage Learners

Think of a time when you completed a college course, a webinar, or a workplace seminar… There were most likely records of your attendance and completion…but…how were you able to communicate the skills you gained with others? Did you receive a paper certificate? A standard transcript? Micro-credentials are gaining popularity in education and workplace settings […]

Writing Learning Objectives – A challenge from an unworkshop

An Unworkshop is a space where faculty informally come together to offer feedback and discuss among others faculty pedagogical challenges. Faculty are encouraged to submit a challenge as well as comment on another. Writing in any way on three separate challenges or responses is equal to meeting one faculty learning outcome (FLO) in UCO’s 21st […]

Dynamic Lecturing – Seven Online Lecture Enhancement Strategies

Dr. Christine Harrington, one of the keynote speakers at the Sept. 7th and 8th, 2020 Collegium and co-author of the notable book on Dynamic Lecturing, has summarized helpful techniques for Dynamic Lecturing in Synchronous Online Lectures. Technology tools such as Zoom make it easy for faculty to conduct live teaching sessions in an online environment.  […]

Creating Compelling Learning Value Propositions

The Quest for Learner “Engagement” When educators think about their aspirations for the students who enroll in their classes, a common desire is for students to be “engaged.” The goal of creating engagement is widely discussed in transformative teaching and learning literature, conferences, and publications; however, for many educators this can remain a more theoretical […]

The Forest for the Trees: A Personal Reflection on Transformative Learning and Study Abroad

Written by Charles Gosset, ACC; Associate Certified Coach; Full Integration Coaching, LLC. —  Long before I had ever heard the term “transformative learning,” I was being exposed to educational opportunities that developed my beyond-disciplinary skills and expanded my relationship with self, others, community and environment (https://sites.uco.edu/central/tl/). Looking back, one of the clearest examples was an […]