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Defining the Best
How The Best Prepare

Book Cover“What the best college teachers do”

Chapter 3: How Do They Prepare to Teach

How the Best Teachers Prepare - Best Practices in Course Structure and Design.

On January 26th, 2011, we explored effective strategies in course preparation in both the traditional classroom and online environments. Led by Ann Palazzo, Associate Professor of English, and Jack Popovich, Assistant Professor of Financial Management we explored ideas in course structure, design, assessment and pedagogical strategies. After the facilittaors shared their approach to their courses, the audience of faculty and staff discussed and shared what they do.

Below is a recording of this workshop. After it begins, mouse over the video to access controls and open a menu. Once the video downloads fully you can used the menu to jump ahead. A quick run down:

0:00 Jack Popovich shares how he prepares for is traditional classroom
28:55 Ann Palazzo shares her approach to the online classroom
48:24 Barbra Kerr shares procedures videos used in nursing courses
50:53 Martin Blaine shares how chunks his material and encourages peer support
52:38 Melissa Logue shares how she uses softchalk to organize material for online and classroom courses
57:22 Charla Fraley shares her use of web conferencing and eportfolios
1:03:04 Meredith Sellers shares some of the conversation at her table including surveying students for their learning goals and some classroom assessment techniques
1:05:57 Tom Moffit shares ideas from his table for reaching inexperienced students including "chunking" the syllabus using discussion boards
Handouts: Presentation Slides (PDF)
Jack's Handout (PDF)
Summary points from Chapter 3 (PDF)

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