Posts Categorized: resources

What We’re Reading: How to Teach Digital Literacy

Illustration by Clare Reid In my previous review of Safiya U. Noble’s book Algorithms of Oppression, I suggested that we needed to do better at teaching critical literacy skills. But how? I want to share a couple of resources today that were created especially for educators looking to incorporate critical digital literacy skills into their… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Connected Teaching

illustration by Clare Reid Recently a colleague lent me a book called Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education, by Harriet Schwartz (2019), in response to my interest in knowing more about growth and human development in the context of learning. The book introduced me to Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), a human development… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Narratives of First-Generation College Students

illustration by Clare Reid The 2015 novel Make Your Home Among Strangers (Macmillan), by Jennine Capó Crucet, follows the trajectory of Lizet, a first-generation college student who leaves her native Miami for an education at an elite New England liberal arts college where she has earned a scholarship. As Lizet struggles through her first semester’s… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Rigorous Reflection

illustration by Clare Reid In “Legitimating Reflective Writing in SoTL” (Sept. 2019, Teaching and Learning Inquiry), authors Alison Cook-Sather, Sophia Abbot, and Peter Felten argue that reflection—a powerful teaching and learning tool—is discounted by many teachers because of “dysfunctional illusions of rigor.”

What We’re Reading: High-Impact Practices in Online Education

illustration by Clare Reid High-impact practices (HIPs, e.g., collaborative assignments, writing-intensive classes, global learning, etc.) have been widely studied and recognized as effective teaching and learning experiences for students. But these practices are often only envisioned for and studied in a face-to-face learning environment. In contrast, the educators in the collection High-Impact Practices in Higher… Read more »

Reflecting on our winter Digital Learning Day: Designing With Canvas

faculty using Canvas on a laptop

On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, CNDLS hosted “Designing with Canvas,” a  Digital Learning Day to explore best practices for creating courses in Canvas. Despite the poor weather, 30 faculty and staff were in attendance, filling the room at Car Barn 315 to overflow. Learning Design Specialists Lee Skallerup Bessette and Randal Ellsworth started the day… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Resourcefulness Can (and Should) be Taught

illustration by Clare Reid In “Interpreting Students’ Experiences with Academic Disappointments Using Resourcefulness Scores as a Lens” (2019, Teaching and Learning Inquiry), authors Rebecca Martin and Deborah Kennett describe their qualitative study of twenty college students who had experienced academic disappointments. Crucially, these students varied in terms of resourcefulness (defined here as the ability to… Read more »

Digital Learning Webinar: Using Media in Your Course – Recording Available!

Man filming with production camera

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, CNDLS got together with Gelardin to deliver the final Digital Learning Webinar of the Fall 2019 semester, Using Media in Your Course. The facilitators for the webinar were Barrinton Baynes, Multimedia Specialist at the Gelardin New Media Center; Bingran (Ann) Wang, Online Course Coordinator at CNDLS; and Yiran Sun, Digital… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Actual Learning vs. The Feeling of Learning

A drawing of two classrooms: in one, the teacher is lecturing happily to students. In another, students are doing active learning while the teacher looks on, pondering.

illustration by Clare Reid A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019) is a great demonstration of why teaching only with our guts isn’t enough and why outsourcing overall evaluation of our teaching and our students’ learning to the students themselves is done at our own peril. The article,… Read more »