Back to school – spring 2013

Welcome back to school for spring 2013, TCU Faculty!

It’s a busy time of year for everyone, but we wanted to share some useful information with you:

Syllabus Template

Need to update your syllabus with the latest TCU policies, or want to include information about TurnItIn, Pearson LearningStudio Help or campus resources?  Check out our Syllabus Template (Word doc) to compare with your existing syllabus.

Syllabus redesign

Looking for more in-depth help with your syllabus and want a consultation?  Please look at our Syllabus & Course Design page for information about setting up a meeting with our Faculty Development team.


Pearson LearningStudio

Training: The first place for faculty to start is our online documentation & videos.   We have Faculty Open Labs where you can drop in for assistance with your course shell; additionally, our staff is leading themed workshops on specific LearningStudio tools.  See the workshop schedule for more information.

Verify Enrollments: If you are using Pearson LearningStudio this semester, be sure that you verify your enrollments.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify the eLearning staff so that they can resolve them for you.   Review the how to information for verifying your enrollments.

Videos for students:  If you are worried about students not knowing how to use new tools you are implementing, you might want to consider linking to our how to videos for students, or sending the links out to them via email.   Each of the tools has either a PDF or how to video (or both) for many topics.   Be sure to check out the student how to videos on our website.


i>clicker

Interested in adopting i<Clicker for your classes?  Contact our i>clicker rep, Alise for information about adoption & training, or stop in at one of our I>clicker themed open labs.  Check the workshop schedule for lab times.

To adopt iClicker for your classroom, please contact:

Alise Alford
aalford.Contractor@macmillan.com

Also, please notify elearning@tcu.edu that you are adopting iClicker

To order remotes for students to purchase through the bookstore, simply provide the information below. A new i>clicker remote is $40.00 and a new i>Clicker 2 remote is $46.65. Remotes can be sold back at the end of the semester. It’s definitely not too late to get i>clicker in your classroom!

ISBN: 0-7167-7939-0
Product name – i>clicker
Vendor name – Macmillan (MPS, formerly VHPS)
Vendor website – www.iclicker.com


Upcoming Koehler Center Events

We have some great upcoming Koehler Center Events for spring:

  • Reacting to the Past
  • Teacher-Scholar Writing Workshop: Balancing the Roles of the Teacher-Scholar
  • Target Knows If You’re Pregnant: How Data Leads to Personalized Learning

To find out more information about these events, please go to our Koehler Events page.


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Syllabus Tips

Since the Season of Syllabi is upon us, you may want to check out the Top 10 Syllabus Tips from the Koehler Center.

Additionally, I’d like to draw your attention the Koehler Center’s syllabus template (available in Word and html formats – easy to add to your course docs or pop into your course shell). Enjoy!

Pop Quiz!

Not really. But perhaps that grabbed your attention?

Quizzes are a great way to give rapid feedback to the learners (and to the instructors!). Quizzes also provide verification that learners have, in fact, engaged with specific pieces of content.

This being the start of the semester, it’s the perfect time for a syllabus quiz.

Does this experience sound familiar?

I can ask if anyone has any questions [about the syllabus]. I can look for nodding heads or confusion on faces, and I can address any issues in class. And if I really want to be a stickler, I can have students sign a page stating that they have read and understand the syllabus. . . . That isn’t good enough, I’ve found. I still have students come to me saying that they didn’t realize such-and-such and that it would affect so-and-so.

Syllabus quiz to the rescue! Maybe we need a superhero graphic?