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Teaching Your First Class

Neil Hair—Nothing is more terrifying than going into your first class session with a new group of students. After decades in the classroom and several teaching accolades, I think it’s fair to say that even as a veteran I still get butterflies. Here are a few tricks that have worked well for me in the context of what I teach, which is mostly marketing strategy.

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Online Accessibility: An Overview

Rebecca Johnson, Katie Bush, and Monica Cormier--Nineteen percent of undergraduates nationally reported having a disability in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics*.  At RIT, the Disability Services Office (DSO) reported that around 1,200 students are registered with their office for the 2019-2020 academic year. For students with disabilities, asynchronous online learning can present opportunities for enhanced access to course content and to their fellow students.

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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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