Welcome to the Center for Teaching & Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), located on the Hillsboro campus in the library, room 201, offers teaching support to faculty members interested in improving student learning by creating engaging learning environments. Please stop by to use the available technology, check out books, and share strategies and perspectives with colleagues.
Talking, Texting and Tardiness, Oh My!
Recently, we had a few sessions discussing disruptive behaviors in the classroom, and how to handle them. Here is a compiled list of suggestions from those sessions available to download.
IN THE NEWS:
10 Reasons Why Blended Learning is Exploding
This E-Campus News article gives reasons why blended learning is sticking around, and challenges us to think about its future.
Test Taking Helps Students Learn
New research shows that test-taking actually helps people learn, and it works better than repeated studying and creating concept maps. If you’re considering adding frequent online quizzes to your face-to-face and/or online classes, this research gives support for doing so. Here’s a link to the article that describes the research, To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test.
Common Core State Standards
The state of Missouri, along with over thirty other states, has adopted Common Core State Standards. The standards are the result of a state-led effort to ensure high school graduates are prepared for college or work. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are collaborating to define the knowledge and skills students should acquire during their K-12 education so that upon graduation they are able to succeed in entry-level college credit courses and in workforce training programs. Teachers, school administrators, and other experts are involved in developing the standards. English-language arts and mathematics standards have been completed and standards for other disciplines are in the process of being developed. To learn more consider reading the answers to frequently asked questions about Common Core State Standards.
Keeping the Classroom Civil
Pier M. Forni, a professor of Italian literature, is the author of The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude, scheduled to be published this June. Learn about his approach to responding to rude students by reading the short Chronicle article, Civil Engineering. Forni’s book will be available for checkout from the Jefferson College library later this summer.
Retreat from Online Learning?
This article from eCampus News briefly discusses the slow retreat from online growth made by colleges who offer few online courses, despite a continued commitment from those who have many online offerings. The article is based on results from the Babson Group's 2013 Survey of Online Learning.
The following link is to a book excerpt published on the Community College Times website. The book is titled, "Mission, Vision and Values in American Community Colleges: Noble Ambitions."