NOTE: This project concluded in May of 2015.
School of Nursing academic technology group is pleased to launch the 60 Small Changes project. Our goal is to work with SoN faculty to make – and share ideas about – 60 small but meaningful, evidence-supported changes in undergraduate teaching, and – consequently – to make noticeable, positive impact on student learning. We also hope that the project will inspire numerous innovative teaching ideas that will help all of us at SoN – instructors and students – make the most of the new, beautiful active learning spaces in Cooper Hall.
PROJECT MEETING & READING SCHEDULE:
All dates are Fridays (the day of DC), at 11:30-12:30 in Cooper Hall rm.1126 (Academic Programs conference room):
- Nov 21, 2014: Preface and Ch. 1 – Learning is misunderstood
Our first meeting included a brief overview of the project including its central ideas, an overview of the functionality of Kindle for iPad software (including highlighting, bookmarking, and annotating, and sending / sharing notes and highlights outside of the Kindle application). During our discussion of the first reading section (Preface and CH. 1) several faculty commented that it was useful and reassuring to see many of their own teaching approaches and strategies validated by research reported in the initial, overview chapters of the book. The third part of our discussion focused specifically on different approaches to using quizzes and testing in class. For our next meeting, on Dec. 12 at 11:30, we will read Ch. 2 – To Learn, Retrieve; we agreed that as we read the next chapter for our forthcoming meeting, each of us will highlight 3-4 fragments we found particularly interesting, applicable, or otherwise worth bringing to the group’s attention, and we’ll be ready to share these selections with the rest
- Dec 12: Ch. 2 – To Learn, Retrieve (NOTE: For the meeting please highlight 3-4 selections to share with the group – see note above)
- Jan 9, 2015: Working meeting (no reading assignment) / Reflection on which teaching strategies you’d will try this semester
- Feb 13: Ch. 3 – Mix Up Your Practice and Ch. 4 – Embrace Difficulties
- Mar 13: Ch. 5 – Avoid Illusions of Knowing Ch. 6 – Get Beyond Learning Styles
- Apr 24: Ch. 7 – Increase Your Abilities and Ch. 8 – Make It Stick
- May 8: Project Summary Meeting and Conclusion – Sharing of Ideas (online summary will be added to this page)
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:
- PARTICIPANTS: Participation required a brief, online application process. All SoN faculty and instructional academic staff who teach an undergraduate SoN course during 2014-15 academic year, have been invited to apply and participate. Priority was given to instructors who teach large undergraduate courses, and who applied by Wed. Oct 15, 2014; beyond that, applications were considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Fourteen SoN faculty have applied, and two more expressed interest in informally joining the group for the discussion.
- MEETINGS: Once a month all project participants get together to participate in a one-hour exchange of ideas focused on a specific chapter from the ebook Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Brown, Rediger, and McDaniel. All project participants received an iPad mini, and a Kindle version of the ebook. We’ve asked all participants to commit to attending and actively participating in at least 5 of 7 scheduled meetings. All 7 meetings take place on Fridays, from 11:30-12:30, in rm. 1126 (Academic Programs conference rm.) on the same days as DC, that is on: Nov 21, Dec 12, Jan 9 2015, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8.
- ACTION ITEMS aka SMALL CHANGES: During the academic year, each participant has committed to selecting any four, evidence-based teaching strategies described in or inspired by the book, and implementing these small changes in the courses they teach during the 2014-15 academic year. The book includes many practically applicable ideas, all grounded in documented research findings.
- SHARING THE EXPERIENCE: During the monthly meetings, in addition to discussing the month’s reading selection from the book, the participants will share and exchange their experience of implementing each of 4 small changes in their teaching practice. What did they choose to do? How did they do it? How did it work? SoN academic technology staff will produce brief summaries of the highlights from these discussions as the project progresses, and will share those insights on this blog / website (see link next to each meeting date above, posted by Wed. following each meeting).
Please contact George Jura for more information or if you have any questions about this project.