Congratulations to Faculty/Staff Innovator – Alisha Williams

Alisha Williams is an awardee of the Faculty/Staff Innovator Award at Centralia College. She is in her third quarter teaching English composition as an adjunct instructor for Centralia College. For her first English 102 course, she said she "really wanted something fun that also provided a context for writing." So, she "decided to use a … Continue reading Congratulations to Faculty/Staff Innovator – Alisha Williams

“The More of Me I Put in My Classroom, the More My Students Engage”

I went to an amazing session at the Washington Canvas User's Group conference (WACUG) right before spring quarter and I heard the MOST AMAZING statement from a faculty. They said, "I found that the more of me I put into my classroom, the more my students engage." The context was that this was a session … Continue reading “The More of Me I Put in My Classroom, the More My Students Engage”

Homepages Are Where Your Class Begins to Succeed or Starts to Fail

Homepages. They are your students' first impression of you and your class. It's the same thing as meeting on the first day in a face-to-face class. It sets the tone for the whole class, your style, how students can approach you, how they get help, if the class (and the teacher) are engaging and exciting. This … Continue reading Homepages Are Where Your Class Begins to Succeed or Starts to Fail

Good Teaching Practice #3 – encourage active learning

Use Active Learning Techniques Learning is not a spectator sport - it should not be sitting in class, listening, memorizing prepackaged assignments and spitting out answers. Students need to talk and write about what they are learning - with each other and their teacher. Students need to apply what they learn to their daily lives … Continue reading Good Teaching Practice #3 – encourage active learning

Good Teaching Practice #1 – encourage contact

Encourage Contact Between the Student and Teacher Teachers know students' names and call them by name. Students feel comfortable asking for help from teachers. Teachers talk to their students. Students talk to their teachers. How can you do these things, within an online learning environment such as Angel? Pose questions in homework, and respond with … Continue reading Good Teaching Practice #1 – encourage contact

Seven Principles for Good Teaching

Just a few snippets from an article by David Joost. A study by Chickering and Gamson chose to offer solutions to to our on-going list of barriers to good education: low funding, attendance, progress, completion; barriers to travel, child care, facilities, finances, administration, etc.  Their solution?  "We must look to ourselves for our own salvation [improvements in adult … Continue reading Seven Principles for Good Teaching