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
“Developing Students to Succeed in Active Learning Classrooms,” roundtable at International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, University of Minnesota, August 9-11, 2017
Course ReDesign Seminar, Auburn University, May 2017
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