Author: Kaeppel, Kristi

Embracing Change to Reconsider Teaching Practices

By Emma Björngard-Basayne and Kristi Kaeppel with thanks to Hanna Gunn and Mandy Long for their contributions. When the announcement was made that classes were moving online for the semester, I (Emma) felt nervous, wondering if I would be able to make my abruptly-online classes as good of a learning experience as my in-person classes. […]

Introducing Contemplative Practices in Engineering Courses

By Phoebe Szarek In engineering and related disciplines (e.g. STEM), there is a certain level of objectivity that is expected and even required. We are taught to make the best decision based on current technology, objectives, constraints, and foundational math and science. There is very little space for “I feel” in most of these situations. […]

Fall 2020 Electives for the GCCI

The following table shows GCCI-eligible electives that are offered in fall 2020. You can see also view the spreadsheet here. Course Title Time Offered Description EDCI 5875 Multicultural Education (3 credits) 2 sections, one online; one Wed, 4:40-7:40pm Interrelationships between education and various sociocultural aspects of cultural diversity and cultural pluralism, including language acquisition and […]

The Quiet Minority That’s Thriving Online

By Kristi Kaeppel with special thanks to Asanka Amarasinghe for sharing his experiences In a recent online teaching seminar I attended, the presenter posed the following provocative statement for participants to discuss: in-person classes are obsolete. If this were in-person and mics were not muted, I imagine I would have seen heads rise suddenly from […]

Pass it on: Advice for Students New to Remote Coursework

By Emily Ng Edited by Kristi Kaeppel As instructors and students in higher education, we find ourselves—suddenly, uneasily—thrust into a new landscape. Some of us may have experience teaching or learning online to varying degrees, while for others, this is unfamiliar terrain that demands of us a quick adaptation. In order to ease anxieties and […]

Fall 2020 Application Extended until April 10th, 2020!

In light of the pandemic, the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction has extended the application deadline for fall 2020 entrance until April 10th, 2020. (original date was April 1, 2020). The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction aims to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills useful in their current and future careers as teaching professionals […]

Storytelling: Bringing Color Back to the Classroom

By Monika Arbačiauskaitė “In a world where time cannot be measured, there are no clocks, no calendars, no definite appointments. Events are triggered by other events, not by time.”- Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams In Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman offers a fictional retelling of Albert Einstein’s grappling with the theory of time. Through visiting Einstein’s dreams, Lightman […]

Exploring Genres Beyond the Research Paper

By Sophie Buckner Aw… the research essay. The staple in undergraduate writing. At best, the student research essay poses a provocative question and curates convincing and credible evidence to support the student writer’s own unique answer to that question. At its worst, the research essay is a frustrating document embodying the boredom and/or confusion of […]

Student Engagement: Where to Start As a Teaching Assistant

By Elizabeth Herder When I started in graduate school, I was expected to teach three laboratory sections of Fundamentals of Microbiology. I was anxious to perform well in this position. I, like so many others of my peer group, had heard phrases like “active learning” and “student engagement” but without having a clear understanding of […]

Applying James Lang’s Small Teaching in STEM Classrooms

By Andrew Miller Think back to your college mathematics courses. What is one word to describe how students in that class were learning? Does the word “passive” come to mind? Having taken countless math courses throughout my undergraduate and graduate career, I can confidently say that the structure of most courses is the same. Instructors […]