Center for Teaching and Learning
The purpose of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide both structure and resources to help Harding faculty develop professionally in pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be effective teachers. By providing venues for faculty to stay current in their disciplines while nurturing their own spirit of teaching, the Center for Teaching and Learning seeks to connect the heart of teaching our students with the opportunity to actively contribute to the intellectual rigor of the university as well as to the broader academic community. In keeping with Harding’s mission, the Center seeks to strengthen teaching that will “lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.”
Upcoming Events: Presentations and Workshops
Spring Events 2021
January 21, 2021 – 12:00: Honors Contracts with Dr. James Huff and Colleagues
- Huff and his colleagues will give a presentation on mentoring students in our classes for better outcomes on Honors contracts. The presentation is timed to coincide with the approaching due date for the contracts between professors, students, and the Honors College.
February 25, 2021 – 4:00: Amy Adair and Kevin Kehl
- Adair and Dr. Kehl will discuss how to use your strengths from StrengthsFinder to your best advantage in the classroom. Many of us have taken the test and know our strengths but stop short of how to best implement them. Dr. Adair and Kehl both have spent years implementing these into their work as teachers and are eager to share their ideas with us to use in our classrooms.
March 17, 2021 – 11:00: Landry Kamden
- Kamden from the College of Pharmacy will share his innovative research on classroom assessment. This presentation received an award at the pharmacy conference in which it was originally presented, but the methods apply to any discipline.
March 31, 2021 - 12:00: Aaron Hathcock (PA)
- Stop the Bleed is a training program that aims to prepare the learner to manage bleeds prior to the arrival of EMS or in the absence of medical personnel in an emergency situation. It can be an important skill for classroom teachers to have in times of emergency. Participants will receive a Stop the Bleed
April 12, 2021, 10:00: Sarah Oropeza
- As part of the on-going efforts to help faculty development in well-being, Dr. Oropeza will present information from her expertise on healthy eating.
April 7, 2021, 10:00: Allison Parker Poster session
- Director of the Watson Center, Allison Parker will hold a workshop on effective posters for conferences, university research, etc. This informative and hands-on session will show us the design software the Center offers to help make professional presentations, whether for an upcoming conference or to display information in our own classes and departments.
Additional Collaborative Presentations:
- Collaborations with Allied Health: Presentation on the importance of Sleep and another on First Aid certification for teachers as part of the Lunch and Learn series
- The dates are still being decided for the collaboration with the health sciences, but these two presentations will support the CTL initiatives for faculty development in health and safety.
CTL: A List of Resources for the 2020 Online Transition
Harding has recently partnered with ACUE, Association of College and University Educators, and has a current cohort working together for certification in the excellence in teaching course recognized by the American Council on Education. ACUE graciously shared the following resource list for any faculty to utilize.
- Inside Higher Ed is maintaining a roundup of news updates related specifically to coronavirus.
- Educause rounds up campus responses, continuity plans, and alternative course material delivery methods on its COVID-19 coverage page.
- This crowd-sourced master list is currently tracking continuity plans for 250 institutions. Note: This source is not managed by ACUE.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education has a Facebook group focused on higher ed and coronavirus.
- ACUE has curated a Twitter list of accounts to follow, many of whom are adding to the ongoing discussion.
- NISOD has compiled a toolkit of relevant resources, including research papers, webinars and training opportunities.
- ACUE and Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health promotion and education for young adults, have partnered to release Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches for College and University Faculty to Support Student Wellbeing and Mental Health.
Chronicle of Higher Education
This collection includes short articles and advice from a respected source that helps faculty support students during the trauma of Covid-19.
Magna Commons and Monday Morning Mentor
The CTL provides a subscription to the Monday Morning Mentor, and through this time of Covid-19 most of the programs are carrying a bonus program tailored to online needs. These come out each Monday morning, but all of the programs in this series and many more helpful titles for transitioning to online teaching and learning can be found in Magna Commons. This is a digital library of videos to help with all areas of teaching, but you can easily search for sessions particularly on the online transition.
You can find the CTL subscription to the Mentor Commons along with many helpful resources in the Libguide under “Resources” on the CTL page, harding.edu/ctl.
You can also get to the Commons with the following link and your Harding login.
Keeping a Healthy Balance
The above resources are helpful for pedagogy and course development, but more and more educators are recognizing a pedagogy of the inner life as they attend to the mental and emotional needs of themselves and their students. Below are some suggested resources:
Prayer and meditation apps can be helpful guides and reminders throughout the day to stop and pray or take 5 minutes of gratitude. Many of these are available in the app store.
HU Canvas module for chair yoga
This short video features Kelly James, a local yoga instructor who has come to Harding to work with faculty and staff on ways to stretch and center as we work daily, often sitting for long periods of time behind a desk. Her video is in a Canvas module for the CTL or on the link below.
C-Mind is the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
They offer webinars and archive them for any who want to include more mindfulness practice in the classroom, either face to face or virtual.
From their website:
We envision higher education as an opportunity to cultivate deep personal and social awareness: an exploration of meaning, purpose, and values in service to our common future.
Harding alum, Laurie Swain, a licensed counselor and certified Mindfulness instructor in Searcy, has presented for the CTL before and has been helpful in sharing ways of staying healthy. She is opening a new studio across from the public library, Mindful State Yoga, and she shares the following list.
Mindful State Yoga (MSY) YouTube channel has guided breath and yoga practices offered freely. We are consistently adding content, so stay tuned with us. I will be recording and offering a few breath and meditation practices this week. Here is the link to YouTube Mindful State Yoga You are welcome to subscribe to this channel and to like MSY on Facebook and Instagram.
Tara Brach meditation for calming and inner peace: https://www.tarabrach.com/meditation-rain-fear/
Here is a Mindful article “Self Compassion practices to deepen your resilience:” Mindful article
All things self-compassion: Center For Mindful Self-Compassion
Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Mindful has created a 30 day program to support you. Check it out here: Find Calm and Nourish Resilience course
Dr. Judson Brewer is a psychiatrist, mindfulness and habit-change expert. On his YouTube channel, he is offering short videos that help us understand the science of our emotional experiences and simple tips for creating habits that will help us through. Here is a link: Dr. Jud's YouTube Channel
The Center For Healthy Minds has created a site filled with practices, resources, and articles for kids, parents, healthcare professionals and educators which is updated daily. Here is a link: Wellbeing Toolkit and Resources
Sounds True has created a Resilience in Challenging Times Care Package, regularly updated. To check it out, click here: Care Package
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. While ISSOTL requires membership for some of its resources, their journal is free and has many research-based ideas about the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Harding’s Brackett Library Libguide
The library has a libguide page with resources including journals and books to help teachers with questions about better teaching, mentoring, adjunct teaching, teaching in science classes, and many other general and specialty resources. The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Teaching Professor are both particularly helpful to get ideas for improving teaching.
The Watson Center
The Watson Center was formerly the ERC and is located on the third floor of the Thornton Building. It has an array of physical supplies for teachers, and its book resources are linked to the Brackett catalogue.
The United States Air Force
An excellent site that has many good resources including the following: Learning Theory, Learning Approaches, Curriculum Design, Teaching Methods and a collection of Resources for Teaching.