Student-Generated Assessments

Student-Generated Assessments

In light of final exam season and teaching preparations for the spring semester, check out the following Faculty Focus article surrounding an online class instructor’s student-centered approaches to developing assessments and course learning objectives.  In what ways do your students have a voice on how their learning is assessed in your college course(s)?  How would such student-centered pedagogical approaches appear in a traditional, in-person college classroom setting?

“Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty”

“Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty”

Check out the recent Inside HigherEd blog post entitled “Cheating Lessons” surrounding instances of cheating and academic dishonesty in college classrooms.  In what ways do you communicate your expectations for academic honesty and integrity in your classroom?  How can college educators learn from such “cheating lessons” to improve the quality of student learning in their course development and instructional practices?  Useful resources surrounding academic honesty issues and procedures at Rutgers University can be found at academicintegrity.rutgers.edu.

Advice for the First Day of Class

Advice for the First Day of Class

With the start of the Fall 2013 semester just two weeks away, this TAP blog post focuses on the first-day teaching experience in the college classroom.  Check out this Faculty Focus advice article that highlights how first-day use of the “Today We Will” strategy can set an organized, focused tone for the rest of the course.  What other first-day instructional plans and strategies will you use for your fall semester courses?

If you are a new Teaching Assistant, check out the “Your First Day in the Classroom” and other insightful sessions scheduled for the annual Teaching Assistant Orientation hosted by the TA Project.  All new Teaching Assistants can register for the upcoming Teaching Assistant Orientation programs at http://tap.rutgers.edu/orientation.  See you there!

Learning “with” Students vs. Doing “for” Students

Learning “with” Students vs. Doing “for” Students

The following Faculty Focus blog post highlights the distinction between designing courses “with” as opposed to “for” their respective college student populations.  This course development perspective largely informs the nature of learner-focused objectives and assessments outlined in course syllabi.  

In light of course syllabus development, please remember that the TA Project offers a college teaching professional development course entitled Designing Your Own Course(16:186:856), every fall semester at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.  The purpose of the course is to support graduate students in designing a course that they may someday teach.  This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis and available to students with at least two semesters of college teaching experience (or successfully completed Introduction to College Teaching 186:855).  Designing Your Own Course will be offered on Wednesdays, 4:30p-6:30p on the College Avenue Campus during the Fall 2013 semester.

Exams: Maximizing their Learning Potential

Exams: Maximizing their Learning Potential

In light of final exam season for Rutgers Teaching Assistants, check out the following Faculty Focus article on how to more effectively develop exam assessments as meaningful learning experiences for college students.    

Assessing Your Assessments in College Teaching

Assessing Your Assessments in College Teaching

Check out the following blog post from the Faculty Focus on ensuring the development of high-quality assessments for higher education instruction.  How well do your current course assessments measure your students’ expected learning outcomes and align with the taught material?  In what ways do you clearly communicate your assessment aims to your students?

On a related note to assessments, don’t forget to RSVP for the upcoming TAP workshop entitled Making Homework Efficient in STEM Classes.  The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th at 12pm in the Busch Campus Center (Room 117).  Click here to RSVP: http://tap.rutgers.edu/certificates/register.php.