May 2018 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation Best Practices

Front row, left to right: Courtney Gegenheimer, Shahnaz Kanani, Marci Dial and Kate Baldridge-Hale; Back row, left to right: Claudine Bentham and Falecia Williams

Each month, the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team highlights topics of interest to our learning community in the West Campus Concentrate. This month is a special feature, a recap and thank you from Claudine Bentham, professor, reading and faculty fellow at the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation since June 2015.

By Claudine Bentham, Professor, Reading and Faculty Fellow

For my final feature as faculty fellow at CTLI, I wanted to pay tribute to the featured faculty members from this year’s articles. Each faculty member welcomed the CTLI team and me into her classroom and shared effective instructional strategies.

In October, we featured Shahnaz Kanani, professor, biology, who articulated how she cultivates critical thinking activities through real-world scenarios in her biology classes.

Another effective instructional practice that appeared in our November article encompassed the foundations and skills for lifelong learning. Marci Dial, professor, nursing, infused LifeMap components in her nursing curriculum and, in her interview, expressed the impact it created for her nursing students and her approach to teaching.

Next, Kate Baldridge-Hale, professor, English for Academic Purposes, was a part of our February feature and explained how she applied metacognitive strategies in her instructional activities to ensure that her students are thinking about their thinking.

Professor of Mathematics Courtney Gegenheimer completed the Foundations of Active Learning course and learned active learning strategies that she could not wait to adopt into her own instruction. Courtney facilitated an active learning activity called Quiz Quiz Trade, and she noted how it deepened student learning.

Finally, Marilyn Greaves, adjunct professor, New Student Experience, utilized our Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom for the first time to encourage her students to be divergent thinkers, using our wall-talkers, and her reaction after implementing her activity was priceless.

I personally would like to thank this year’s featured faculty members and other previous faculty members for welcoming us into your classroom and sharing your best practices.

Finally, I am enthused to share with you that, beginning next fall, I will be the faculty fellow for Teaching and Learning — Active Learning, and, as a fellow, my goal is to continue to work hand in hand with my CTLI family to cultivate more best practices as it relates to student engagement and overall … student success. Have a wonderful summer.


  • Rebecca Toole said:

    Great work, colleagues! Congratulations on all your hard work, Claudine! CTLI is lucky to have you, and so are we.

    AMMon, 14 May 2018 07:53:55 +0000Mon, 14 May 2018 07:53:55 +0000am18,7:53 am

  • Milena said:

    Taking classes for the Active Learning Certification was truly life-changing. All techniques that I learned improved my classes. As a result, my students are more engaged, motivated, and open-minded. They make connections that they never made before…

    AMMon, 14 May 2018 09:57:08 +0000Mon, 14 May 2018 09:57:08 +0000am18,9:57 am

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