Faculty at GSC are active practitioners in their fields who help students connect with new learning in a way that is authentic, relevant, and personal. Faculty share subject matter expertise through highly engaged discussions, activities, and assessments. The following resources are intended to help faculty explore and share engagement strategies for student success.
Understand the Needs of Adult Learners
Explore this handy infographic on adult learning theory - also known as andragogy. There are many models and theories related to teaching and learning in adulthood and the field is far from "settled" territory.
Ensure Students Are Prepared for Online Course Work
GSC faculty members Elizabeth Reed and Julie Moser, along with Plymouth State University colleague Danielle Phillipson, piloted a "Course Start-Up Message" in 2017 to discern if it made a positive impact for student preparedness and success in online courses - and it did! Explore more.
This handy webpage provides an overview of instructor presence strategies using a Community of Inquiry (COI) framework.
Instructor and student presence online is essential, not optional. This resource provides faculty with a brief overview about why online engagement is essential.
Having difficult conversations with students comes with the teaching territory. Whether interactions are online or face-to-face, this webpage provides faculty with information and resources to have those difficult conversations in a way that makes use of GSC's resoyurces and promotes student success.
Explore an overview of tips and resources related to creating engaging activities and assignments.
Discover ideas and best practices for group work and collaborative learning activities.
Consider this webpage to learn how some GSC faculty incorporate practice and rehearsal opportunities into their courses.
Review this webpage resource to explore how GSC's highly qualified faculty and strong community partnerships help students access experiential and field-based learning.
Explore this brief overview of transfer of learning activities - what they are, why do them, and tips about how to include them in your class.
The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) launched the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, which seeks to help campuses and faculty help "students acquire the broad knowledge, higher order capacities, and real-world experience they need to thrive both in the conomy and in a globally engaged democracy." Included in this initiative is promotion of authentic assessments and capstones and signature work.
Explore a brief exploration about the importance of feedback from educational experts in the field.
Explore this webpage for more information about using rubrics as a way to engage students with their own learning and provide targeted feedback.
In the hustle and bustle of balancing our teaching practice with other career and life demands, we sometimes neglect our own self-care. And yet, research shows that self-care (such as mindfulness practices) can have a positive impact on our perception, affect, and ability to cope and thrive under stress. Explore these resources to learn more:
- An ASCD article on mindfulness and resources and research
- A five-minute guided walking meditation for mindfulness video
Professor's Cookbook - Recipes for Student Success
In 2018, GSC launched a new series featuring quick and easy teaching recipes from fellow faculty related to strategies for student success. These recipes are a wonderful example of how GSC faculty share and grow with one another. Check out the resources.