Days and times (Fall 2019): Fridays, 10:00 am –12:00 pm
Instructor: Michel Wattiaux
Credit: 2 credits (EPD 690 or Dairy Sci 875)
Satisfies requirement for Delta Certificate: Course
Do you wish to become an effective math, engineering, or science instructor, with a deep understanding of how to use international diversity as an asset rather than a liability in your classroom? If so, this course is for you, whether you are a US-born or international graduate student or post-doc. In this course, you will learn the core skills of effective and savvy teachers who can use global perspectives, varied modes of instruction, and differences in students’ expectations as tools to increase the learning of every student in their classes.
In essence, this course focuses on the challenges posed by teaching an increasingly diverse student population. Although the course places an emphasis on international instructors and international students, it is not as much about studying cultural, racial and social views as it is to learn how to take advantage of the unique perspectives of each student in our classes to engage them fully in the course content. By the end of the semester, participants who have fully engaged in the activities of this course will have gained knowledge, understanding and hands-on practical skills in creating college courses designed as effective learning environments for their students. This is a discussion-based course modeled after what is now known as “flipped-classroom” and “blended learning.”