Center for Teaching and Learning

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June 10, 2017

Modeling effective faculty-librarian collaboration

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By Reed Garber-Pearson and Polly Myers The online learning environment can feel all too calculated, given it’s growing dependency on learning management software like Canvas. Module learning predetermines a rigid workflow, leaving little room for learning in exploration and choice. In an effort to heed scholars Heidi Skurat Harris and Michael Greer’s call for giving online…


July 11, 2016

Reducing the distance in distance learning

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By Colleen Dillon and Miriam Hirschstein At first blush, teaching a distance learning course in infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) seems like a paradox. Training in this relationship-based field is intensely inter- and intra-personal. What would it require to translate and enact both the content and the methods of the IECMH field online,…


May 10, 2016

Thinking slow in online learning

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by Polly Myers For students and teachers alike, online courses can be overwhelming because of altered patterns of time. Learning Management Systems like Canvas and social media sites like Facebook provide a means for online programs to run 24/7. Students and instructors can spend either too much time online or not enough. As Brigid Schulte…


April 3, 2015

Thinking about learning communities, transformational learning, and online course design

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By Joe Hannah The problem of earning students’ trust, and truly inspiring them toward a life of learning and service, is central to my sense of purpose as a teacher. As more teaching moves into the online environment, and with my limited experience, I am just beginning to imagine using exclusively online formats to foster…


February 2, 2015

Muddiest point: Reflecting back to move forward

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By Ken Yasuhara For the purposes of learning, reflection can be thought of as intentional bridging between past experience and future action. If getting your students to reflect sounds too complicated and time-consuming to fit into your busy ten-week quarter, consider an example of reflection that has all of the essential features but only takes…


January 20, 2015

Plagiarism and inclusive teaching: A perfect union?

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By Katie Malcolm, CTL Instructional Consultant “I wanted it to be perfect.” Paul, who preferred to be called by his “American name,” uttered, staring down at my desk. He had been in the US for a total of six weeks and now faced an accusation of academic misconduct with the consequences of potential expulsion and…


November 20, 2014

Classroom participation & stuffed animals

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By Debi Talukdar “Oh, that issue. I have it in my classes too. It happens, don’t worry.” This was the result of a conversation I was having with one of my colleagues at a staff meeting about large classroom participation. I had graded for this particular class of hundred students before, so I was aware…


November 6, 2014

Give students an inch (they won’t take a mile)

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Fostering Alliances and Accountability in the Classroom. by Jessica Canton In a recent session of English 111 a student came to class without his paper for peer review. He had written his paper, but as he was running to class his paper had flown out of his backpack and before he could retrieve it, a…


October 21, 2014

Great question. Let’s Google it

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By Maya Smorodinsky To begin every course, we implore students to silence their cell phones, refrain from Facebook, and abstain from lap-texting (you, in the third row, despite your best intentions, crotch-staring is not a sign of active learning). When students inevitably flout these policies, it is frustrating and disappointing. It may be a surprise,…


October 7, 2014

Mindfulness in higher education

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By Linda Watts Last spring, I participated in an Online Learning Institute conducted at UW Bothell. Since I had long been skeptical about the ways in which my own teaching might travel into an online environment, I opted to confront those reservations directly. That is, I decided to develop an online design not only for…



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