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Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute Kathryn Dimiduk

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Place in curriculum prerequisites follow-on courses co-requisites Prior years content Textbook Professors list of major topics (by name not textbook chapter) Math, computer, other skills students have or need

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Outline of course by topics Skills to be learned Novice to Expert Thinking

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University Calendar Exams How many, in class or evening Lectures How many Length Events (using class time)

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Assignments Type How often How many

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Class organization Teaching methods Content grid Topics Skills – spread out across course Thinking – guide towards more expert patterns

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Main topic Sub topics Needed skills Skills to be taught

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Main topic SubtopicNeeded skills Skills to be taught Notes Electro- statics 30% of course Charges, Conductors insulators, background Demo: electroscope, action at a distance, charging by induction Coulombs Law Electric Forces Calculus Superposition Superposition activity Gauss lawVector Calculus Symmetry to simplify Colored chalk to show structure of examples Electric potential DivergenceDemo: van der graaf generator

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Main Topic SubtopicSkills needed Skills to be taught Notes CapacitorsCapacitor energy storage - bang Circuits 10% of course Series, parallel Kirchoff Algebra Linear algebra Calculator matrix sol Error checking Group hard algebraic problem: how to check work Capacitors, resistors, inductors Conceptual checks of answers, Conceptual understanding Clicker Q

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Detailed Schedule on Calendar Days for lectures Fit grid on calendar adjustment days expand or contract content so fits as semester progresses Exams

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WeekDateLectureReadingHW 1Jan 19, 2009 Intro Charges materials Ch 1: 1-3 Jan 21Charging Coulombs Law, Ch 1: 4-5 Jan 23 Superposition & activity Ch 1:6-8 2Jan 26Gauss lawCh 2: 1-2HW 1 due Ch 1: p 4, 17, 23 and … See blackboard

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Plan whole semester in advance Hand out one of following Entire calendar One month at a time Until the next test A less detailed version Shock absorber days to adjusting timing Less important material Applications that can be added or omitted Label calendar Tentative

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Blank and sample course planning spreadsheet Course calendar for spring 2009 for MWF course and for TR course Detailed outline of this talk University information Exams Rooms Services ….

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Lets you do the planning just once Keep on track, less worry Adjust content to fit schedule chapter by chapter Dont skip last chapter(s) due to poor planning Take Notes on schedule for next time

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Clickers Real time feedback Easy to collect teaching data Students learn more effectively Questions get easier to write with practice

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Clickers Think Pair Share Minute Papers Clear – Muddy Simulations Worksheets Hands-on activities Attend active learning talk for more information

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(A) 1 hour or less (B) About 2 hours (C) 3-5 hours (D) 6 or more hours (E) Just wing it

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(A) About a day (B) About a week (C) At least a month (D) All available time and more (E) Why didnt someone tell me I was teaching before the course started?

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(A) 1 hour or less (B) 2-3 hours (C) 4-6 hours (D) 7-9 hours (E) 10 or more hours

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Course description or content or goals What are you teaching How are you teaching it Why is it important

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Basic course information Course name and number Class time and location Prerequisites Credit hours Grading options if available

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Instructor information Your name (and rank?) Your email Your office or dept. office Phone number – yours or dept. office Any contact encouragement or rules Office hours

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Other teaching staff Team teachers TA(s) Grader(s) Lab TA(s) For each give name and appropriate contact info

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Required materials Textbook Course packet Lab manual Calculator or computer or programs Other required materials

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Course Policies What do the students need to know right away What needs to be in writing Attendance rules No cheating How to hand in work

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How will the course be graded What will be graded? What weight will be given to each component? Will any grades be dropped Late policy Excused and unexcused absences What is allowed What will happen What documentation is needed

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How will the course be taught Lectures Active Learning Homework Reading Papers or reports Labs …..

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Verified Disabilities will be accommodated Tutoring through …. Extra help available through …. Office hours other

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Technology Blackboard Class website Blackboard Wiki Clickers etc

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What material will be covered in the course Tentative schedule for covering material or approximately how much of the course is on each topic When will exams be given When are major assignments due Any special events

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Components - select and add as needed Reread for tone – does the syllabus welcome the students and share the excitement of learning? Proof read – first contact with students– Errors make a poor first impression Have someone else proof read Make enough copies or post to website

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Questions?

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