Good Things

12/11/2014 14:24

Rick Hubbard has shared an intriguing resource I’m happy to pass along for those interested:


As stated by Sir Ken Robinson, "people can spend a lot of time discussing education without ever discussing learning.” In an attempt to solve thisOpenLearning is proud to announce the launch of The Educationist.

The long link below should get you to the page that describes what it’s about:


Kate McCarthy writes in this week’s CELT update about closing out the semester with students, and how to make it meaningful (and why shouldn’t we?)

She mention 4 things we might try this last week - and perhaps as a closing thought after the final:


  1. Ask students to write a note of advice to the students who will take the course next semester.  What should they look forward to, watch out for, or prepare for to get the most out of the course? These can be turned into a how-to-succeed guide for your next group of students, with the benefit of having been crowd-sourced by experienced authorities.
  2. Take five minutes to discuss or have students write about questions or problems the course leaves them with. What piqued their interest but needs more investigation? What turned out to be more complicated than they suspected? Especially if these problems can be linked with further coursework they will do in their program, this is a great way for students to see your course as part of a larger field of inquiry.
  3. Here’s my favorite:  For years a magazine I sometimes read ran a guest-authored column called “How My Mind Has Changed.” When I first started teaching I stole the idea and on the last day of class asked my students to write a one-paragraph response to that prompt in relation to our course. They could reflect on new information they had assimilated, new opinions on a topic we had explored, even revised attitudes toward learning itself. The exercise allows the students to look up from study guides and exam schedules to glimpse the bigger picture of their growth as educated people.  Sort of the point, right?
  4. Make sure the people who formed the temporary community that was your class have a chance to say goodbye to each other. Maybe it’s two minutes set aside for classmates to swap contact info; maybe it’s just a full eye-contact handshake when they give you their final exam. Ceremony is powerful. With or without chanting monks.


And if you find yourself craving some conviviality as you confront your stacks of grading, remember that the Faculty Writing Space in MLIB 458 is open from 8 AM to 1 PM next Monday through Thursday, and 8 to 11 AM next Friday.  As always, coffee and snacks are on us. 



One more thing— with accessibility a University-wide concern, I thought I’d offer the template here for those of you working on Spring Syllabi. chico_accessible_syllabus_template (2).doc (71680)