Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Holy ****, you're actually listening to me" Student-faculty collaboration to improve courses Free Fri 5/20 2pmEDT Successful in several courses over several years at Elon University: Faculty invite students to help improve next offering of course.  More...

Collaboration initiated by experienced faculty who believe students who recently took a course were not learning something important - not learning it easily or well enough. 1 faculty + a few students per course, all volunteers, meet 6-8 times before course begins again.  Students encouraged to share expertise on student experience, attitudes.  Faculty encouraged to share expertise in subject, course, teaching.  

Students read work of previous students, observe current class, provide peer view of student learning;  privacy, confidentiality honored.
Students like being listened to by faculty:  "Holy ****, you're actually listening to me" 

Most faculty participating are recognized as teaching "good" courses, not "broken" courses.
Collaborations organized and facilitated by Director of Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning. 
Associate Professor and Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

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