Author : Charlie Sweet

Written on Jan, 18, 2017 by in

While blogging has certainly matured, the concept of academic blogging still conjures up, in the eyes of some, images of professors in pajamas whining about early classes, unprepared students, inattentive administrators, and the cold and cruel world of publishing. Yet, in an era of increased academic accountability, higher education bloggers are looking to promotion and tenure committees for respect and …

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Written on Nov, 16, 2016 by in

Like a lot of other Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs), we remain convinced that today’s faculty do not receive the necessary pedagogic training in graduate school and thus professional development is necessary. However, since we live in evidence-driven times, how do we prove our hypothesis? While we have yet to perform a national study, we have started assessing our …

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Written on Oct, 19, 2016 by in

In the aftermath of our publishing novels, short stories, and academic books and articles, the three of us continue to be asked the same question: where do you guys get your ideas? Gather round, for this time we’re going to reveal one of our secrets, and this strategy for innovation is one you won’t find in our Introduction to Applied …

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Written on Aug, 17, 2016 by in

For the past few years we (Rusty, Hal, and I) have argued that the traditional three-part list of faculty responsibilities—teaching, scholarship, and service—needs to be a tetrad. Underlying the traditional trio should be professional development, and to push PD, the past two years we have facilitated a state-wide PD conference for higher education instructors that we call the Kentucky Pedagogicon. …

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Written on Jul, 27, 2016 by in

Years ago Paul Simon told (Hal, Rusty, and I) that “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.” In essence, every Center of Teaching and Learning (CTL) has to decide what it wants to be. Is it a traditional nail being hammered into shape, or is it a proactive force doing the shaping? In a previous post, we emphasized that …

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Hasn’t the time come for creative thinking researchers to begin a scholarly conversation about the fifth P? What, you didn’t realize there were already four Ps? In our Introduction To Applied Creative Thinking (2012), we explain that since Rhodes (1965) “creative thinking theorists tend to regard the field from four different perspectives, commonly called the Four Ps”: The Creative Process …

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Written on May, 11, 2016 by in

In chapter nine of our Achieving Excellence in Teaching (2014), we explain the importance of using CRISP* as an organizational principle for effective classroom instruction in order to help students learn deeply. As we say there, “CRISP is an acronym for classroom methodology based on unity of purpose as an organizational principle; the process involves five ordered and inter-related steps: …

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Throughout the years in our center for teaching & learning (CTL), we’ve pretty much relied on our own approach to creative thinking, something we’ve discussed in these posts but really detailed in Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking (2012) and Teaching Applied Creative Thinking (2013). Recently, to help guide us through numerous projects, we’ve been using another form of creative thinking …

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Written on Mar, 30, 2016 by in

“Success,” suggested Emily Dickinson, “is counted sweetest by those who ne’er succeed.” We’d like to add a corollary to the Belle of Amherst’s famous pronouncement. SUCCESS IS COUNTED SWEETER BY THOSE WHO OFT EXCEED. Simply put, success begets success. The more you accomplish as a center of teaching and learning (CTL), the more you will be asked to accomplish. As …

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Written on Mar, 09, 2016 by in

Want a simple assessment tool for your CTL, one that tracks your daily activities while providing you with a detailed read-out of what activities dominate your unit? A few years ago our dean expressed both an educational and oversight interest in learning what our CTL—here it’s the Teaching & Learning Center–actually does—i.e., how can she justify continuing to support funding …

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