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Achievement, Retention and Equity

Event date: Monday, March 11, 2013, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: CTE - UNH 3030

Achievement, Retention and Equity:
Key Pedagogical Changes that Can Make a Real Difference in ANY College Classroom Without Lowering Standards [Event Flyer]

Presented By: Craig Nelson, PhD, Biology, Indiana University, Emeritus

In this workshop, we will examine some key pedagogical changes that can make real differences in achievement, retention and equity in almost any college or university classroom without lowering the standards for achievement. Specific topics will include: 1. How can an instructor radically reduce or eliminate low grades in lecture courses without lowering standards? 2. How can we make our students brighter and harder working using only 1 hour of class time (in ways that level the playing field for all groups)? We will distinguish between keeping or even raising standards for achievement and certain dysfunctional illusions of rigor that can get in the way of effective teaching. We will discuss how standard university teaching is often ineffective even when the students are working reasonably hard and how alternative approaches can lead to large increases in student success and in equity.

Craig E. Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he has been since 1966. His biological research (60+ papers) has been on evolution and ecology, most recently on sex-determination in turtles. His articles on teaching (20+) address critical thinking and mature valuing, diversity, active learning, teaching evolution and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has presented invited workshops on these and related topics at numerous national meetings and at many individual institutions, both here and abroad. He has taught several courses in biology as well as freshman seminars, honors courses, collaboratively taught interdisciplinary courses (mostly in environmental studies) and regularly taught a graduate course on "Alternative Approaches to Teaching College Biology." He was instrumental in the development of IU's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) program and was founding Director of Environmental Programs in its School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He received several awards for distinguished teaching, was named the "Outstanding Research And Doctoral University Professor Of The Year 2000" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and received the President's Medal for Excellence, "the highest honor bestowed by Indiana University," in 2001. He was the first President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which he helped found in 2004.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.
Please do join us also if you cannot stay for the entire 90 minutes.

Please contact the CTE for any of the following:
  • Handout: "Achievement, Retention and Equity: Key Pedagogical Changes that Can Make a Real Difference in ANY College Classroom Without Lowering Standards"
  • Achievement-Retention-Equity Presentation Recording
  • Other Material:
    • Handout: "A Brief Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)"
    • Bibliography: "Suggested Resources for Scholarly Teaching (ST) and for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) with a Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)"
    • Handout: "How to Do Active Learning Easily not only for STEM & Other Content-Heavy Classes"
    • Critical Thinking Handout: "Why Critical Thinking is so Hard for Students to Learn? How Can We Help?"
    • Handout: "The 'Red Pen' Worksheet"
    • Handout: "Fostering Achievement, Retention & Equity for All Students: Key Recent Examples"

Other talks by Craig Nelson at LMU:

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.