Listening To Our Students: A Faculty Forum on Teaching First-Year Students was held on Friday, January 29, 2016. The gathering was co-sponsored by the UK’s Office of Academic Excellence, the Chellgren Center in UGE’s Academy for Undergraduate Excellence, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Charley Carlson, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Excellence, began the forum with words of encouragement and a call to action. Speakers included professors and administrators:
- Ben Braun explaining his new, proactive method to teaching large math courses;
- Christia Brown on changing the approach to her Psychology course;
- A&S Assistant Dean Kirsten Turner reporting on feedback from student focus groups; and,
- Kathi Kern, Director of CELT, on decoding the disciplines.
Faculty also participated in guided table discussions on transitioning first-year students to college and fostering independent learning from first-year students to college graduates.
CELT’s Dr. Bill Burke together with Dr. Bethany Miller of UGE’s Office of Retention and Student Success introduced also the new faculty learning communities related to:
- self-regulated learning (strategies that encourage students to think about their own thinking and create more meaningful learning experiences),
- transitioning students to college; and
- teaching large classes creatively.
The Division of Undergraduate Education has allocated $30,000 to fund innovative ideas in these faculty learning communities, with work beginning Spring 2016 through Fall 2016.