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Integrative Learning: One Good Idea

Resources and updates from the Integrative Learning Steering Committee.


For 2017-2018, the Integrative Learning Steering Committee sponsored a series of "One Good Idea" Workshops to facilitate sharing of teaching practices and techniques.


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Creating a Positive, Inclusive and Instructive Learning Environment

What: Creating a Positive, inclusive, and Productive Learning Environment

When:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where:  Campus Center Formal Lounge (up the steps and overlooking the lobby)

Please join Dr. Monica McEnerney and Dr. Lisa Pleban as they share techniques for establishing a comfortable learning climate during the first weeks of your courses.  Participants will be asked to identify specific questions and issues to which the panelists will respond.

Hopes and Dreams

What:  Hopes and Dreams:  An exercise for re-imagining course and program goals

When:  Friday, November 10, 2017, 12:00-1:00

Where:  Library Media Viewing Room

The IL Steering Committee will lead participants in an exercise to clarify our “big dreams” for students and use these reflections to reimagine course and program goals.  This “backwards design” exercise is the first step in a course design process promoted by nationally recognized course design expert Dee Fink in his book Creating Significant Learning Experiences.  While the presentation comes from faculty discussions of teaching, the basic ideas will be valuable for any of us who plan programming for our students.  Even if you have been  asked to imagine your "big dreams" before, we invite you to join us for reflection and conversation as you begin to plan spring term courses and programs.  

Participants will also learn about the opportunity to attend an intensive course design workshop during the summer.

Scratch Card Group Quizzes

What: Scratch Card Group Quizzes 

When: Friday, September 29th,  12 Noon - 1PM

Where: Library Media Viewing Room

Giving group quizzes in class can be a productive way to promote learning of course material (in addition to assessing what students have learned). Chris Boettcher will demonstrate a technique in which students take group quizzes using lottery-style scratch cards. The idea comes to us from team-based learning, which is a model for intensive use of groups to promote active, collaborative learning in the classroom.  It is in wide use in professional programs nation-wide, but it works for any discipline