Volume 03, Number 1 | January 15, 2020
Virtual Faculty Conference
Registration is Now Available!

On January 24th, 2020, Baker College will be hosting its first Virtual Faculty Conference, featuring encore presentations originally given at the May 2019 Faculty Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The schedule and session descriptions and registration are available on the conference flyer.

CTE Professional Development Offerings
> Teaching Strategies for Inclement Weather
Michigan winter weather can be brutal, but instructors can ensure that teaching and learning continue despite unfavorable weather conditions. The session reviews the Expectations for Asynchronous Teaching for Inclement Weather and shares different tools to engage students when they are not meeting face-to-face.

To view the recorded session, click on the link below:

Inclement Weather Recorded Session

New Gradebook Professional Development Workshops
Participants of this PD will get an overview of the New Gradebook, with a focus on additional features and changes:  Gradebook menu options, View menu options, Actions menu option, Gradebook column options, Grades management, and the new Student Grades view.

To register for a session click on the link(s) below:

CTE has reviewed all of the materials available regarding the new Gradebook, and found the following items to be your best resources:
> Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style
The seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association streamlines the process of creating references in APA Style. It is now easier and more straightforward to create references for all works and to accurately and consistently attribute sources. Join members of the APA Style team as they provide an in-depth look at the simplified reference system by describing the rationale behind it, how to format references using it, and the ways in which references are easier to create because of it. 

To register for a session, click on the link(s) below:
Instructor Resources & Updates
Have you checked out the new CTE Research Guide?
Here are a few topics to explore as you begin the new semester:

The First Days of Class

Managing the Classroom Environment

Fostering an Inclusive Classroom

Information Literacy & the Library
Help Students Stay Motivated throughout the Semester
After the hype of the Fall semester has come and gone, students continue to work toward their academic goals with the expectation that motivation stays consistent. Many students, however, are challenged with the start of a new term as they progress well into their program of study. Here are a few ways to keep students focused and engaged: 

Create a Community of Sharers:  Transparent conversations about students' well-being creates connections and a sense of community with others. Students begin to feel less isolated when they have the chance to share hopes, fears, and mental roadblocks.

Use Social Media to Keep Students Engaged: Learning does not stop when the clock hits the final few minutes of the class, so keeping students engaged through online communication will help them feel more connected to the content and the classroom community. Share announcements, relevant news articles, or open a Twitter hashtag (i.e., #bakercollegenurses) to keep lines of communication open to all. 

Set up a Coffee Chat in Class:  Jeremy Osborne from Cornerstone University hosted a Lilly Conference presentation (2018) sharing how he and his students brought in their favorite coffee and tea mugs; he brought the beverages. Each mug told a story of travel, attending a conference, or motivational phrase. Students reminisced about their lives and listened to their classmates share inspiring stories.  

Technology Tools

With the chance of inclement weather impacting the engagement with students, faculty have several opportunities to use technology to keep pace with the curriculum.

BigBlueButton (in Canvas): Learn about how live video conferencing can be used with students when meeting face-to-face is a challenge. 
Screencast Lectures: Bonni Stachowiak shares her experiences with screencasting, along with several examples and links on how to get started.
Curriculum Updates
Clarifying Expectations and Directions on Assignments

Whether the assignment happens once or four times throughout the semester, establishing clear guidelines, directions, and expectations for assignments is a win-win for both students and instructors. 

Here are some tips for writing clear directions for course assignments. As always, more communication (on paper, online, and face-to-face) is better than less.

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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