Monday, November 28, 2011

UWC Showcase: Real-World Applications

  • Connect a course topic from recent weeks to something real and lived in Wisconsin to encourage your students to recognize the relevance, value, and applicability of your course content.
  • Paul and Kirthi, in the end of their article, subtly point out the value of struggle in the learning process.  Consider the opportunities for struggle provided in your courses.  How do you initiate that struggle? Do you provide support during their process of managing such difficulty (a necessity for students to stick with the struggle and move forward)?  What do students gain at the other end of the struggle? 
  • Notice that Paul's example of his effective teaching is collaborative--a project developed with a colleague.  Do you collaborate with colleagues to develop effective learning activities?  To analyze and improve student understanding?  If not, reach out and make such connections with campus or departmental colleagues.

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