Want to get your students to read the textbook? Ask them to write it. Barbara Gonos, criminal justice professor, did, and her students not only saved money, their exam grades went up. The professor shared her strategy with colleagues April 17 at the Great Ideas for Teaching workshop faculty meeting held in the Warner Student Life Center. Gonos was one of 13 from various disciplines who volunteered to demonstrate their best practices in learning and teaching methodologies.
Also on the agenda: creating virtual handouts using Excel (Spyro Roubos, instructor of mathematics); using self-regulatory learning skills (SRL) to improve student completion rates (Raj Wesley, assistant professor of psychology); applying principles of strengths-based education in the classroom (Fidel Wilson, assistant professor of counseling); helping students connect concepts with mind mapping (Christine Greco, instructor of psychology); and engaging students with games (Eric Goll, associate professor of chemistry) or poster research assignments (Terry Konn, professor of radiologic technology).
Maria Fernandez and Cathleen Goode, professors of counseling, shared insight on the work on generations by sociologist Morris Massey. Eleanor Horgan, associate professor of counseling, used discussion and real case scenarios to assist faculty in dealing with students exhibiting signs of suicide, engaging in disruptive classroom behavior or revealing emotional trauma through writing.
Several sessions centered on maximizing features of the Canvas learning management system. These included demonstrations on SpeedGrader (Carey Fox, professor of biology), analytics (Karen D’Agostino, professor of English), submitting homework (Sarah Leahy, assistant professor of economics) and using the gradebook function (Oly Malpica Proctor, assistant professor of mathematics, and Linda Wang, professor of mathematics).
To see pictures from the event, click here.