PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP
Thoughts on the art of teaching professional writing.
As stated in my teaching and scholarship philosophy statement, the core of my teaching is steeped in a mix of educational research, from Benjamin Bloom (Bloom's Taxonomy) through the work of Wiggins and McTighe (Understanding by Design), Stephen Brookfield (Reflective-Based Pedagogies), Carl Rogers (Humanistic Approach), and David Kolb (Experiential Learning). Included below are two examples that represent my approach to learning and teaching.
Syllabus - Writing for the Workplace
The syllabus linked above is from my fall 2016 sections of Writing for the Workplace. I purposefully design this syllabus to illustrate the application of some of the concepts covered in the course, such as: document design, visual formatting, and data visualization.
Assignment - Meeting Minutes
I am including the Meeting Minutes assignment from my Writing for the Workplace course (see link above). This assignment is a simple but effective exercise in learning how to listen, to write concisely, and to design a business document. A natural by-product of this assignment is a record of our class session that everyone can review for information.
Blending theory and practice, our program seeks to foster clarity, invention, and expertise in various styles and genres. - Ithaca College's Department of Writing website
Most of the research and scholarship I publish and present relates directly to learning and teaching in higher education, and some of it relates directly to the teaching of professional writing. All of my scholarship in industry and teaching combines to foster clarity, invention, and expertise. The following two examples provide a look into the type of research and scholarship that I have been practicing for over fifteen years.
Using ePortfolios Instead of an LMS: a Model to Promote Lifelong Learning and Professional Development (Fall 2016 Publication)
This article is one example of my scholarship in the field of teaching professional writing. My current research focuses on re-examining the role of the Learning Management System on campus as well as the impact of reflective-based pedagogies on deep learning. Below is a recent international publication that I was part of for the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (http://aaeebl.org). I include the cover page and credit page of the publication (below).
Breaking Through Silos: Collaboration that Supports Instruction (Forthcoming Book Chapter, 2017)
This example is a collaborative publication that I just finished final edits on for a book chapter with my colleague, Anne Larrivee, who is an instructional librarian at Binghamton University (SUNY). The book will be published in early 2017 by the ACRL book. The book title is Creative Approaches to Instructional Design in Libraries: Moving from Theory to Practical Application and is forthcoming from the Association of College Research Libraries press. The excerpt included in this collection focuses on sections that I primarily composed.
C3PO and Online Course Development (Brief Talk, 2015)
An impromptu speaker request at the annual State University of New York Center for Online Teaching Excellence conference. My session was published via SUNY COTE's YouTube channel.
Link to YouTube video: https://youtu.be/-SaXUPnOZxY
This short talk supports my background and expertise in course design. Another aspect of my research and scholarship involves documenting best practices in quality, online course development. My work in creating professional development opportunities and programs for faculty in higher education fueled the creation of an award-winning Teaching Online Certification Program that I developed with my staff in the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University (for full description, http://bit.ly/2iLQFKM). I have taught online since 1997 and have been researching and developing faculty for online teaching for almost as long. The video that I include below was part of a requested speaker series for the State University of New York’s Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE). Not only does this video illustrate my ability to professionally share my research with a large audience (SUNY, YouTube), but it also summarizes the best practices I use in sharing my expertise with online course development.
Here are two examples of my work as a professional writer. One of the examples is a recommendation report developed out of a software solution pilot that I managed. The other example is a handout from a series developed as a resource for professional development events.
Part of my administrative work in the higher education industry involves conducting pilot research in order for the campus to make informed decisions regarding learning and teaching. One such pilot occurred on the Binghamton University campus, when a decision needed to be made about adopting a streaming media solution (creating, delivering, and tracking video, audio, screencasts, etc.). I was charged with managing the pilot for the University as well as compiling the final report. A four-page excerpt of this report is below (PDF) and the link to the full report can be found at the following weblink, should you be interested: http://bit.ly/2i6slTc.
8 Take-Aways for Creating Engaging Discussions
Another aspect of my work in industry involves writing content and designing informative/educational handouts for clients regarding the art of learning and teaching. Educause, a leading resource for learning and teaching in higher education, has a handout series entitled 7 Things You Should Know About [Topic] (http://bit.ly/2hNP9Lu), and I wanted my team of Instructional Designers to offer more than Educause does for our clientele, so the 8 Take-Away series of publications was designed as a resource to accompany every professional development event that our Center for Learning and Teaching offered to faculty. Below is one example that I created for an event on Creating Engaging Discussions in the Classroom for faculty (http://bit.ly/2hNSY33).
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, COLLABORATION?
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