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03/19/2020

Hampshire IT has created a community website with resources, how-to's, a discussion forum, and more. You can log in with your Hampshire login at cws.hampshire.edu. Look for the site called "Emergency preparation for ad-hoc remote teaching and learning" Your first time logging in you will be asked to self-enroll. Just follow the prompts!

Upcoming GIS Workshop at UMass AmherstGIS Librarian Becky Seifried will be leading a crash course on Geographic Informat...
10/09/2019
What's in a Map? A Crash-Course in GIS for the Humanities and Fine Arts

Upcoming GIS Workshop at UMass Amherst

GIS Librarian Becky Seifried will be leading a crash course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Humanities and Fine Arts at DuBois Library. The workshop is meant for both students and faculty. For more information on the November 4th workshop, go to https://libcal.library.umass.edu/event/5858392.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a catch-all term for the software that helps us create stellar maps and explore spatial patterns in our data. If you have ever used Google Maps to scope out your neighbor...

Want more information about Universal Design for Learning?
08/02/2019
UDL On Campus: Home

Want more information about Universal Design for Learning?

When it comes to learning, variability is the rule not the exception. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, and assessments as well as the policies surrounding these curricular elements with the diversity of lear...

Want to Reach All of Your Students? Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More InclusiveADVICE GUIDE from the Chronicle
07/31/2019
How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive

Want to Reach All of Your Students?
Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive
ADVICE GUIDE from the Chronicle

This comprehensive guide offers a road map to make sure your classroom interactions and course design reach all students, not just some of them.

Consider working with your students on explaining complex ideas in persuasive language for the public. See the resources...
05/14/2019
Op-Ed Writing: Tips and Tricks — The OpEd Project

Consider working with your students on explaining complex ideas in persuasive language for the public. See the resources in the Op-Ed Project

The suggestions below are simply that -- suggestions. This is not a formula, but a guide to help you as you formulate your ideas. 

‘Is It Ever OK to Lecture?’
01/21/2019
‘Is It Ever OK to Lecture?’

‘Is It Ever OK to Lecture?’

New instructors — trained in the importance of "active learning" techniques — often aren’t sure when lecturing is still a valid teaching strategy.

For the full professors among us - and perhaps for all of us.
01/08/2019
You’re a Full Professor. Now What?

For the full professors among us - and perhaps for all of us.

Here are four questions to help tenured professors turn a "midcareer slump" into a new mind-set.

A strong support of our pedagogy and narrative evaluation - focusing on the kinds of authentic work done in a field (or ...
01/04/2019
Do historians miss the ideals of assessment, as some have suggested?

A strong support of our pedagogy and narrative evaluation - focusing on the kinds of authentic work done in a field (or across fields). This article highlights some of the objectives we want students of history to learn in order to carry out a project - and it supports project-based learning.

Historians discuss efforts to evaluate student learning far beyond a grade.

Excellent advice for watching, caring, and connecting students to services without trying to take on their care!
12/29/2018
How to Help a Student in a Mental-Health Crisis

Excellent advice for watching, caring, and connecting students to services without trying to take on their care!

You’re a faculty member, not a trained counselor. But you can play a significant role in guiding a struggling student.

The high impact practices described in this piece are familiar to many of us at Hampshire.  Consider some of the suggest...
12/10/2018
Does ‘High-Impact’ Teaching Cause High-Impact Fatigue?

The high impact practices described in this piece are familiar to many of us at Hampshire. Consider some of the suggestions offered by Halonen and Dunn to preserve time and energy even as we continue to support transformative experiences for our students.

"Transformative" teaching is exhausting. Here are some suggestions on how to lessen the load.

3 Tips for the Minute Before ClassA brief  video from the Chronicle of Higher Education for the minutes before class:1) ...
10/30/2018
3 Tips for the Minutes Before Class

3 Tips for the Minute Before Class
A brief video from the Chronicle of Higher Education for the minutes before class:

1) Chat with students

2) Post the agenda

3) Create wonder

These tips are taken from “Small Changes in Teaching” by James Lang.

Looking for a way to improve your teaching? Start by working on your pre-class routine. The minutes before class begins provide a prime opportunity to set the tone for a successful lesson. Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz tells you how in this Two-Minu

The CTL has created some resources to help you develop the best collaboration with your TA or TA’s. It includes tips for...
09/05/2018
Teaching Assistants – Center for Teaching and Learning

The CTL has created some resources to help you develop the best collaboration with your TA or TA’s. It includes tips for imagining and negotiating TA roles. The “Teaching Assistants” page is under “Teaching Resources” on the CTL site.

Teaching Assistants Hampshire professors are welcome to have T.A.’s, regardless of the course level or number of years they’ve been teaching! These forms are resources for students and faculty who want suggestions for developing this practice. Recommended Strategies for Students and Faculty Thes...

This column from Chronicle Vitae includes some great classroom activities that help you find out what students already k...
08/08/2018
How to Prepare for Class Without Overpreparing

This column from Chronicle Vitae includes some great classroom activities that help you find out what students already know and what they understand from the reading. These activities also help students make connections across readings and to be prepared for class discussions.

Let go of the fantasy that you must use every minute of a strictly planned class schedule to introduce, explain, clarify, and cover.

“Once you let go of the instinct to provide exhaustive coverage, you can use the time that emerges to create opportuniti...
07/31/2018
How to Prepare for Class Without Overpreparing

“Once you let go of the instinct to provide exhaustive coverage, you can use the time that emerges to create opportunities for your students to engage with the material in class. Those opportunities represent pathways to saner levels of preparation. Your goal here is to devise, identify, test, and refine a small number of strategies that you can deploy at any moment you need them in class. They can be modified within different contexts and time frames.”

Let go of the fantasy that you must use every minute of a strictly planned class schedule to introduce, explain, clarify, and cover.

Hampshire Faculty - please share with your students.
02/28/2018
A Day at Hampshire Application

Hampshire Faculty - please share with your students.

A Day at Hampshire College ([email protected]) is a collaborative college access event that will take place in April 2017, sponsored by Hampshire Youth Connect (HYC) as a part of Hampshire’s Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program (CYL). The event will bring 40 7th grade students from th...

Christopher Tinson, professor of Africana Studies and History, will be reading from his new book, Radical Intellect: Lib...
02/05/2018
Christopher Tinson, Radical Intellect Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s | The Odyssey Bookshop

Christopher Tinson, professor of Africana Studies and History, will be reading from his new book, Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s, this Thursday, February 8th at 7:00PM at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. You can find more information at http://bit.ly/2E2DQKm, and can read a description of the book below:

"The rise of black radicalism in the 1960s was a result of both the successes and the failures of the civil rights movement.

Its victories were inspirational, but its failures to bring about structural political and economic change pushed many to look elsewhere for new strategies. During this era of intellectual ferment, the writers, editors, and activists behind the monthly magazine Liberator (1960–71) were essential contributors to the debate. In the first full-length history of the organization that produced the magazine, Christopher M. Tinson locates the Liberator as a touchstone of U.S.-based black radical thought and organizing in the 1960s. Combining radical journalism with on-the-ground activism, the magazine was dedicated to the dissemination of a range of cultural criticism aimed at spurring political activism and became the publishing home to many notable radical intellectual-activists of the period.

By mapping the history and intellectual trajectory of the Liberator and its thinkers, Tinson traces black intellectual history beyond Black Power and Black Nationalism into an internationalism that would shape radical thought for decades to come."

Our ePortfolio template is an organized support for students in tackling their Div II portfolio. Read more and see how t...
02/02/2018
What is an ePortfolio? – Center for Teaching and Learning

Our ePortfolio template is an organized support for students in tackling their Div II portfolio. Read more and see how to get your students to sign up.

Posted on February 2, 2018February 2, 2018 by Laura WenkWhat is an ePortfolio? Our ePortfolio template is an organized support for students in tackling their Div II portfolio. It is also: A more flexible system for storing and sharing their divisional work in which students can curate their work A g...

12/12/2017

Hey Faculty- Join the CTL for evaluation writing intensives from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday December 18th (Kern 202), Tuesday the 19th (FPH Lounge) and Wednesday the 20th (FPH Lounge). Come for as long or short as you would like. We'll have coffee and snacks. Come just to write in parallel with others or to share tips for getting evaluations done, etc. It would be helpful to know if you are coming, so we can have the right amount of snacks - email [email protected]. Haven't RSVP'ed and still want to stop in? Please do!

Dr. Heather Richards-Rissetto from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the first speaker to kick-off our Five Col...
12/05/2017
Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series – Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Heather Richards-Rissetto from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the first speaker to kick-off our Five College Digital Humanities speaker series on December 12th 5:00 pm in N255 at the Integrative Learning Center at UMass in Amherst MA.

Posted on December 5, 2017December 5, 2017 by Laura WenkFive College Digital Humanities Speaker Series The Five College Digital Humanities Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Richards-Rissetto from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the first speaker to kick-off our Five College?...

Check out the post on our blog about wrapping up the end of the semester smoothly. http://sites.hampshire.edu/ctl/2017/1...
11/27/2017
Wrapping up the Semester – Center for Teaching and Learning

Check out the post on our blog about wrapping up the end of the semester smoothly. http://sites.hampshire.edu/ctl/2017/11/27/wrapping-up-the-semester/

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Laura WenkWrapping up the Semester As the end of semester is rapidly approaching there are some things you can do to help it go smoothly. You can consider the ideas listed below. Add your own practices in comments section. Making sure you have communicated clear expect...

09/19/2017
Lessons from Students on Living in a Networked World – Center for Teaching and Learning

Lessons from Students on Living in a Networked World - a keynote by Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Saturday September 23rd at 10 a.m. in the Caroll Room at the Smith College Campus Center -- open to all Five College faculty.

Posted on September 19, 2017September 19, 2017 by Laura WenkLessons from Students on Living in a Networked WorldMichael Wesch is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Wesch’s work also includes media ecology and the emerging field of digital ethnography, where h...

09/14/2017
The importance of engaging prior knowledge – Center for Teaching and Learning

New learning is constructed on prior knowledge. The more we understand about what students already think, and the more we help them engage their prior understandings, the more likely they are to learn well – and the less likely they are to misinterpret the material in our courses.

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Laura WenkThe importance of engaging prior knowledge When someone asks you a question or you have a new problem to solve, the knowledge that you bring forward into your working memory to formulate an answer or explanation is the knowledge that you have already integra...

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