Digital Storytelling: An Electronic Mode of Active Learning

Digital Storytelling: An Electronic Mode of Active Learning

Happy spring semester to you!  

As you prepare your course assignments for the new term, check out the following Faculty Focus article on digital storytelling — an innovative, student-centered assessment approach that promotes creativity and critical thinking skills in learning new course content.  The article defines digital storytelling in the statement, “Students choose a topic, whether a personal experience or a persuasive essay, then find images to illustrate the topic and add a voice narrative. The experience teaches students how to understand the underlying significance of experiences and issues and how to express that significance to an audience.”  How do you see digital storytelling fitting in the assessment infrastructure and student learning experience for your course?

Transferring Tutoring Techniques to TAship

Transferring Tutoring Techniques to TAship

Check out the following Faculty Focus blog post about the instructional impact of transferring one-on-one tutoring skills into large lecture hall classroom settings on campus.  The researchers behind this educational project identified nurturance, reflection, and “progressive” thinking tasks among the successful tutoring techniques adaptable to a large college classroom environment.  Which of these instructional skills do you implement in your TA duties?  How successful have they been?  What are some other possible pedagogical approaches from one-on-one student support that can benefit whole-class instruction?

Letter-Writing Approach to Final Course Evaluations

Letter-Writing Approach to Final Course Evaluations

As the end of the Spring 2013 semester nears, Teaching Assistants are gearing up for final course evaluations.  Check out the following ProfHacker blog post about incorporating a letter-writing approach to the final course evaluation process offering personal, qualitative insight into your students’ course impressions.   

Facilitating Effective Classroom Discussion

Facilitating Effective Classroom Discussion

As Teaching Assistants, we are all familiar with the in-the-moment decisions and active listening skills entailed when leading a whole-class discussion.  Check out the following online post from Faculty Focus’s The Teaching Professor Blog that outlines how different forms of awareness and active reflection can enhance the quality of your future classroom discussion facilitation.

On a related note, don’t forget to RSVP your attendance at the upcoming TAP workshop session on Group Work in Large Humanities & Social Sciences Classes scheduled for Tuesday, April 16th at 1:00pm-2:30pm in the Rutgers Student Center (Room 410).  RSVP your workshop attendance here:  http://tap.rutgers.edu/certificates/register.php.