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Students experience learning in both mastery oriented learning and performance oriented learning. To build on both types of learning, allow for students to choose ways to engage with the curriculum where possible. Student generated questions for quizzes and classwork and options to demonstrate learning with different types of media can lead to deeper understanding of […]

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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 […]

Two weeks ago, my colleague Wilson Rojas Bugueño talked about an interesting class project that one of the Kirkwood faculty, Shelby Myers-Verhage, has her students work on in a college writing course. Shelby is an Associate Professor of English at the Kirkwood Community College campus in Iowa City and she is also a Professional Development […]

In a recent article in Education Week, Carol Dweck revisits her seminal work on Growth Mindset and offers news ways of thinking about this concept that maybe helpful for both classroom and organizational application. “Growth mindset” is a term that can be overused and become cliche – very easily. I mean, who doesn’t want to declare […]

“I truly believe that through participating in the Kirkwood Study Abroad trip to India, I now have a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate,” wrote one student.  “The trip helped reiterate my desire to live and work abroad someday and aided in solidifying my want to work with underprivileged kids.”  […]

The following is written by George Trotter, instructor in Industrial Maintenance Technologies. I think my teaching philosophy has come to reflect the idea that education, especially technical education, is the process of delivering the principles governing our vocation in a manner and sequence that can be digested by the student until they not only have […]

This semester, in the Principles of Selling course, instructor Todd Saville had a class that exceeded his expectations concerning a fundraising challenge, which he said, “proved to be a really good successful learning experience and charitable activity…  They’re learning from it.  They’re giving back.  It’s a good cause.”  You can listen to Todd describe this […]

Earlier this year, Loughton Smith, bakery instructor in the Hospitality Arts department, went to Japan with several culinary students to learn and get the whole experience of Japanese cuisine and the traditions and culture associated with it.  At the end of his narrative, he describes his biggest takeaway, “Even small town people from a small […]

For his 2013-14 Mentor-Mentee Project, speech communications instructor Kevin Shroth investigated the science and pseudoscience behind what educators commonly refer to as learning styles.  A few weeks ago, we sat down with Kevin to share what he learned, summarizing key ideas from this paper, which you can access here. If you would like to learn […]

Jessica Rozek focused on Foundations 1 nursing students for her 2013-14 Mentor Mentee Project.  Below she shares some of her Power Point slides along with her accompanying notes. I teach Foundations 1 nursing students which is first semester, so they usually present with high anxiety in both lab and class, as they are learning brand […]

Last year about this time, PBS aired a special on TED Talks Education.  You can check out the whole playlist here: In the first video, posted above, Rita Pierson address challenges that many community college students face: poverty, low attendance, and negative peer influence.  As she states in the talk, these challenges predict poor […]

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 […]

Yesterday, KQED’s Mind/Shift published an article by the Hechinger Report’s Anya Kamenetz that asked the question, “How engaged are students and teachers in American schools?”  The article and the survey it reports on was mainly about students and teachers in grades 5-12. Earlier today, we tweeted this article asking, “How engaged are students and teachers […]

This post was written by Judith Wightman, Professional Development Fellow and faculty in the Psychology department. I have been interested in introversion for some time. When I started reading about the introversion/extroversion continuum, it helped me to understand many experiences I have had, including my general desire to be alone or with one or two […]

This blog entry was written by Willie Barbour, Professional Development Fellow and faculty in the English department. In the Oct 11th Chronicle of High Education article “How to Respond to Govt. Shutdown? Talk About It, Says Higher-Education Lobby” by Eric Kelderman the role of faculty in classroom discussions about the shutdown of the government was […]

This was the 2012 Mentor-Mentee Project developed by Jonathon Pope from Automotive Technology. Proposal Every class in the automotive program has Lab Sheets for the students to perform their hands-on portion for the topic they are covering.  There are several different classes that use the same vehicle but have different electrical faults that are installed […]

Library Services published a couple photos of a whiteboard they put up in the Cedar Rapids main campus library, which you can see by clicking on the link below: Kirkwood students say…how their professors can better understand them. One helpful resource comes from the March 2011 issue of Educational Leadership, which says, “Perhaps the most […]

This narrative blog entry was written by Willie Barbour, Professional Development Fellow and faculty in the English department. I was looking forward to teaching this summer. This was going to be my first time teaching online. It would be a great learning opportunity for me, teaching my first 100% online course, well two courses. I […]