The Master Teacher Program: A Community of Learners Focused on Self-Growth

The Master Teacher Program: A Community of Learners Focused on Self-Growth

The literature regarding workplace learning emphasizes, among other elements, the importance of learning by doing, social learning, and personalized learning pathways (J. Hart, 2015, S. Geison, 2018). This mindset is not new, but uncommon in institutions of higher education. The newly redesigned Master Teacher Program at Kirkwood Community College is fortunate to be able to […]

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Indispensable Skills and Deep Conversations

Indispensable Skills and Deep Conversations

Our Menu of Learning is extensive and presents a good window into what we offer for our faculty and staff. We listen to people from many departments across our region and across our programs to provide sessions that teach skills and aid in diving deeper into teaching. When we cover how to create discussions and […]

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The Master Teacher Program: Building Community through Sharing

The Master Teacher Program: Building Community through Sharing

There is a wealth of literature on the power of PLCs (professional learning communities) as contributory to faculty growth. The Master Teacher Program (MTP) at Kirkwood Community College is a form of PLC, whereby faculty grow through their collective efforts on the Kirkwood faculty competencies as related to student success. MTP Year 1: Introduction to […]

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Faculty Reflection on Self Growth

Faculty Reflection on Self Growth

The Master Teacher Program (MTP) is a three-year professional development opportunity for new full-time faculty at Kirkwood. This program is built upon faculty’s strengths and it is an opportunity for the probationary faculty to reflect on their good teaching practices that lead to their student’s success in a non-evaluative setting. KCELT hosted an outstanding annual […]

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Secrets to Happiness

Secrets to Happiness

My colleague Chris King, Learning and Development Coordinator, handed out a book called “Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being” by Beth Cabrera to me and the other female colleagues in our department last month. The first glance at the name of the book made me critical about the title only addressing “women”. I took the book […]

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From Teaching to Organizing a State Wide Conference!

From Teaching to Organizing a State Wide Conference!

Janine Martin is a Biology adjunct faculty at Kirkwood Community College. For the last two years she has been the organizer of the Iowa Conference in Higher Education, a statewide education conference. This conference is designed to provide professional development opportunities for part-time and full-time faculty and staff who are working in the field of […]

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An Instructional Designer’s Perspective on Reading Circles

An Instructional Designer’s Perspective on Reading Circles

  Last month, I presented at the Statewide Teaching and Learning Conference in Waterloo, Iowa with my faculty colleagues Shelby Myers-Verhage from the Iowa City campus and Judith Wightman from the Psychology department.  We have been working together for at least the past year on leading reading circles for faculty at KCELT.   In the […]

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Fellow’s Passion for Reading Circles: A Powerful Means of Professional Development

Fellow’s Passion for Reading Circles: A Powerful Means of Professional Development

“People bring up ideas about teaching that are new to me and that really work well in other classes,” says Judith Wightman, “I appreciate when other people share those ideas.”  This appreciative knowledge sharing mindset demonstrates that successful pedagogy can be contagious.  To access the full transcript to Judith’s interview, please click here. In this […]

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Opportunities for Growth Flourish at Kirkwood

Opportunities for Growth Flourish at Kirkwood

“I found out that one of the great things about Kirkwood is that everybody wants to help other people,” says Rich Underwood as the first featured Professional Development Fellow of 2015.  To access the transcript to Rich’s interview, please click here. In this interview, Rich shares how he has seen many opportunities for professional and […]

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Reflection on KCamp:  Kirkwood’s First Unconference

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 […]

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The Future of the Mind: A Review

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 […]

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Nursing Adjunct Orientation

Nursing Adjunct Orientation

For her Mentor-Mentee Project, Michelle Vore described her role in the nursing department as the Clinical Coordinator, emphasizing the Nursing Adjunct Course.  You can access her project here (PDF). In her project, she states that her objective “is to implement a more effective and comprehensive nursing adjunct orientation and mentorship through implementation of a Nursing […]

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Notes and Reflections on “A New Culture of Learning”

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) […]

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Reflection on Teacher as Designer Institute

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. […]

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What do you want to learn?

What do you want to learn?

As KCELT is planning and designing learning initiatives, institutes, and events for the year 2014, the NMC Horizon Report for Higher Education was released.   This report identifies and describes “emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.”  You can access and download the report at http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed. The image […]

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Open Space Technology: A Book Review

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 […]

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Natalia Cherjovsky on Group Dynamics

Natalia Cherjovsky on Group Dynamics

In 2011, Natalia Cherjovsky discussed the social importance of group exercises for the growth of learners, as well as, an array of activities and techniques to organize a group-oriented exercise for your curriculum. She blogs at http://nataliacherjovsky.blogspot.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter @NatCherjovsky.

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