Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks

Author: Joan Middendorf

Publisher: Stylus Publishing (VA)

ISBN: 1620366657

Category: Education

Page: 276

View: 508

Identifying bottlenecks to learning -- Decoding mental actions -- Modeling -- Practicing critical thinking in a discipline -- Motivation and accountability -- Decoding assessment -- Sharing -- Decoding at the intersection of other theories -- Appendix 1. Blank decoding the disciplines course planning template -- Appendix 2. Matching mental actions to teaching methods, based on Bloom -- Appendix 3. Decoding curriculum and program assessment -- Appendix 4. Decoding as the basis for SoTL research -- Index of disciplinary examples

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks

Author: Joan Middendorf

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781620366677

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 456

Decoding the Disciplines is a widely-used and proven methodology that prompts teachers to identify the bottlenecks – the places where students get stuck – that impede learners’ paths to expert thinking in a discipline. The process is based on recognizing the gap between novice learning and expert thinking, and uncovering tacit knowledge that may not be made manifest in teaching. Through “decoding”, implicit expert knowledge can be turned into explicit mental tasks, and made available to students. This book presents a seven-step process for uncovering bottlenecks and determining the most effective way to enable students to surmount them. The authors explain how to apply the seven steps of Decoding the Disciplines – how to identify bottlenecks, unpack the critical thinking of experts, teach students how to do this kind of thinking, and how to evaluate the degree to which students have learned to do it. They provide in-depth descriptions of each step and, at the end of each chapter, at least one exercise the reader can do on his or her own. Because the decoding process works well with groups, they also provide exercises for leading groups through the process, making available to informal groups as well as groups led by professional developers, the tools to transform their understanding of teaching and learning by getting the student view that they refer to as “the bottleneck perspective”. Because it focuses on the mental moves that underlie the cognitive competencies we want students to develop, spelling out what critical thinking consists of for any field, the methodology helps teachers to get beyond focus on content delivery and transmission and provides criteria to select from the bewildering array of teaching tools the methods most appropriate to what they are teaching. This is a book for faculty who want their students to develop disciplinary forms of reasoning, and are moreover interested in a methodology with the potential to transform and reinvigorate their teaching. It is particularly suitable for use in communities of practice, and should be indispensable for any one engaged in cross-disciplinary teaching, as it enables co-teachers to surface each other’s tacit knowledge and disciplinary assumptions.

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks

Author: Joan K. Middendorf

Publisher: Stylus Publishing (VA)

ISBN: 1620366649

Category: Education

Page: 242

View: 213

Decoding the Disciplines is a widely-used and proven methodology that prompts teachers to identify the bottlenecks - the places where students get stuck - that impede learners' paths to expert thinking in a discipline. The process is based on recognizing the gap between novice learning and expert thinking, and uncovering tacit knowledge that may not be made manifest in teaching. Through "decoding", implicit expert knowledge can be turned into explicit mental tasks, and made available to students. This book presents a seven-step process for uncovering bottlenecks and determining the most effective way to enable students to surmount them. The authors explain how to apply the seven steps of Decoding the Disciplines - how to identify bottlenecks, unpack the critical thinking of experts, teach students how to do this kind of thinking, and how to evaluate the degree to which students have learned to do it. They provide in-depth descriptions of each step and, at the end of each chapter, at least one exercise the reader can do on his or her own. Because the decoding process works well with groups, they also provide exercises for leading groups through the process, making available to informal groups as well as groups led by professional developers, the tools to transform their understanding of teaching and learning by getting the student view that they refer to as "the bottleneck perspective". Because it focuses on the mental moves that underlie the cognitive competencies we want students to develop, spelling out what critical thinking consists of for any field, the methodology helps teachers to get beyond focus on content delivery and transmission and provides criteria to select from the bewildering array of teaching tools the methods most appropriate to what they are teaching. This is a book for faculty who want their students to develop disciplinary forms of reasoning, and are moreover interested in a methodology with the potential to transform and reinvigorate their teaching. It is particularly suitable for use in communities of practice, and should be indispensable for any one engaged in cross-disciplinary teaching, as it enables co-teachers to surface each other's tacit knowledge and disciplinary assumptions.

Threshold Concepts on the Edge

Threshold Concepts on the Edge

Author: Julie A. Timmermans

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004419971

Category: Education

Page: 402

View: 964

Threshold Concepts on the Edge explores new directions in threshold concept research and practice and is of relevance to teachers, learners, educational researchers and academic developers.

ICT Education

ICT Education

Author: Bobby Tait

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030356293

Category: Education

Page: 261

View: 847

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers' Association on ICT Education, SACLA 2019, held in Northern Drakensberg, South Africa, in July 2019. The 16 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 57 submissions. The papers are organized in following topical sections: computer programming education; system security education; software engineering education; education of post-graduate research-students; our students, our profession.

Student-Centered Pedagogy and Course Transformation at Scale

Student-Centered Pedagogy and Course Transformation at Scale

Author: Chantal Levesque-Bristol

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781642671032

Category: Education

Page: 252

View: 810

In response to national concerns a decade ago, driven by research that showed that higher education was making little impact on students’ development of broad competencies and critical thinking, the provost and president of Purdue University, a research university, instituted a program whose goals were to build on the accumulated knowledge on effective teaching to facilitate student learning, improve outcomes, and change the institutional culture around teaching and learning – objectives to which many institutions aspire, but which few consistently attain, or attain at scale. This book describes the development of Purdue’s IMPACT program (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation), from its tentative beginning, when it struggled to recruit 35 faculty fellows, to the present, when 350 have been enrolled and the university has more applications than it can currently handle. Overall, more than 600 courses have been impacted, many of which have seen significantly reduced DFW rates. Chantal Levesque-Bristol, whose Center for Instructional Excellence is part of an institutional team that comprises the Provost’s Office, Teaching and Learning Technologies Unit, Institutional Assessment, the Purdue University Library and School of Information Studies, and the Evaluation and Learning Research Center, describes the evolution of IMPACT, lessons learned, and the central tenets that have led to its success. The purpose of this book is not only to describe the program, but also to highlight the importance and implications of the underlying motivational theoretical framework guiding the initiative. Having started as a course redesign program that faltered in achieving its objectives, the breakthrough came with the introduction of the fundamental motivational principles of self-determination theory (SDT) followed by the applications of these principles to the research in higher education leadership and pedagogy. Giving faculty fellows the autonomy to build on their disciplinary expertise, pursue their interests and predilections, within a guided framework, and leveraging interactions with colleagues through FLCs, stimulated faculty fellows’ motivation and creativity. This book describes the core and structure of the IMPACT program, presents details of faculty learning curriculum, explains how the focus on SDT principles shaped the program’s evolution and transformation from a course redesign to a professional faculty development program, and covers the considerations behind the formation of faculty fellow IMPACT teams. A concluding chapter addresses how the IMPACT program, having helped faculty pivot to emergency remote teaching when the campus closed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being modified so it can be successfully sustained online if circumstances require, or as a means to expand its reach in the future. While the principles behind this initiative will be of compelling interest to its primary audience of faculty developers, several chapters will have appeal to instructors and administrators.

A Guide to Teaching Introductory Women’s and Gender Studies

A Guide to Teaching Introductory Women’s and Gender Studies

Author: Holly Hassel

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030717858

Category: Social Science

Page: 133

View: 653

This book provides a practical, evidence-based guide to teaching introductory Women's and Gender Studies courses. Based on the findings of a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project that analyzed 72 Intro students’ written work, the authors equip instructors with key principles that can help them adapt their pedagogy to a range of classroom environments. By putting student learning at the center of course design, the authors invite readers to reflect on their own investments in and goals for the introductory course. The book also draws on the authors’ combined decades of teaching experience, and aims to help instructors anticipate the emotional, intellectual, and interpersonal challenges and rewards of teaching and learning in the introductory WGS course. Chapters focus on course design, including identifying desired learning outcomes (in terms of course content, skills, and dispositions or habits of mind); choosing course materials; pedagogical activities; and assessing student learning. This book will be an invaluable resource for experienced WGS instructors and those seeking or planning to teach it for the first time, including graduate students and high school teachers.

STEM, Theatre Arts, and Interdisciplinary Integrative Learning

STEM, Theatre Arts, and Interdisciplinary Integrative Learning

Author: Nancy Kindelan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031089077

Category: Education

Page: 342

View: 259

This book responds to challenging questions about curricular realignment, especially how a more porous approach to higher education reduces the impact of a “siloed” curriculum, lessens the tendency toward the fragmentation of knowledge, allows for the development of cross-disciplinary explorations, and promotes new approaches to knowledge and creativity through interdisciplinary integrative learning. This volume demonstrates how combining two seemingly disparate cultures helps undergraduate students develop creative mindsets needed for addressing challenging open-ended questions, complex social issues, and non-routine problem-solving. In doing so, this book aims to stimulate discussions about integrative interdisciplinary education between STEM and other fields of performance and performance technologies that have been either overlooked or underdeveloped.

Using the Decoding The Disciplines Framework for Learning Across the Disciplines

Using the Decoding The Disciplines Framework for Learning Across the Disciplines

Author: Janice Miller-Young

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119431688

Category: Education

Page: 112

View: 333

Decoding the Disciplines, a program designed to help instructors increase learning in their courses, provides a framework for identifying and remedying course elements that are most problematic for students. Decoding is a seven-step process in which instructors: 1. identify a bottleneck of learning, 2. make explicit the mental operations required to overcome the obstacle, 3. model the required steps for students, 4. give them practice at these skills, 5. deal with emotional bottlenecks that interfere with learning, 6. assess the success of their efforts, and 7. share the results. Providing detailed information so that readers may develop effective models of practice, this volume provides examples and evidence of the ways the framework has been applied across disciplines and used to inform teaching, curriculum, and pedagogical research initiatives. It outlines how various communities of practice got started, describes the analyses of three different collections of Decoding interviews, extends the Decoding framework using different theoretical lenses, and connects the learning to practical applications for teachers and scholars in higher education. This is the 150th volume of this Jossey-Bass higher education series. It offers a comprehensive range of ideas and techniques for improving college teaching based on the experience of seasoned instructors and the latest findings of educational and psychological researchers.

The Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm

The Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm

Author: David Pace

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253024657

Category: Education

Page: 178

View: 955

Teaching and learning in a college setting has never been more challenging. How can instructors reach out to their students and fully engage them in the conversation? Applicable to multiple disciplines, the Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm offers a radically new model for helping students respond to the challenges of college and provides a framework for understanding why students find academic life so arduous. Teachers can help their pupils overcome obstacles by identifying bottlenecks to learning and systematically exploring the steps needed to overcome these obstacles. Often, experts find it difficult to define the mental operations necessary to master their discipline because they have become so automatic that they are invisible. However, once these mental operations have been made explicit, the teacher can model them for students, create opportunities for practice and feedback, manage additional emotional obstacles, assess results, and share what has been learned with others.

The Educator's Guide to Designing Games and Creative Active-Learning Exercises

The Educator's Guide to Designing Games and Creative Active-Learning Exercises

Author: Joe Bisz

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807767726

Category: Education

Page: 289

View: 683

"Readers will explore 9 original "complex mechanic" templates along with principles from game-based learning that guide their activities towards serious play. Beginners and veterans will find entry points for applying the ALLURE method as deeply as desired, such as making playful changes to their existing discussions or activities (adding a random element, or student roles), crafting physical components (cards, board, plastic pieces), or building light digital options (discussion board riddles, PowerPoint and Google Slides games), for in-person and online learning"--

Reading Across the Disciplines

Reading Across the Disciplines

Author: Karen Manarin

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253058737

Category: Education

Page: 282

View: 792

Reading Across the Disciplines offers a collection of twelve essays detailing a range of approaches to dealing with students' reading needs at the college level. Transforming reading in higher education requires more than individual faculty members working on SoTL projects in their particular fields. Teachers need to consider reading across the disciplines. In this collection, authors from Australia and North America, teaching in a variety of disciplines, explore reading in undergraduate courses, doctoral seminars, and faculty development activities. By paying attention to the particular classroom and placing those observations in conversation with scholarly literature, they create new knowledge about reading in higher education from disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Reading Across the Disciplines demonstrates how existing research about reading can be applied to specific classroom contexts, offering models for faculty members whose own research interests may lie elsewhere but who believe in the importance of reading.