UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

This week, we consider a way to focus students’ attention on their own learning process through a simple strategy for metacognitive reflection.

  • Know/Don’t Know/Will Do Charts. Using three simple columns, students reflect on what they know about a topic, what they don’t know yet about a topic, and what they will do to improve their understanding. This exercise can be done at the end of a class session, a unit of content, or other milestones during the semester. Also note that this need not be about memory and recall. Your students’ “Don’t Know” column could all be about higher order learning domains like application and creation as well.
  • Intervention in the “What I Will Do” While this exercise is primarily about the value of metacognitive practices for the learners, it can also be a helpful guide for the instructor. If you collect these charts, you can get a quick assessment of where students feel like they are in their learning, but you can also attend to what students plan to do to learn more. Use this opportunity to help direct students to best practices for reviewing and improving on existing knowledge. Bonus points if you can (anonymously) highlight particular students’ “What I Will Do” strategies as strong examples for the class!

For more, you might look at this detailed guide from Vanderbilt for thinking about the role of metacognition in student learning. It contains references to several resources and studies about the value of metacognition.

Past Strategies


We need your input!

The UTLC will soon be building on the Teaching Tips format to include a podcast focused on more in-depth responses to the common questions and concerns faced by UNCG faculty. If you have something in mind that you want the UTLC to address, we invite you to send topics or specific questions to us at tio@uncg.edu, and stay tuned for the first episode of the podcast!


Library Tips

This semester, we add some tips from UNCG Libraries to our regularly scheduled programming! These tips are designed to help you better use the resources available through the libraries to achieve your teaching and learning goals. Did you know that UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has an extensive online World War I Pamphlet Collection? As this month is the 101st anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the Great War, we would like to bring this collection to the forefront! These pamphlets were issued by governments of US allies and contain information ranging from first-hand accounts of wartime conditions, battle maps, photographs, and brochures that involve soldiers’ postwar rehabilitation efforts. These online primary sources are well suited for class projects that involve the history of World War I, government efforts to sway public opinion on the homefront to support the war, and the psychology of conflict. Please contact SCUA if you would like further information about how to incorporate this wonderful collection into your class curriculum.


Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

Coffeehouses The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty each month. Coffeehouses are meant to bring faculty members together for a quick cross-campus conversation. No specific topic is identified. There is no need to register for the UTLC Coffeehouse – drop in as your schedule allows! No sign up required.
In the Faculty Center from 9am to 10am on the dates listed below.

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

September 9, 2018 February 6, 2019
October 3, 2018 April 3, 2019
November 7, 2018

Brown Bag Lunches Drop-in discussion sessions with colleagues. You bring your lunch, and we bring the snacks and coffee. There is no need to register for Brown Bag Lunches – feel free to join or leave at any time as your schedule allows! No sign up required.
In the Faculty Center on the dates listed below.

  • September 18, 11:30am-1:30pm – HIPs, Easing the Transition for First-Year Students
  • October 15, 10:30am-1:00pm– Hybrid course design
  • November 14, 11:30am-1:00pm– HIPs, Capstones and Signature Work
  • February 12, 12:00am-1:00pm– HIPs, Integrated and Applied Learning
  • March 13, 12:00am-1:00pm– HIPs, Common Read and Characteristics of First-Year Students
  • March 19, 11:00-2:00pm– EDI

Biergartens Join us on the third Thursday of each month for Biergarten in the Faculty Center! We will be serving up snacks and beer (as well as good ol’ water) to get the semester started off right. Stop by to enjoy the shift away from summer with friends and colleagues.

  • October 17
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 20

Early Fall Events

September 10: The Spark of Learning with Sarah Rose Cavanagh

The Teaching Innovations Office, in collaboration with the Title III Intentional Futures Grant, is excited to welcome to campus Sarah Rose Cavanagh, author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion, on the morning of Monday for a visiting lecture and workshop.

In the meantime, you can find out more about her book here!


 

Important opportunities are available!


  • Faculty Funding Application – Global Engagement Course Development Award

For 2017-18, Global Engagement has up to $50,000 in Global Engagement Course Development Award funding available for faculty to create or revise courses incorporating the four Global Engagement SLOs. Awards range from $500 (revised course) to $1,000 (new course or series of courses). The Spring 2018 deadlines to apply are January 19 and March 16. It is our goal that by supporting faculty as they incorporate more global themes into their courses, students will graduate from UNCG with the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly global world. Please visit globalqep.uncg.edu/faculty/grants.htm for more details on available awards.


  • URSCO Student Travel Grants

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office has limited resources to support student travel to disseminate results of scholarly inquiry at conferences/exhibitions. Support can include costs of travel, room, board, and registration. The maximum request amount is $500. Requests are due by the 1st of each month, with award announcement by month’s end. Funds are distributed as a reimbursement upon the completion of travel and presentation.


  • Opportunities for faculty in the Office of Research and Engagement

Click here for a list of deadlines, events, and upcoming workshops with the Office of Research and Engagement.


  • STEM Faculty: Call for Participation in Faculty Incubator on student growth mindset and self-regulation

Do you wish you could actually do something in your classes to improve your students’ learning, motivation and self-regulation? Join STEM colleagues in a RISE-sponsored Faculty Incubator to develop and try out teaching methods that cultivate a growth mindset, student self-regulation, and promote the use of good learning techniques. We will meet 6 times in the Spring semester on Wednesdays (time TBA based on participants’ availability). Each faculty participant will receive a $300 stipend. Dr. Sara Heredia will engage the group of faculty in the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) problem solving framework, which is widely used to identify and test solutions to classroom problems. Identify and solve a current issue that is meaningful to you while learning a process you can continue to use in the future! If you are interested in joining the incubator, or would like to learn more about it, please contact the facilitator, Dr. Sara Heredia (TEHE), at scheredi@uncg.edu.