CELT is hosting a summer teaching book club on Harriet Schwartz’s book Connected Teaching, starting at 12pm on Wednesday, June 23rd and meeting every two weeks through the rest of the summer. We’d love for you to join us for the conversation about this book that explores the connections between teaching and relationships which is central to Lasallian pedagogy both online and face-to-face. A few of the interesting topics will be:
Connected teaching when there isn’t enough time
Assessment as a relational practice
Setting appropriate boundaries with learners
Power and relationships in the classroom
As of June 1, 2021, Blackboard for Saint Mary’s will be fading into the sunset. With courses and organizations migrated to Canvas, we bid a fond farewell to the learning management system that many of our instructors have taught in for years. Click “read more” for instructions on final preparations for moving away from Blackboard.
As we make our way into and through summer courses, students are handing in their first assignments. For an instructor, this can be a daunting time. We subconsciously realize that the marks we put on a physical or digital paper stake out the relationship we have with a student for the rest of the course. So what kind of feedback helps students the most in courses? It may not be the kind of feedback you as an instructor got from your instructors in college. The keys that come up over and over again in the research can be summed up in three words: specific, timely, and personal. Click through to see what those mean.
Are you designing your first course online, trying to ensure your students have the maximum in terms of access, or looking to build on the skills you’ve learned recently in one or more of Saint Mary’s Online Instructor Certification courses? The summer is a great time for that, and our partners at Wiley have some great, self-paced options that are designed to fit any schedule. Get more information and enroll with your smumn.edu email address here by clicking “read more”.
We are very proud of all of our faculty who have gone through our Online Instructor Certification courses so far. We have had over 250 badged certification course completions so far and that number will swell as we certify even more people in April and May. Having room in those intermediate and advanced courses for the months of April and May meant that we had to pause new introductory enrollments for April. But, we are resuming the introductory course in May, and will continue the additional courses through the summer.
You can sign up on the Online Instructor Certification page, though please know that in order to go through the sequence of courses we are asking that you get your dean’s permission first. Before we register new recruits for the course, I will run the list of those signed up by the deans to make sure those permissions are in place.