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CETL Lessons from the Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning

Congratulations on the Completion of Fall Semester 2011!
Though these words may be slightly premature as you work your way through piles of papers, projects, and portfolios, the academic season change is nearly here. As we provide closure to educational experiences for our students, pursuing some synthesis for ourselves may also be of value. Parker Palmer suggests that we in higher education involve ourselves regularly in a community of pedagogical discourse; something we often call "reflective practice" in CETL workshops. Palmer says, "Good talk about good teaching is what we need, to enhance both our professional practice and the selfhood from which it comes" (p.148). Perhaps you can make a bit of time for this kind of conversational closure with a colleague, selecting one Fall 2011 class and then using the following of Palmer's suggestions:

  1. Identify the critical moments of your selected class (a shift in discussion after you challenged a racist remark, the first graded activity, a student's self-disclosure in a presentation, or ?).
  2. Construct a metaphor as you finish this sentence (and then explain):

    "When I was teaching at my best in this class, I was like a __________________."

Wishing you well from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning,
~Lori Carrell
Palmer, P. (2004). The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

CETL Lessons Archives Available
Fall 2011 CETL Lessons are archived on the Center for Teaching and Learning website at uwosh.edu/grants/cetl/cetl-lessons-e-mail-archive.

Faculty College Invitation
Achievement, Retention & Equity: Key Pedagogical Changes that Can Make a Real Difference in ANY College Classroom WITHOUT Lowering Standards
January 10, 2011 — 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Reeve Union 227A
Presented by Craig E. Nelson, Carnegie Scholar

Why do some students with the academic credentials to be admitted to UW Oshkosh struggle in our classes? Key findings from the scholarship of teaching and learning show that standard university teaching is often ineffective, even when the students are working reasonably hard. In this workshop, we will examine pedagogical changes that make real differences in achievement and retention in almost any college or university classroom without lowering the standards for achievement. For more information or to register now, visit our website.

This Faculty College is supported by the Faculty Development Program and the COLS Gateway Success Initiative.

Other Upcoming Activities

  • The deadline for the next issue of The International Commons is Jan. 1. Please consider submitting an item for this publication. For more information, visit issotl.org/newsletter.html.
  • 2012 UW-System Southeast Regional Faculty Showcase: Jan 11-12 — On January 11, 2012, join other UW-System faculty and instructional staff to attend the 2012 UW-System Southeast Regional Faculty Showcase demonstrating how a myriad of technologies and pedagogical strategies are used to promote active learning. The keynote speaker, Curtis Bonk, renowned expert on educational technology and active learning, will present Stretching the Edges of Technology-Enhanced Teaching: From Tinkering to Tottering to Totally Extreme Learning. Day two of the Showcase will feature the basics of using Desire2Learn (D2L). Sign up now at: signup.uww.edu.
  • FREE: UW-GB Faculty Development Conference & Post-Conference Workshop on Jan. 20 (Pre-registration required.)
    • Conference: The Balancing Act: Dedicated Teaching, Productive Scholarship and Active Service from 8 a.m. to1 p.m.
    • Post-Conference Workshop: High Impact Practices: Fostering Success for all Students from 1 to 4 p.m.
    • Register for one of borth of these professional development opportunities at uwgb.edu/outreach/facultydev.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking an Associate Director for the Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence program. For more information or to apply, visit www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_072051.html.

Register for all CETL events at: uwosh.edu/cetl


Key Initiatives:

  • Liberal Education Learning Outcomes
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Global Connections
  • Sustainability
  • Assessment
  • Undergraduate Student Research
  • Instructional Technology
  • First Year Experience


Questions or Comments?
Please send them to Lori Carrell, CETL Director, at carrell@uwosh.edu.

Watch for CETL Lessons each Thursday of the Fall 2011 Semester!
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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