Thanks to all who so generously provided input and shared their time so far (faculty, administrators, and staff) regarding teaching and learning on campus! If you are around this summer and want to chat, please don't wait for an e-mail invitation from me. Get in touch so we can meet! The sooner I know what your instructional needs are, the sooner I can provide relevant support.
I thought it might be helpful to communicate what I've gathered so far from my conversations with people as well as some possible programs/offerings/opportunities to address the issues you've shared. As always, please let me know if I've left anything out - I hope to be of service!
I will keep you posted as I continue my conversations with people and hope you will also keep me posted of any new/interesting ideas you would like to pursue!!
Take good care and thanks for your input and assistance! As always, your feedback is crucial!
Feature Article: Faculty Roles in Student Retention
What role can faculty
members play in improving student retention? Research indicates that
students remain in settings that engage them in meaningful learning
activities and support their academic and social needs.
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What's New? Podcasts
According to Wikipedia, the word podcast is a compound word combining "iPod" and "broadcast". Podcasts provide a way to make multi-media files such as audio, music, or video readily available through mobile devices such as iPods or on the Internet through iTunes or other mp3 (compressed audio file) players. Many news organizations, such as CNN, provide podcasts of news reports that may have relevance for classroom use. Penn State is developing resources on podcasting at its site, http://podcast.psu.edu.
The portability of podcasts makes them highly attractive for educational applications. Students can download podcasted lectures (or other podcasts relevant to course content) onto portable players and listen at their convenience, catching up with new material, or reviewing previously studied topics. Duke University was the frontrunner in implementing podcasting for educational purposes. In a 2004 report on academic uses of podcasting at Duke, five broad categories are named: course content dissemination, classroom recording, field recording, study support, and file storage and transfer. For more information, read Duke's 2004 report on their results.
Get the free download of iTunes to listen to podcasts on your computer. After you install iTunes, try it out by listening to an NPR podcast from the program Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. The link provides instructions and help on how to use iTunes if needed. Http://odeo.com provides a free podcasting application which allows you to record audio clips from a microphone at your PC or directly from your cell phone, posting them for free online. Listen to a recent Welcome message I created for the online summer reading group. It is stored for free at odeo.com so doesn't take any of my personal web storage space to use it. I just provide a link to it from within the online group!
Please Contact me if you are currently using podcasts in your courses and would like to share what you are doing!!
Podcasting 101 , By: Eash, Esther Kreider, Computers in Libraries,
10417915, Apr2006, Vol. 26, Issue 4
This book grew from the work conducted by the DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practice) Project at the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University. It describes policies, practices, and programs that institutions can employ to increase student success.
There are four main parts to the book: an introduction that explores the notion of student engagement as a key to student success; part two details the properties and conditions common to educationally effective colleges; part three describes effective practices used at successful colleges and universities; and part four summarizes the groups findings and provides recommendations for practice to schools endeavoring to increase student success.
Schools can use and adapt strategies provided by twenty different institutions to create a campus culture that fosters student success. This book is a good resource for faculty and student services staff alike. Read an excerpt from the Introduction
Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J., & Whitt E. (2005). Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco.
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