Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OU-C faculty members are invited to participate in Arts & Sciences learning community initiative

Members on the regional campuses are invited to participate in a faculty learning community (FLC) that the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences is developing.

This faculty learning community will focus on the challenges of the use and/or misuse of social media, email, and note taking in the classroom. Opportunities for successful student engagement require a focus on the development of cognitive skills and a facility with social interaction in an academic setting. Commonly, faculty report that students use social media in class when they should be engaged in reading, listening, discussing, and note taking. University instructors describe how classrooms have become “sites of technological resistance and rebellions,” instead of centers of learning and critical thinking.

All full-time faculty and university staff with instructional roles are invited to participate. Regional campus colleagues are invited to participate in group discussions in person or via Skype.  Discussions will begin this fall and continue in spring semester; modest stipends are available for the participants, along with copies of the books that will be utilized. 

Participants will read and discuss the books Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by Jose Antonio Bowen and Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk by Richard H. Hersha and John Merrow.

They will then develop a plan for communication expectations to students about social media, email and notetaking (SEN); incorporate strategies for SEN development in courses; and provide feedback following the incorporation of the SEN principles.

If you are interested in joining this faculty learning community or would like more information, please contact the facilitator, Robin Muhammad, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies (dearmon@ohio.edu). 

General questions about this professional development opportunity

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