Faculty College Seminar, 2004

Improving Teaching Through Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning

This seminar is for instructors who want to design a scholarly project that focuses on teaching and learning in your own classrooms. The goals of the seminar are to help you develop:

. a research focus related to student learning in your classes
. classroom inquiry strategies and tools for investigating student learning
. a plan to implement the investigation in your class

This is not a seminar on research methods in higher education. Instead it addresses how to do systematic, disciplined classroom inquiry to investigate questions about student learning that matter to you. In the seminar you will design a project that focuses on how to improve student learning as it relates to specific contexts and learning problems. For example, projects might investigate how to improve student learning with respect to a significant course assignment you use, or focus on a common learning problem in your class (e.g., why students have trouble understanding an important concept in your field).

Instructors who register for this seminar will be asked to bring specific course materials to Faculty College. This request will be emailed to participants in May. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in post-seminar online discussions about their projects during summer 2004.

The seminar is intended for instructors who have little formal training in classroom inquiry, but experienced classroom researchers are welcome to participate.

Bill Cerbin is Professor of Psychology and Assistant to the Provost at UW-La Crosse. His scholarship of teaching focuses on how students develop deep understanding of important subject matter, and on how faculty can learn to do scholarly inquiry in the classroom. In 1998-99 and in 2003-04 he was named a Carnegie Scholar with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Currently, he directs the UW-La Crosse Lesson Study Project in which instructors are investigating student learning in introductory classes in their disciplines (http://www.uwlax.edu/sotl/).

Bryan Kopp, Assistant Professor of English and Lesson Study Project participant, will be leading Friday's workshop session (http://www.uwlax.edu/faculty/kopp/).









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