I try to convey to students that learning is a life-long engagement, which requires discerning skills and an open, yet critical mind. I believe that one way of delivering that message is to constantly assess and improve my own teaching using student outcomes and evaluations, researching best teaching practices, attending teaching focused workshops/conferences, and asking colleagues to visit and assess my classes.
Conferences/Workshops/Courses on Teaching
Academy for Civic Engagement, Auburn University, May, 2015
AHA Tuning Workshop, AHA annual meeting, NYC, January 2, 2015
Online Learning Faculty Training, American University, Spring 2012 + 2013
Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning, American University, 2011 + 2012
Building Student Engagement, American University, 2010
Advanced Blackboard 9 + Introduction to Wimba + The Google Classroom, American University, 2010
Becoming an Effective College Instructor, University of Kansas, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2008
Preparing Future Faculty, University of Kansas, Research & Graduate Studies, 2007
Additional Scholarship on Teaching I have consulted
In addition to regularly scanning the Chronicle of Higher Education for teaching tips, I have consulted the following helpful works:
Ambrose, Susan A. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teacher’s Do.
Bean, John C. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom.
Brown, Peter C. make it stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
Draves, William A. Advanced Teaching Online.
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.
Lemov, Doug. Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College.
An example for how I have applied new insights