Please contact Sam Spiegel with questions about the course.
SYGN600 is designed for graduate students considering a career in academia and for interested CSM faculty or staff who want to enhance their teaching. Through the course we will focus on:
* Building awareness and application of principles of learning and teaching in a college setting.
* Enhancing your approaches to engineering learning experiences (designing and assessing instruction).
* Articulating your personal philosophy regarding teaching and learning.
* Starting you down the path to becoming a professional educator in higher education.
Teaching is an active process of guiding and aiding a student as he or she learns, thus facilitating learning. When thinking about teaching it is important to consider more than just what the teacher is saying or doing, rather, the whole learning experience should be considered. Joseph Schwab suggested four points of view when studying teaching and learning: the milieu (the school, the community, and the society); the content (the concepts); the teacher (you and how you teach); and the student (how a student learns and what motivates him/her to learn). We will focus on the teacher (you) and the learner in this course, but will reference and consider varying milieu and a few specific content applications.
This course will help you get started in thinking about the important issues and approaches to teaching in higher education. We will also work on foundational skills to help you further your abilities and understandings to be more effective in teaching. After all, one course could not address enough learning goals to tackle all that are necessary to be a highly effective teacher.
As you engage in the course consider what teachers should provide to students including, but certainly not limited to:
We will think about these as engineering learning opportunities.
Teaching as a profession requires many other additional tasks and responsibilities such as record keeping, addressing local and national policies, providing a safe environment, reporting progress, and so forth. A teacher should also consider the long range and life-long learning goals for the learner, guiding the learning experiences to be part of a larger sequence.
At the completion of the course, you will be able to:
Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide, by Felder, RM & Brent, R. March 2016, Jossey-Bass: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-92581-2
The text is available for purchase at the CSM Bookstore.
These are resources you might want to borrow or purchase. You should at least become familiar with these and the key ideas presented in each.
Understanding by Design, by Wiggins, G & McTighe, J. 2005. ASCD. ISBN: 1-4166-0224-0
How People Learn. Brain, mind, experience and school, Bransford, JD; Brown, AL; & Cockling, RR, editors. 2000. National Academy of Sciences: National Research Council: National Academy Press. ISBN 0-309-07036-8