Number 3, Vol. 9 | September 15, 2020
From the Provost 
> Diverse Ways of Knowing
The seventh learning structure in the Baker College Learning Model (BCLM) is diverse ways of knowing. Classrooms were designed to appeal to the most common learning style, and all students were expected to perform equally. Current research on learning, assessment, and student behavior demonstrates that there is a wide and diverse range of abilities in any class and that all students have the capacity to learn, but not all students will learn and perform optimally in the same setting or on the same assignment. Therefore, quality education seeks to allow each student to operate from a point of strength while at the same time developing in other areas that are not as strong.

We can see this in our own day to day lives when we need to figure out how to do something, such as fixing a household item. We can likely go online and find a website that provides a list of steps, a tutorial with photos, or a video demonstration. Learning in a classroom should provide a similar level of choices.

The default delivery mode is often lecture. Diverse ways of knowing encourages us to do what we can to differentiate our instructional delivery so students can learn in a manner that works best for them. While one student may learn quite well from a lecture, another student may need to take more time to unpack concepts through additional reading, discussion, worked examples, or mapping it out. Writing is frequently a way in which we ask students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. One student may be able to simply sit at the computer and write. Whereas another student may need to take more time to engage in prewriting activities, such as create a concept map, generate a list of supporting details, and then take time to craft their response.

Diverse ways of knowing encourages us to appreciate the different approaches that our students need to take to arrive at the same point in their educational journey. As faculty and instructors, it is our role to create space in the classroom for the different paths and to provide as much support and flexibility as possible to help them along the way. We can accomplish this by varying our approaches to teaching and assessment and modeling different ways to think concepts. 
Baker College Virtual Conference
BC Virtual Conference Details & Registration
We are excited to announce that BC will host a three-day Virtual Faculty Conference on September 22-24, 2020.  This event will feature all-new presentations and allow faculty the opportunity to engage in sessions led by peer faculty and BC staff on best practices, strategies, and topics related to:
  • promoting student learning and engaging students
  • encouraging classroom collaboration with and between students
  • integrating diverse and innovative learning strategies
  • inspiring mastery and success of learning
Professional Development Sessions
> Live Learning with the CTE Team
In addition to the Baker College Virtual Conference, the CTE has many offerings for you to take part in. Click the hyperlinks to register. 
Zoom: Breakout Rooms (September 29th @ 12 PM or 5 PM ET)
Zoom: Polling (October 1st @ 12 PM or 5 PM ET)
VidGrid 101: Getting Started (October 5 @ 12 PM or 5 PM ET)
Teamwork & Professionalism (October 6th @ 12 PM ET)
VidGrid Video Editing (October 8th @ 12 PM or 5 PM ET)
Canvas: Grades (October 9th @ 12 PM ET)
Canvas: Unicheck (October 15th @ 12 PM or 5 PM ET)

Visit the
CTE PD Opportunities Calendar to view and register for
additional upcoming webinars.
> Student Disability Services 101 for Faculty Awareness
This overview of Disability Services at Baker College will provide introductory information on the ADA in higher education, the processes for students to request accommodations at Baker, the procedures for instructors to verify and provide accommodations, and how to obtain more information or get assistance when uncertain about a student's accommodations. Hosted by Carol Boyer, Disability Services Specialist.
September 30 @ 6 PM
October 2nd @ 9 AM
> Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
The Baker College Virtual Conference will showcase the new Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) that are now integrated within General Education courses. The Center for Teaching Excellence has incorporated micro-learning sessions on these ISLOs to support the opportunity for all faculty to incorporate these competencies; they are now available in the CTE Research Guide. 
Watch the video of our General Education program directors share why they love the integrated curriculum approach.
Instructional Strategies

Are you hosting live class sessions via Zoom? Asking the class a question that requires them to demonstrate an understanding of the content you just presented and allowing the students to respond anonymously using the Polling feature is a helpful alternative to simply pausing to see if the students have any questions.

VidGrid is a new tool adopted by Baker College in August 2020, and is available for students and faculty via Canvas or by visiting Student Recording Assignments offer an alternative to a written submission.
> Expectations for Virtual Instruction
If you are teaching a course that has converted to virtual delivery, you will need to review and understand the expectations for instruction. Be sure to watch the video on the 50% Virtual Meeting Requirement for Fall 2020 on-ground courses.

Faculty teaching virtually will also need to engage in the Virtual Teaching Strategies Training course for more information and tools on virtual delivery. This training has been sent to all faculty teaching a course already slated for virtual delivery.

> APA 7th Edition
As you know Baker College uses APA as the formatting preference for all courses. APA updated their publication manual to a 7th edition this last year. Effective Fall 2020, BC has shifted to the 7th edition as well.

The APA Help page has been updated to reflect this change. You will see the resources have been streamlined and have several items that will be useful to share with students (as well as orient yourself to the changes from 6th to 7th edition). There is a great quick start type of resource to quickly identify some of the key differences between the two editions. Additionally, you will see that APA now provides more types of electronic sources and more specifics on how to reference electronic sources.

Take a look and share this information with students. As many of our current students have mastered APA using the 6th edition, please use some leniency regarding the use of specific formatting nuances that might be unique to the 7th edition. Give students feedback and time to adjust. Share the specific items you require in regard to APA formatting for each of your classes so it is clear to students.

Remember, the main goal here is that students have a formatting guide and style to use, and they are properly giving credit to sources by attempting to cite and reference those sources

Teaching and learning virtually present both challenges and opportunities. Many of the learner-centered instructional strategies that take advantage of students’ unique experiences and approaches are difficult to replicate virtually. However, leveraging a variety of tools can provide opportunities for students to engage and demonstrate their understanding in unique ways. One such tool is Discussions in Canvas.

Five Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Online Discussions
Five Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Online Discussions (Sardo & York, 2020) provides five different strategies to engage students in threaded discussions that allow them to leverage their own autonomy and uniqueness.

2020-2021 Faculty Handbook
The 2020/2021 Faculty Handbook has been updated. Please review the updated copy, and save for future reference.
Faculty Handbook
Congratulations to all faculty who received advancement in faculty rankings for the 2020-2021 academic year! We had 40  faculty members who were awarded advancement in rankings. We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to receiving more faculty rank advancement applications for the 21-22 academic year.
The 2021-2022 faculty rankings application cycle will open January 1, 2021, and close on June 1, 2021.


Randy Hill

Jessica Hoover

Angie Leuchtmann

Jenjen Liu-Toth

Kelly Martin

Anca Sala

Pattabhi Sitaram

Assistant Professor:

Keren Allen

Melissa Baird

Julie Grimmelsmen

Melissa Heglin

Annette Horton

Mark Jaeger

Felix Lao

Jenny Mark

Marisa May

Neusa McWilliams

Melissa Miller

Daniel Negersmith

Scott Twichell

Andrea VanEstenberg

Associate Profession:

Stanley Amaladas

Bob Barrett

Polly Bashore

Debra Bechtel

Natasha Chung

Anthony Coppola

Mary Dereshiwsky

Salgado Domingo

Kristen Light

Dineen Picerno

Russell Rhoton

Jamie Sowa

Christopher Stanglewicz

Michael Scott Sullvan

Jennifer Vogtmann

Ann Voorheis-Sargent

Dayne Walling

Tomeika Williams

Christopher Woodley

Amanda Wowra

Instructional Design & Assessment
>Outcomes Assessment
The Assessment Department of Baker College values your faculty role as an integral component of student learning and program success.  This training video will guide you through the Outcomes Assessment philosophy and process to help you better understand how your course is one important part of continuous improvement at Baker College.  
CTE Team Support
The Center for Teaching Excellence Team is working remotely and providing 1-to-1 and small group support for faculty. In many cases, campus Faculty Developers are available by phone, Google Hangouts Chat, and virtual conferences. Click here to find a CTE contact. 
The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to create, identify, and provide support structures and processes to cultivate a professional learning environment where faculty take ownership and are positioned to direct their own professional learning relative to Baker's mission and institutional goals. We are a collaborative entity which partners institution-wide to design, develop, present, and facilitate professional development in order to support and coach faculty in their pursuit of quality teaching and learning.

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