TLC Archives

Since 2007, Bellarmine’s Faculty Development Center staff has partnered with colleagues in over 30 colleges and universities each summer to share resources and ideas about teaching and learning. As a result of this annual teaching and learning collaboration (TLC), the Faculty Development staff send out a weekly “TLC message”.  These short, weekly messages contain a teaching tip, interesting activity, or helpful classroom strategy.   The most recent TLCs are listed below.

2018-2019 TLCs

  1. Writing a Course Description
  2. Icebreaker: Find Someone Who . . .
  3. Welcoming and Supporting Students During Office Hours
  4. Know Your Audience: The iGens Have Landed!
  5. Set Reasonable Expectations for Your Availability
  6. Teaching that Aligns with How the Brain Works
  7. Helping Students Articulate Knowledge and Skills
  8. Growth Mindset Discussion
  9. Ensuring that Students Complete Assigned Readings
  10. Ensuring Students' Prior Knowledge Helps (not Hinders) Learning
  11. Learning as a Journey
  12. Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation
  13. No Textbook--No Problem: OER is the Answer!
  14. How to Get Students to Learn from Video
  15. H5P for Creating Interactive Lessons
  16. Connecting Writing, Revision, and Thinking in the Classroom
  17. Demonstration Lectures
  18. Interactive Lectures
  19. Lecturing with Storytelling
  20. Know/Don't Know/Do Charts
  21. The Socratic Method
  22. Course Design and Discussion Boards
  23. Empowering Students When Creating Discussion Guidelines
  24. Facilitating Group Work
  25. Nearpod for Deeper Learning
  26. Recognizing & Reinforcing the Value of Groups and Collaborations
  27. Monte Carlo Quiz

2017-2018 TLCs

  1. A Simple Strategy for Collecting Mid-Semester Student Feedback
  2. Are Your Students Communicating Effectively?
  3. Blogging as a Teaching Tool
  4. Building a Better Ruler: Is it Time to Rethink Exams?
  5. Critical Thinking Teaching Guide
  6. Day One Activities
  7. Designing Interactive Lectures that Make the Most of Students' Attention Spans
  8. Forming Classroom Teams: The Student-Led Draft
  9. Inclusive Teaching
  10. Information Literacy Skills for Social Media
  11. Leveraging the First Day of Class
  12. Mid-Term Student Evaluations of Teaching
  13. Model Active Learning From or Before the First Class
  14. Playing Games in the Classroom 
  15. Processing Mid-Semester Evaluations
  16. Simple Ways to Help Students with Vocabulary Acquisition
  17. Student-Created Study Guides
  18. The First Day of Class Activity
  19. Universal Design for Learning 
  20. Using Your Course Syllabus for Learning
  21. Visit the Moon with Me!: Virtual Reality in the Classroom 

2015-2016 TLCs

  1. Assumptions about Students
  2. Teaching with Transfer in Mind
  3. Images and Music Resources
  4. Prevent Conflict in Student Groups
  5. Valuing Half-formed Thoughts
  6. Student Learning by Doing
  7. Using Background Knowledge Probes
  8. Weaving Current Events into Student Assignments
  9. How to Give Better Feedback
  10. Motivating Students to Come Prepared to Class
  11. How to Weave Creative Thinking into the Institutional Fabric  
  12. Teaching with Debate 
  13. More Than Just the Last Day of Class 
  14. Active Reading From Day One 
  15. Using SAMR to Guide Teaching with Technology 
  16. Using Bloom's Taxonomy as a Framework for Student-led Discussions
  17. Rubric Levels of Quality
  18. Becoming a Writer 
  19. How to Give Better Feedback
  20. Progress Report Journal
  21. Likes and Dislikes
  22. Quizzing
  23. Reflective Practice 
  24. Encourage Your Students to Adopt Successful Behaviors 
  25. Encouraging Students to Ask Questions 
  26. Mind Maps
  27. Negotiating Your Course Curriculum 

2014-2015 TLCs

  1. Designing Motivating Courses
  2. Effective Assignments
  3. Improve Student Learning
  4. Lecturing 15 to 90
  5. Building Relationships
  6. Quality of Sources
  7. Problem Classroom Behaviors
  8. Effective Learning Techniques
  9. Snapshot Assessment
  10. Effective Feedback
  11. Word Clouds for Sensitive Topics
  12. Student Course Evaluations
  13. Improving Class Community
  14. Needs and Formative Assessment
  15. Modeling Scholarship
  16. The Importance of Mindfulness Strategies 
  17. Reporting Out
  18. Maximizing the Performance of Informal Groups
  19. Stronger Discussion Questions
  20. Teaching with Technology
  21. Pecha Kucha Presentation Technique
  22. Annotating That Goes the Distance
  23. Design Effective Learning Activities  
  24. Use Discrepant Teaching Events to Address Students' Misconceptions
  25. High Impact Teaching Practices
  26. Cognitive Apprenticeships
  27. Test Review

2013-2014 TLCs

  1. Meeting a Class for the First Time
  2. Similar and Different
  3. Activities to Make Lectures Interactive
  4. Beyond Bloom: Expanding our ideas about learning objectives
  5. Energized Learning
  6. Active Listening: Small group activity
  7. Found Metaphors: A strategy of applied creative thinking
  8. Why Students Don’t Read: Strategies to increase student preparation for class
  9. Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Tests
  10. Protect your voice during lectures
  11. “What a Tangled Web We Weave” or Not?
  12. Did You Just Tell Us To Take Out Our Cell Phones?
  13. The WritersDiet Test: Using online diagnostics to develop student editing skills 
  14. Multiple-Choice Tests: When do you throw out a question? 
  15. 5 Tips to Help Structure Courses to Engage Students
  16. Concept Mapping
  17. Daily Quotes
  18. The Power of Tests to Teach
  19. The ‘Gallery Walk’ as a Means to Making Metacognition Transparent
  20. Identify Bottlenecks to Student Learning to Develop Improved Learning Strategies
  21. Peer and Self Evaluation of Participation in Discussion
  22. Rubrics:Our best friends
  23. Teaching with New Media
  24. How Students Can Learn From Their Mistakes
  25. Techniques to Help Students Thiink About Their Learning
  26. Dealing with Academic Dishonesty in the 21st Century
  27. Revealing Data Graphically When You’re Not an Artist
  28. Prior Knowledge Check