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Pedagogies & Strategies


Experiential Learning

Experience Learning Resource Guide: The purpose of this resource guide is to provide the information you need as a faculty or staff member or academic advisor to be a part of Experience Learning, and to equip you to engage our students in the opportunities surrounding experiential education here at the University of Tennessee.

Risk Management Resources: This webpage provides a Risk Management Handbook, the Risk Management Cycle, Risk Identification and Assessment tables, Impact and Likelihood tables, and a risk map. All of these resources are downloadable and interactive for your personal use.

Experience Learning Course Designation SystemAs an ongoing approach to identify and promote experiential learning opportunities for our students, and as an additional way to better support our faculty who teach these courses, the University of Tennessee developed a course designation system for academic courses that include service-learning, undergraduate research, and internships.

Faculty Assessment Guides: These guides give a breakdown of what assessments are expected from the instructor and students in experiential learning contexts, when the assessments will be disseminated to the instructor/student, and the purpose of each assessment.

Assessment Toolbox: This webpage provides multiple resources to meet various assessment needs, including a direct vs. indirect assessment guide, guided reflections for service-learning, collaboration rubric, ways to choose the right assessment tools, and rubrics for experiential learning.

The What, Why & How of Role Playing in the College Classroom: This document provides an overview of role playing, which is categorized as one of the twelve types of experiential learning at UT Knoxville.

The Positive Role of Acknowledging Students’ Successes in Experiential Learning: This is a helpful roadmap to use when considering how to identify and celebrate students’ successes during an experiential learning course or opportunity. 

Introduction to Orientations & Trainings in Experiential Learning: When facilitating an experiential learning opportunity, it can sometimes be tempting to dive in to the project or activity and immediately get started. However, it is a good practice to first provide students with an orientation to the activity, community, or partner with whom they will be working. This resources provides tips to providing such opportunities. 

Considerations Before Choosing an Internship at a For-Profit Business: This document serves to help faculty empower students considering an internship with a for-profit company to understand whether or not they should be considered employees, and therefore eligible for compensation and other important employee protections, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Inclusive Teaching Practices

Inclusive Teaching Toolbox: This Inclusive Teaching Toolbox is a resource created to empower you to teach to the needs of your students, while helping learners understand the value of inclusion for their future careers. We have designed this toolbox not as a list of “tips and tricks of the trade,” but rather as a mechanism to help you think about ways that you can leverage the diversity of your students to improve the learning in your classroom.

Inclusivity in Experiential and Service-Learning Courses: This document seeks to raise considerations to help foster inclusivity and cultural competency through your experiential or service-learning course. It also identifies online resources provided by Teaching & Learning Innovation and other campus offices who can work with you to create an inclusive experience for all involved.

Assessing your Cultural Competency: Self-Reflection for Inclusive Practice in the Classroom and Beyond: This document describes the concepts of “cultural competency” and “cultural humility” as they relate to various fields. The resource also provides tips to foster your “cultural competence” as an instructor.

Addressing Implicit Bias and its Impact on Teaching & Learning: This document defines implicit bias and microaggressions, and how both phenomenon can impact the educational environment. The resource provides tips in order to address microaggressions in the classroom.

Civility & Inclusion in Online Courses: This webpage outlines tips to promote civility and inclusion in online courses.

Effective Practices in Teaching International Students: Many U.S. higher education institutions have seen increases in the number of international students. An important challenge to overcome with their increased enrollment is developing a teaching and learning experience that effectively engages and supports these students. This document aims to provide strategies in order to do so.

Inclusion: Awareness of Socioeconomic DiversityResearchers are beginning to unravel the complex cloud of cultural, psychological, and emotional aspects that hinder the wellbeing and higher education success of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and are suggesting educational and student support actions to assist students with those challenges. This document outlines strategies to assist these students confront the challenges of university success. 

Interactive Lecturing

Engaging Classroom Activities: This webpage provides classroom activities that foster engagement and collaboration amongst students in your course.

Evidence-based Teaching Strategies: An overview and provided additional resources on evidence-based teaching strategies, which are applicable

Information on flipped classrooms: An overview of flipped classrooms and additional resources to assist you in this teaching and learning strategy.

Ways of Lecturing Effectively: This webpage provides ways of making your lectures more engaging with students.

Reflection

Reflection Activities: This document provides reflection activities for prior knowledge about a subject/topic, cognition, metacognition, competency, and for personal growth and change.

Service-Learning

Service-Learning Course Design Guide: This guide can serve as a planning tool to guide faculty through the process of designing a service-learning course in alignment with the standards of UT’s new S course designation. Additionally, this guide can serve as a reference tool that includes helpful resources to support service-learning instructors.

Community Partnership OpportunitiesFinding the most appropriate community organization or organizations to complement your service-learning course is vital to building a meaningful and sustainable partnership. We have worked with each community organization listed on this webpage to develop an opportunity description that captures each organization’s mission and needs, as well as examples of the types of service-learning activities your students could engage in.

Service-Learning Course DesignService-learning course design can be overwhelming, but we have a number of resources that will help both inform and simplify the process on this webpage.

S-Designation: The Service-Learning (S) course designation is intended to allow departments to demonstrate alignment of proposed service-learning courses with University of Tennessee, Knoxville standards for effectiveness. This webpage provides an overview of the S-Designation application process.

 

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