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The week's theme: an eye towards the fall

A rundown of this week's topics

More upcoming CfLT events

The Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILTframework helps faculty redesign existing assignments and activities in a manner that makes the purpose and expectations clearer to students.  Dr. Melissa Elben-Zayas, Carleton College, will provide an overview of the TILT framework and examples. We’ll consider how much time it takes to redesign existing assignments using TILT (hint: not much!) and the benefits for both students and faculty members.
Wednesday, April 21, 1-2 pm via Zoom
Please sign up here. Click here to add to your Google calendar with Zoom link.

Telling the Semester’s Story: helping your students reflect on their learning in your class and translate the skills developed 

Wrap up this Spring semester with Dr. Julie Mujic by helping your students reflect on their learning in your class and translate the skills they’ve developed into language that employers understand. We’ll review the eight career competencies most desired by employers and help you think about how to lead your students in a discussion about the assignments and projects that showcased those skills this semester.
Wednesday, April 28, 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom
Please sign up here. Click here to add to your Google calendar with Zoom link.

Teaching - getting ready for course evaluations

When colleague's want me to observe their class for formative feedback, I always ask them to share two or three things they are working on in which feedback would be helpful. For example, working to involve more students, trying to summarize class in the last five minutes, organizing my board work, etc. This helps me to focus the observation and provide more useful feedback.

I do the same thing with my students. As we approach course evaluations, I ask them to speak to two or three areas where I would like feedback. This semester, I'm considering:

  • In what ways did you find the Google document Daily Schedule useful? In what ways could it be improved?
  • Did you find the weekly WebAssign exercises useful? In what ways could these be improved?
  • This semester we used take-home quizzes instead of in-class, timed tests. Should take-home quizzes continue? Should in-class, timed tests return? A combination?

This provides concrete feedback on specific aspects of my course and insights on how to improve the learning experience for my next class.

Tech - Make Google Drive Work for You

Have you ever wondered why some of your colleagues seem to be obsessed with Google Drive when you just cannot get it to work how you want? In this ETS blog post, Kelli Van Wasshenova lists the top 5 reasons she is a fan of Google Drive, and explains why you might want to try using a "hidden gem" called Google Drive for desktop (formerly File Stream), which allows you to access Google Drive files right on your computer.

If you need more support with using Google Drive, you can schedule an appointment with Leslie Smith, ITS Client Success Specialist. For general questions about using Google Drive, please reach out to the ITS Service Desk at

Tidbit - a return to better

 As we look to the fall and the promise of vaccinations, herd immunity, and decreased disease prevalence, it is tempting to leave behind the challenging lessons of the last 16 months. However, we have learned too much to just "snapback to normal" as Josuoa Kim argues in his IHE piece, Avoiding the "snapback."

As Arundhati Roy notes:

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it

As we cross this threshold, let's be sure to carry forward the new knowledge and insights from our hard fought lessons.

Did you miss the meetings with Dr Philip Stark?

Andy McCall was good enough to record these events and has made them available here.

Lew Ludwig
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching

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