Critical Friends: A Collegial Review of Each Other’s Assignments
This community was inspired by an article that appeared in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, entitled, "Critical Friends." The author, Deborah Bambino, wrote about how she and a group of her colleagues met monthly to examine student work and their own work. Their intentions, through working and supporting each other, was to improve the day-to-day learning of their students and to enhance their teaching excellence. Lorraine Mitchel, English and Philosophy, facilitated discussions with colleagues at UW-Stout with an active exchange of feedback and a supportive culture.
Learning Objectives Based Assessment (LOBA)
Todd Zimmerman, Physics, facilitated group discussions for people interested in finding out more as well as those who had started to implement the shift of focus from having students acquire enough points to get an "A" to getting students to become proficient in learning the course subject matter. A key component of this concept was to allow students to reassess on learning objectives at a later date to give an incentive to learn the material they may not have mastered earlier on.
Georgios Loizides, Social Sciences, facilitated a community for faculty members to discuss issues relating to teaching and learning in general. A few topics the group discussed in the past included ways to increase student engagement, successful strategies for the use of laptops in the classroom, and matching teaching schedules to instructor personality.
Exploring Racism, Colonialism and Empire
Virginia Lea, School of Education, facilitated a group dialogue for faculty and instructional staff to generate ideas that were used to develop a new course design to enhance Stout students' critical awareness of impact of racism, colonialism and empire on socioeconomic, political, cultural and educational arrangements worldwide - particularly on the lives of current and historically displaced and exiled young people and their families.