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Jefferson College promotes a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. The student-centered approach asserts that course content is best learned when instructors relate course content to students’ prior knowledge and experiences and provide learning experiences where students are active in their learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Jefferson College encourages instructors to present course content in ways that provide opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills, social skills, and self-regulation skills. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides specific information to instructors as they apply theory to the classroom.

The Adjunct Faculty Handbook provides information to support adjunct faculty.


“Texting, Talking, and Tardiness…. Oh My!”

Two sessions were held during the spring 2014 semester to discuss disruptive student behaviors.  During these sessions participants voiced their concerns and then compiled a list of strategies to deal with these behaviors.  Click here to view the list.

Here are additional resources addressing disruption for you to consider:

The University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center: Strategies to Discourage Disruptive Behavior 

Colorado State University College of Business: Strategies, Responding to Disruptive Students

IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning: Tips for Handling Disruptive Behavior

Also, look for this new book on the CTL shelf in the Library: A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior by Brian Van Brunt and W. Scott Lewis


Consider Embedding Questions In Your Syllabus 

Adding "Big Questions" to your classroom syllabus is a way get more students to read it and stimulate classroom discussion. More information on this technique can be found here.

Lecture vs. The Flip

What is a flipped classroom? It is more than just using video instead of lecture. Here is a website that provides useful information about making this transformation.  

Overcoming Student Resistance To A Flipped Classroom

It takes time for students to get used to a change in classroom environment. A useful resource for helping students with the transition to a flipped classroom can be found at this website.  

The Case for Twitter in Education

Whether we understand it or not, Twitter has proven its staying power, and it's advancing steadily into the ranks of education. Here's an excellent resource for understanding Twitter and the many ways it can be useful in your classrooms. 

What can MOOCs do for you?

MOOCs--or, Massive Open Online Courses--are designed to bring together a diverse group of people to learn and network. They are an excellent means of sharing ideas and making professional connections, and they provide the convenience of working from home or the office. 

From TED- Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

Teaching Unprepared Students
A transcript of the Magna Online Seminar on teaching unprepared students is available for checkout in the CTL. Consider taking a look at these selected Strategies for Teaching Unprepared Students.

The First Day of the Semester   
The first day of class sets the tone for the entire semester, so it is critical to establish a strong framework for student success, beginning on day one. Consider reading this list of 9 tips:
How to Engage Your Students from the First Day of Class.

Service Learning and Retention 
How can retention rates of students be increased? According to an article in the January 5, 2007, Community College Times, service-learning pedagogy may be the answer. Gail Robinson’s article, “Service Learning Starts to Make Inroads in Retention,” reports data that indicates service-learning not only “increase[s] retention rates among student participants,” it also results in higher grade point averages for participating students. To read the article, visit the CTL, room 201 in the Jefferson College Library.

Service Learning Video Portraits  
Several courses at Jefferson College include a service-learning component. The projects are a “win-win” because the real world application helps college students understand course content and the community is provided with needed services. Please click on the following links to view video segments of students, faculty members and a community partner reflecting on the benefits of Service Learning.


Early Childhood Education


Faculty considering incorporating Service Learning into a course will find a list of agencies wishing to be a community partner on the Viking Volunteer page of the Jefferson College website. 

Pre-Reading Throwdown:
How can I get students to do the reading? Consider using the Pre-Reading Throwdown technique developed by Dick Harrington, Faculty, English (Emeritus), Piedmont Virginia Community College (VA).  

Make your lectures interactive without the effort of developing new material: Learn about Peer Instruction and ConcepTests. "Peer Instruction is easy to implement in almost any subject and class. It doesn't require retooling of entire courses or curricula, or significant expenditures of time or money" (Harvard MAZUR Group website).

What's the difference between a Teaching-Centered and a Learning-Centered Approach? Which do you currently use in your teaching? Evaluate your approach with this table comparing Teaching-Centered and Learning-Centered Approaches.

Best Practices for Undergraduate Education:
Do you agree with Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education? Click on the link to explore ways to improve the learning of your students.  

Lecture as Active Learning 
With small changes, instructors can transform the lecture format into an active learning experience for students. Read Lecture as Active Learning to discover simple strategies to transform your lecture from a passive learning experience to an active learning experience.  The University of Minnesota's Center for Teaching and Learning has great suggestions for promoting student engagement during lecture. To view their tutorial, please click on the following link: Active Learning with PowerPoint.  

For more active learning strategies which can be easily integrated into lectures, read Chapter 18: Teaching Methods to Use with Lectures, in the book, What's the Use of Lectures? by Donald A. Bligh. Chapter 19: Some Combinations of Teaching Methods, provides examples of various combinations of lecture and other methods. For example, the Buzz Groups-Lecture combination is a strategy that quickly accomplishes the objective of promoting critical thinking on the part of students. The book is available in the Center for Teaching and Learning, Library room 201.


Global Education
The Jefferson College Mission statement promotes teaching that fosters the personal and social growth of students. Including elements of global education in day-to-day classroom activities is one way to facilitate the growth of students. For specific ways to integrate global education into your discipline, please click on the Discipline Specific tab above. For general information, check out the Global Community College website. 

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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 April 2014 )
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