But while the big lift for faculty might be subsiding a bit, many students might be getting to the toughest part of their educational careers. The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed some experts in teaching online and they made some great suggestions.
Saint Marys’ mission states that we prepare students for lives of ethical service and leadership, and in the Leadership PLC the last few semesters, Dr. Scott Sorvaag has been guiding us in thinking about how we use and interpret leadership in higher education. (One of his continual reminders is that leadership is a form of energy — hence the picture for this post.) As part of our PLC, we reviewed some offerings by the International Leadership Association, including this list of Leadership Activities one can include in virtually any class.
One of my friends recently linked to this article in Hybrid Pedagogy (an open-access teaching and learning journal) about Distinguished Professor of American History Dr. Cate Denial’s journey to what she calls a “pedagogy of kindness”. I highly recommend the article if you think prioritizing kindness might help your teaching break through to your students and get beyond a transactional model of education.