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Seven things to highlight about your teaching practice

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January is a good time to reflect on your accomplishments from the previous academic year.
Many of us in academia have to provide annual reports on our progress as faculty.
From personal experience, I feel that we undersell the work we do as teachers.
Here are some things that are worth highlighting with regard to your teaching practice.

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Seven things to highlight about your teaching practice

  1. 1. 7 THINGS TO HIGHLIGHT TO YOUR UNIVERSITY ABOUT YOUR TEACHING PRACTICE Professor Kristen Sosulski, Ed.D New York University Stern School of Business @sosulski ks123@nyu.edu kristensosulski.com
  2. 2. Introduction • January is a good time to reflect on your accomplishments from the previous academic year. • Many of us in academia have to provide annual reports on our progress as faculty. • From personal experience, I feel that we undersell the work we do as teachers. • Here are some things that are worth highlighting with regard to your teaching practice. 2Copyright 2016 Kristen Sosulski ks123@nyu.edu @sosulski kristensosulski.com
  3. 3. Here are 7 activities to highlight 3Copyright 2016 Kristen Sosulski ks123@nyu.edu @sosulski kristensosulski.com
  4. 4. Activities to highlight 1. Guest speaking 2. Nifty PowerPoints 3. Guest experts 4. Video tutorials 5. Collaborations with the teaching and learning center 6. Class site visits 7. Online and digital learning 4Copyright 2016 Kristen Sosulski ks123@nyu.edu @sosulski kristensosulski.com
  5. 5. 1. Guest Speaking 5
  6. 6. Be sure to note any positive feedback, especially if you were asked to return for future classes. 6 Did you fill in for a colleague to deliver a guest lecture?
  7. 7. 2. Nifty PowerPoints 7
  8. 8. Did you redesign some of your course materials? For example, you may have included additional data visualizations and graphical illustrations in your PowerPoint presentations. This is worth noting if you feel that these changes improved your preparedness, communication, and ultimately the students’ understanding of the materials presented. 8
  9. 9. 3. Guest experts 9
  10. 10. Did you invite guest lecturers or experts into the classroom? Describe their roles and interactions with students. For example, guests may have provided students with a new perspective, or authentic feedback on their work. 10
  11. 11. 4. Video tutorials 11
  12. 12. Many faculty use video tutorials to help students learn new software, as opposed to using valuable class time for live demonstrations. With this method, class time can be preserved for discussion, further practice, and application. This technique is commonly referred to as the “flipped classroom.” 12 Did you create or present a video in your classroom to help students learn a process or task more effectively?
  13. 13. 5. Collaborations with your school’s teaching and learning center 13
  14. 14. It’s important to highlight these conversations, even if you are still in the ideation phase. 14 Have you met with an educational technologist to discuss new ways to apply innovative technologies to your course?
  15. 15. 6. Class site visits 15
  16. 16. Note examples of what was learned from these events, as well as some feedback from the students. 16 Did you take your students out of the classroom to visit a company, museum, etc., to observe a process, artifacts, or phenomena?
  17. 17. 7. Digital and online learning 17
  18. 18. Maybe you set up group work spaces for your students, or used discussion forums to facilitate reflection and conversation. Some faculty members have even created fully online classes, or online resources and lessons to complement their face-to-face courses. Note your progress towards becoming a professor in the digital age. 18 Have you created a digital version of your course for your school’s learning management system?
  19. 19. Reflect on your practice and highlight these powerful ways of teaching and learning 19Copyright 2016 Kristen Sosulski ks123@nyu.edu @sosulski kristensosulski.com 1. Guest speaking 2. Nifty PowerPoints 3. Guest experts 4. Video tutorials 5. Collaborations with the teaching and learning center 6. Class site visits 7. Online and digital learning
  20. 20. As professors, we consciously improve our practice. Share your experiences with others to help others learn and evolve their practice. If there are activities that you are not doing, consider trying the out in your practices and ask others about their experiences. 20Copyright 2016 Kristen Sosulski ks123@nyu.edu @sosulski kristensosulski.com
  21. 21. Are there other activities faculty should highlight about their teaching? Share your comments on the blog post that accompanies this presentation: http://www.kristensosulski.com/2016/01/the-innovative- teaching-professor Also feel free to contact me on twitter @sosulski. Questions? Comments? Copyright 2016 Kristen Sosulski ks123@nyu.edu @sosulski kristensosulski.com
  22. 22. Thank you! Professor Kristen Sosulski, Ed.D New York University Stern School of Business @sosulski ks123@nyu.edu kristensosulski.com

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