I Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy Offers Inaugural Summer Teaching Institute
First Summer Teaching Institute draws doctoral students and postdocs from three universities
II CER Services for Faculty and TAs
How may we help you?
III Teaching Tips: Creating Your Course Syllabus
Resources for developing a comprehensive syllabus
IV Classroom Technology News and Notes
Big improvements for two big classrooms
V Blackboard Updates
Reminders and updates for fall semester
VI JHBox – A New File Sharing and Storage Service
More free stuff for all faculty and staff
VII Homewood Welcomes Starfish to Campus
Paperless interim reports
VIII BorrowDirect: The Collections of the Ivies
Now Delivered Straight to You
IX Increasing Recycling at Hopkins
It is easy being green
I Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy Offers Inaugural Summer Teaching InstituteThe Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy hosted PhD students and post-doctoral fellows from Johns Hopkins, Howard, and the University of Maryland on May 28-30th, 2014, during a three-day Summer Teaching Institute. The intensive workshop addressed common themes and challenges in teaching and education at the post-secondary level. Topics included Teaching as Scholarship; Active Learning in Theory and Practice; Formative & Summative Assessment; Motivating Students with Diverse Learning Styles; Course Planning; Evaluation Tools & Building Rubrics. Through mini-lectures, panel discussions, presentations, and group work, participants learned about innovations and research in undergraduate education. Ten faculty shared teaching methods that engage students through problem-solving and discussion. Participants developed teaching artifacts for their portfolios and presented peer-reviewed "teachable tidbits." The PFF Teaching Academy and the Summer Teaching Institute are grounded on the principle of teaching-as-scholarship, which challenges instructors to bring to teaching the critical thinking, rigor, creativity, and spirit of experimentation that define research in all disciplines. The Summer Teaching Institute sessions were facilitated by some of Hopkins' most effective and engaging teachers, including; David Andrews, Dean, School of Education; Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Expository Writing; Richard Brown, Mathematics; Bill Egginton, German & Romance Languages & Literatures and Vice Dean for Graduate Education; Emily Fisher, Biology; Jane Greco, Chemistry; Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Civil Engineering; Louise Pasternak, Chemistry; Rebecca Pearlman, Biology; Christov Roberson, Biology; Richard Shingles, Biology/CER and Director of the Summer Teaching Institute; Katie Tifft, Biology. Robert Mathieu, Professor of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Director, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), gave the keynote presentation on the first day of the Summer Teaching Institute. Johns Hopkins University is a member of CIRTL, a national consortium of 22 research universities committed to developing and sharing innovative STEM instructional resources and strategies. The CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate STEM education through the development of a national faculty that advances effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. Do you have doctoral students who will be entering the job search for academic positions when they complete their work at Johns Hopkins? Please urge them to consider participating in the Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy as part of their professional development!
II CER Services for Faculty and TAsWhether you are a new Hopkins faculty member or an established professor who has not yet explored our services, the Center for Educational Resources welcomes you to the Fall 2014 semester. The CER provides pedagogical support and resources for both traditional and digitally supported teaching. Our location in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library allows us to work closely with Sheridan Libraries research services librarians and University IT staff. CER staff have advanced academic degrees and experience in instructional settings, and, most importantly, they are flexible and willing to provide both individual consultations for faculty or small group presentations for departmental groups. Instruction services:
- course management system (Blackboard) information, support and training
- TA training and workshops
- dedicated consultation to meet individual faculty or departmental needs
- Interactive Map Tool and Timeline Tool (CER developed course resources)
- Turnitin plagiarism detection software
- in-class voting student response (i-clicker) system
- dozens of other digital tools to support your teaching
- faculty multimedia lab and equipment loans - industry standard resources to record and distribute lecture materials, enhance presentations visually and aurally, and prepare materials for conferences and grant proposals
- mobile computer cart - laptop set can transform any classroom into an interactive learning space
- Fall 2014 Class Planner (NEW THIS YEAR)
- partnering with faculty to develop instructional assessment and educational outreach sections in grant proposals
- reviewing instructional applications of Web-accessible resources to address individual faculty instructional or research objectives
- annual mini-grant program to help faculty address course-specific student learning objectives
- over 100 projects from 31 departments have been completed to date
III Teaching Tips: Creating Your Course SyllabusWith the start of the fall semester, it's a good time for tips on creating a syllabus. This topic has been covered in the CER's The Innovative Instructor Blog (see Rebooting Your Syllabus from November 2013), but a recent post in The Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker blog - From the Archives: Creating Syllabi - is chock-full of great advice. The article covers the basic elements that should be included in every syllabus, such as contact information, course objectives, assignment due dates, institutional rules and regulations, technology policies, and accessibility statements. There are also suggestions about logistics and design. For Whiting School faculty, some engineering-specific course syllabus templates have been created. They can be found here.
IV Classroom Technology News and NotesThis summer the campus classroom technology group has updated two large classrooms, expanded the Panopto video recording service, and acquired new software licenses for students.
V Blackboard Updates
- Fall 2014 Blackboard course shells are available now. There is no need to request Blackboard course shells - all full time AS/EN courses have a course site by default in Blackboard. For a course to be seen by students, it must be made available by the instructor. Instructions can be found here.
- Training: Blackboard training sessions are available for faculty and TAs at the CER for new and experienced users. Please check the training schedule for dates and times and to register for sessions. If you prefer an individual consultation, our staff is happy to accommodate that need as well.
- Course Copy: A reminder that course material is not automatically copied over from semester to semester. If you want to reuse material from a Blackboard course taught in a previous semester, you'll need to use the Course Copy feature. Course Copy allows you to select which parts of a course you would like copied; the feature then copies those parts over to the new course shell. For the Course Copy feature to work properly, 1) you must be an instructor in both courses, and 2) the course to be copied into must be an existing course. Please see the Course Copy tutorial for more details.
- VoiceThread Integration added to Blackboard: VoiceThread is an interactive digital communication tool that allows users to collaborate online using images, audio, video, and text. Instructors and students from all JHU schools have free accounts in VoiceThread. For those instructors using both Blackboard and VoiceThread, a new link is available in the 'Tools' area of Blackboard, making it easier than ever to share VoiceThread presentations with all members of a class. Once a VoiceThread presentation has been added to a Blackboard course site, students simply click the link to view it. Please see the Adding a VoiceThread Presentation to Blackboard tutorial for step by step instructions.