In this edition of the LIFE newsletter, we want to continue the critical conversation around student evaluations. We have a new resource available for all faculty and staff that breaks down bias in SET and recommendations to counter it. Additionally, next week's PETAL Speaker series on April 5th features Dr. Susanna Calkins of Northwestern University. Dr. Calkins will explore inclusive approaches to evaluating teaching and more. We're also excited to share our 2021 Annual Report, an opportunity to apply for the 2022 FLC, and a new section of our newsletter: Small Change, Big Impact.
Apply for the 2022 Faculty Learning Community
Applications are now open for the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Learning through Dialogue and Discussion in support of the University of Miami’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

About the Program: The FLC program comprises three distinct cohorts, each exploring a different discussion-based teaching method: 
  • Harkness Method
  • Flipped Learning
  • Problem-based Learning.
FLC Fellows Receive: Up to $4,000, which may be used to support a student assistant or may be applied toward a course buyout. In addition, each FLC Fellow will have access to a $2,000 fund that can be used for research, professional-development activities, and equipment.
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Upcoming Events 
Evaluating Teaching: Benefits, Boundaries, and Alternate Strategies

Tuesday, April 5th
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Susanna Calkins of Northwestern University will discuss the history of course evaluations, and explore meaningful, inclusive, and effective approaches to evaluating teaching.

Join us for PETAL's first in-person event!

Wednesday, April 6th
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Presenters from the museum will give an overview guided tour while highlighting specific onsite and digital resources and providing guidance on how to access museum resources and support for the enhancement of their teaching practice. 

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New Resources
Critical Perspectives on Students Course Evaluations

This article was inspired by a recent PETAL Speakers Series session, “Critical Perspectives on Student Course Evaluations,” and aims to continue the conversation and research shared on how we evaluate teaching. Learn more about SET, examples of student bias, and some recommendations to counter it. 

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2021 Annual Report
The Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement team has continued to expand its impact on the University of Miami. Last year, the team engaged in 201 distinct projects, consultations, workshops, and more with faculty members across the institution. Read our 2021 Annual Report to learn more!
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Small Change, Big Impact
An easy-to-implement activity or strategy to promote active, student-centered learning.
Jigsaw is a cooperative group activity developed in the early 1970s by Elliot Aronson. The strategy encourages students to actively listen, engage with their peers and practice their communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.
How to Implement Jigsaw:
First, students are divided into expert groups where they master a topic or prompt and create resources or responses related to that prompt.

Next, new groups are formed. Each group must comprise of students from different expert groups. Each student in their new group uses the information gathered in their expert groups to teach and facilitate a discussion for the other group members.
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