EDCI 943 Principles of College Teaching
Spring 2014 Course Syllabus
Student Learning Compact
"We the students and faculty of Kansas State University, agree that the best learning culture is one in which students and teachers will work with great vigor and mutual respect to achieve excellence."
Principles of College Teaching is designed to help you think about teaching and learning at the college and university level. You will have the opportunity to develop or enhance some teaching skills as a result of your work this semester, although the development of particular teaching skills is not the exclusive aim of the course. What you gain from this course will be largely dependent upon your focus and your effort. I consider it my responsibility to help you reach your individual goals as well as those I have listed below ... so if you have other goals in mind, please let me know
- Recognize the real responsibilities that come with teaching college and university students.
- Incorporate learning principles relevant to planning learning experiences for college students.
- Integrate concepts of individual learning styles into instructional planning.
- Recognize the opportunities and challenges of online learning environments.
- Realize both the value and the limitations of using student learning outcomes.
- Be aware of differences in learning styles and classroom participation in the diverse cultures represented by today's college students.
- Consider a variety of teaching strategies for different learning tasks -- facts, skills, concepts, attitudes, creative problem-solving, etc.
- Understand the importance of evaluation in the teaching/learning process.
- Plan evaluation activities to help students learn.
- Concentrate upon important aspects of instruction when observing others teach or when viewing videos of your own teaching.
- Analyze the effects of instructional techniques or strategies when observing instructional situations.
- Identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a teacher and make effective decisions about how best to enhance and improve your teaching skills.
- Integrate technology with teaching pedagogy to effectively and efficiently facilitate your students' learning.
SEMESTER PROJECT (50 points)
Your semester project must deal with teaching and/or learning at the college level. You select the topic and devise the format for the completed work. I want the project to be both useful and interesting to you.
Talk with me about your ideas. You and I will agree to a plan for your semester's work and sign the project contract.
At mid-semester, I will probably ask for a brief update from you so I'll know what you have accomplished on your project by then. On May 6, you will share online the highlights of what you learned from your semester project.
The semester project is due during Finals Week (May 14-16)... but you may submit it earlier if you are ready.
Your contract will include all of the following:
- Your name
- A brief description of your project
- Your reasons for undertaking this particular project
- An indication of how you will share with your instructor a demonstration or explanation of what you learned from your semester's work on the project
- Your anticipated due date
- Signatures (yours and the instructor)
- Signing date
I will provide more details about each of these assignments before they are due. This work is very closely tied to discussions we will have in class, so don't try to work on them before you have more information.
You will draft student learning outcomes or objectives that relate to the teaching you are doing now or expect to be doing in the future. You may use these objectives, or modifications of them, in assignment #2. Draft due on Feb 12 and final version due Feb 18.
You will prepare descriptions and examples of various means of evaluating learning that would be appropriate for the students and courses you expect to teach. This assignment may incorporate some of the work you completed for assignment #1. Due March 25
You will write a detailed plan for helping students meet a particular learning objective. This assignment may be based on work you completed for assignment #1 and/or #2. Due April 22
LESSONS LEARNED: OBSERVATIONS (25 points)
You will observe three college classes during the semester. You will interview at least one of the teachers. You will work in pairs for one observation. And you'll observe an online class for the third observation. When you have completed all three observations, you will reflect and write about what you learned. Be sure to keep records of what you observe. It's easy to forget. As you work on this assignment, you may have questions. Ask. Due April 8
EVALUATING YOUR TEACHING: VIDEO ASSESSMENT (15 points)
The point of this exercise is that you learn more about how to evaluate your own performance as a teacher. During the semester, you will make a video of yourself teaching. If a real teaching situation is not possible, we'll arrange something else. The video and conferences with classmates and with me are graded as credit/no credit and should be completed by April 10. This means you must have done the video, watched it yourself, shared it with your partner(s), given it to me to watch, and you and your partner(s) have talked with me about what you learned from the experience -- all of that by April 10. Do not wait until the last minute to start on this course requirement!
PERSONAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY (30 points)
Based on your experiences in learning and teaching, you are to write your current philosophy of teaching. The philosophy must reflect your viewpoints, your basic theories about learning and teaching. You may certainly adapt ideas from others ... whether they are strangers to you or colleagues. You will submit three versions: an introspective version for yourself (due Feb 20), a version for colleagues (due March 6), and a version for students (due April 1). All three versions will be considered in my evaluation of this assignment.
Note: A = ~93%
|B = ~86%|
|Assignments (3)||80 pts|
|Semester Project||50 pts|
|Teaching Philosophy||30 pts|
|Lessons Learned - Observations||25 pts|
|Video Assessment||15 pts|
Kansas State University has an Honor & Integrity System based on personal integrity, which is presumed to be sufficient assurance in academic matters one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. Undergraduate and graduate students, by registration, acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Honor & Integrity System. The policies and procedures of the Honor & Integrity System apply to all full- and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning.
A component vital to the Honor & Integrity System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by students. The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated:
"On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."
A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty. The F indicates failure in the course; the X indicates the reason is an Honor Pledge violation.
Any student with a disability that needs a classroom accommodation, access to technology or other assistance in this course should contact the Student Access Center (202 Holton Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or me (email@example.com).
All student activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the Student Judicial Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Government Association By Laws, Article VI, Section 3, number 2. Students that engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment may be asked to leave the class.