Tidbits, Resources, and Discussion for ELI Faculty

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Essence of Teaching

Are you familiar with the Tomorrow's Professor listserv? It's an email list that sends short excerpts from articles and books on higher education topics twice a week during the academic year. Not all the articles are highly relevant to community college education, but many are. (When you go to the link below, you will find, in addition to the article I'm referencing, links to the archives as well as instructions for how to subscribe.)

Here's a recent posting, "Five Short Stories on Teaching" (http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/posting.php?ID=693). Do these ideas reflect your philosophy of teaching? What's missing from these five stories? How do you put these ideas into practice in your distance courses? Are they harder to achieve at a distance than they are in a face-to-face learning environment?

1 comment:

Nancy McT said...

Hi, Jennifer. I recently heard Dr. Yitna Firdyiwek [email: ybf2u@virginia.edu] speak at Charlie's NEH seminar. He is working on teacher-focused software and had lots of ideas. One thing that came up was having Discussion Boards which the professor could control in different ways. For example, each student could post a response on a discussion board without seeing the other student's responses. When all students had responded, the professor could then have all of the responses available to the students. You can find out more about him at http://faculty.virginia.edu/firdyiwek/