This program, known at MSU as the FTCP, is now in its ninth year. Faculty who register are placed in small communities of between 6-10 from various disciplines based entirely on when they are available to attend. Sessions are held, on average, once each month, for a total of 90 minutes each session. Topics include course design and redesign, active learning strategies for the classroom, rubric creation, and teaching with technology. Each participant also is assigned a peer faculty consultant who observes one course and talks to students in the course, ultimately sharing information gained in the process (this is totally confidential). Each participant also completes some kind of project in an attempt to further aid student learning.
The Course Design Certificate Program offered by CETL is an expanded version of the L. Dee Fink Integrated Course Design workshop which will also include additional sessions on the use of technology, active learning and assessments for those teaching face-to-face courses, and additional sessions on alignment and navigation, content, use of media, access and compliance and self-assessment using the Quality MattersTM rubric for those teaching online courses. The program will be facilitated by Stewart Ross and Linda Jacoby.
Students Consulting On Teaching (SCOT) is a newly developed program in which student consultants respond to professors' invitations to gather data on classroom activities and offer constructive feedback. The goal is to provide faculty members with information that will help them have a better sense of what is happening in their classrooms. The program is available to all instructors at the university.
This Faculty Learning Community will give faculty a chance to dialogue with MSU students from the SCOT (Students Consulting on Teaching) program. The discussion will focus on real issues in teaching and faculty will also have the chance to request a SCOT consultant for their own classes. Topics of discussion will include:
- Incivility in the classroom
- The role of cell phones and laptops in the classroom
- Why don't some students like group work?
- The strengths and weaknesses of powerpoint
- Why don't some students want to discuss class topics?
- Why don't some students read the text or prepare for class?