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How Can I Help Students Succeed with Small-Group Work?

Rebecca Johnson--When small-group work goes well, students “achieve higher grades, learn at a deeper level, retain information longer, are less likely to drop out of school, acquire greater communication and teamwork skills, and gain a better understanding of the environment in which they will be working as professionals.” (Oakley, et al.) When small-group work doesn’t go well, the experience can be incredibly frustrating for students and instructors. But what can instructors do to help their students succeed?

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TLS Faculty Scholarships for the OLC Online Teaching Certificate

Michael Starenko--Are you new to online teaching? Or, perhaps you are seeking to enhance your online teaching skills. Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) in the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) invites applications from all full-time RIT faculty who are interested in attaining the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate.

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Call to Form a Teaching Circle in Fall Semester 2019

Michael Starenko--Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) is seeking RIT faculty and teaching staff (full-time and part-time, visiting, lecturer, academic support specialist, tenured, tenure-track, adjunct, etc.) who are interested in and willing to help form a teaching circle in Fall semester 2019. A teaching circle is a small group of teachers who come together for at least one term to have robust discussions about a teaching and learning topic. 

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Access and Inclusion Project FLC Year 1 Case Studies

The faculty who participated in the NSF iUSE grant-funded Access and Inclusion Project have reported back on their strategies and experiences. As we gather more information, these case studies will be made more robust, but for now, here's a sample of the strategies implemented by the Access and Inclusion faculty in the 2016-17 academic year.

 

Classroom strategies employed by the 2016-17 Access and Inclusion Project faculty

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TLS Teaching Circles Program

Michael Starenko--Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) launched a Teaching Circles program in Fall 2017. We intend to sponsor a small set of Teaching Circles every fall and spring semester. Our first call to form a circle resulted in three circles for Spring 2018; for more information about them, see our Join a Spring 2018 Teaching Circle blog post. If you’re interested in forming a circle in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, please email Michael Starenko.

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