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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Butler Profs Earn a Starring Role Teaching the Teachers

"Six College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professors and their Dean, Jay Howard, are being recognized nationally for their teaching abilities." writes Butler Newsroom.

Professor Ali O’Malley is ready for her closeup. (Photo by Allie Deno)

They’ve been recorded in their classrooms for the Association of College and University Educators’ (ACUE) online Course in Effective Teaching Practices, demonstrating their skills in areas such as “Motivating Your Students” and “Delivering an Effective Lecture.” ACUE sent a video crew to Butler to videotape the professors during LAS classes this fall.

The ACUE course focuses on helping higher education faculty develop techniques, skills, and knowledge that increase student engagement, improve student motivation, and lead to better learning results. ACUE partners with colleges and universities to develop and certify faculty in effective teaching techniques.

“A couple of people associated with ACUE had picked up and read my recent book, Discussion in the College Classroom,” said Howard, who also teaches sociology. “They initially contacted me about serving as an ‘expert’ consultant on teaching practices. When I discovered they were looking for teaching exemplars as well, I offered to recommend some of the outstanding teachers in LAS.”

Assistant Professor of Psychology Alison O’Malley is featured in segments on “Developing Self-Directed Learners” and “Motivating Your Students.” Chris Wilson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences, is shown in “Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Skills” and “Delivering an Effective Lecture.” Terri Jett, Associate Professor of Political Science, demonstrates “Motivating Your Students” and “Developing Self Directed Learners.”
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Source: Butler Newsroom (blog)