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Professor Challenges Students Outside Class Through Flipped Learning

Flipped Learning is an innovative and exciting method that allows instructors to achieve students success. More and more educators around the country are talking about its benefits. This story is part of a series of posts on flipped learning that showcase how this method is helping to achieve student success at Kirkwood Community College. “If… [Read the Full Story]

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“Flipped Classroom is a different mindset, but a very powerful one”: Confessions of a Flipped Learning Pioneer

Flipped Learning is a new and exciting method that allows teachers and instructors to achieve students success. More and more educators around the country are talking about its benefits. This story is part of a series of posts that showcase how this method is helping to achieve student success at Kirkwood Community College. “Education is… [Read the Full Story]

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Reflection on KCamp: Kirkwood’s First Unconference

Just before the Fall 2014 semester began, KCELT offered its first “unconference,” which we called KCamp: Professional Development for Faculty by Faculty.  We were inspired by our experiences at EdCamps.  The whole team participated in one of the annual Iowa EdCamps, Northeast in Cedar Falls this March.  Our instructional designers, Wilson and Jeremy, participated in… [Read the Full Story]

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The Future of the Mind: A Review

Earlier this summer, KCELT had a reading circle on The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku, published by Doubleday earlier this year.  While watching Dr. Kaku being interviewed on The Daily Show, I was seeing how many of the scientific breakthroughs in neuroscience will affect… [Read the Full Story]

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Notes and Reflections on “A New Culture of Learning”

On his blog, Alan Peterka, instructional designer in the Distance Learning department, reflects on the book A New Culture of Learning written by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown.  A summary of the book can be read at http://www.newcultureoflearning.com/newcultureoflearning.html. Alan comments on four themes from the book: 1) culture as growth because of environment, 2)… [Read the Full Story]

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The Self-Directed Learner

Now that the academic year is coming to a close, we at KCELT are taking time to reflect what it means to be a self-directed learner.  The video above provides some engaging and provocative ideas to help teachers imagine or re-imagine their students as self-directed learners. We would also like to imagine our faculty as… [Read the Full Story]

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iPad Initiative: How to Inspire People to Take Risks

The video that we are sharing today is not about the iPad. It is about how people were inspired by other people. It is about how a growth mindset person can positively affect our faculty, staff, and finally our students. I think the world needs more people like them. The world needs more people like… [Read the Full Story]

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Google Hangouts: A Reflection

At the end of the Fall 2013 semester, KCELT hosted the Technology Teaching and Learning Institute that featured integrating internet video conferencing (IVC) into the classroom.  During one of the three days, we concentrated on providing hands-on training on four IVC tools, including Google Hangouts. According to our feedback, many faculty were interested in either… [Read the Full Story]

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Reflection on Teacher as Designer Institute

This post was composed by Theresa Moore, PhD, KCELT Faculty Development Specialist. The Teacher as Designer Institute was modeled with the intention to be a microcosm of the curriculum taught in the second year of the Master Teacher Program, the learning community for new full-time faculty. The content in this area is wide and dense…. [Read the Full Story]

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Open Space Technology: A Book Review

This book was suggested to the instructional designers at KCELT, Wilson Rojas and I, to provide the philosophical foundation for participative learning events, by one of the organizers of the Chicago EdCamp in late October 2013.  An EdCamp model was something that intrigued me ever since it was suggested to KCELT by one faculty member… [Read the Full Story]

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