Explore the greatest hits of 2023 on the Teaching Innovation Blog and discover something to help spark your next course development project.
As the year winds down and you begin preparing your courses for next semester, what are you hoping to change? In the spirit of “small teaching,” we encourage you to consider making one change to your courses that you can implement (relatively) quickly and will make a meaningful impact on your students.
Whether it’s revitalizing a stale discussion board, incorporating AI into your teaching practices, or exploring equitable grading practices, the Teaching Innovation Blog has ideas and resources to help spark your course development. Below are some of our greatest hits of 2023, with brief descriptions of how you might use them to rethink an element of your course.
Develop a micro lesson. This is a (fairly) quick task because a micro lesson addresses a specific concept and should be short and to the point. Micro lessons can take many forms:
- a short video explaining the concept
- an infographic highlighting key points
- a brief article or blog post
- a simple quiz or set of practice questions
Create one course video. You don’t need to be an editing wizard to make great videos; you don’t even need to be charismatic. What you do need: purpose, passion, and personality. State your ‘why’ in your video will ground the focus of the video. Let your passion shine. Any enthusiasm you can convey will help students connect with you. Finally, be yourself, and don’t worry about re-recording small mistakes. Intrusive pets welcome.
Revitalize a Discussion Board with student roles. If you incorporate online discussion boards in your course, you may have noticed a trend: the same students do the heavy lifting. Assigning students discussion roles can help facilitate equitable dialogue. Discussion roles can include conversation starters and closers, so the students are engaged in co-creating knowledge in meaningful and diverse ways.
Ask ChatGPT a question. Think of ChatGPT as a course development ideation partner. In this blog, the writer outlines helpful ways to give ChatGPT constraints and guidance for quick but focused and useful responses. For example, the writer shares 3 tricks that can help you give more context to ChatGPT.
Less Worry, More Learning: How Ungrading Has Changed My Student Experience
Explore ungrading, the practice of decentering the grade to recenter learning. This blog provides a student-focused reflection in an ungraded course. Grades never motivated the writer to reflect on their learning, but rather motivated them to produce the minimum standard for an A. In an ungrading model, the writer found joy in learning, and went above and beyond what was expected.
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