Welcome to our March edition of “What’s happening at UCAT this month?” This post will highlight some upcoming events in March, announce our book giveaway, and detail some UCAT updates.

Authors of Teaching Interculturally to Visit Ohio State

We want to emphasize that you are teaching in and experiencing intercultural classrooms regardless of whether you want to, whether you are aware of it, and whether you think it is your responsibility or relevant to your discipline. It isn’t a choice, because human diversity… is present in every classroom, regardless of whether it is visible and whether it is solicited.

–Teaching Interculturally, Amy Lee et al. (p. 15)

This semester, we have promoted Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development as a common reading for the teaching community at Ohio State. We are pleased to welcome the book’s four authors to Ohio State for a panel conversation, followed by small group discussions.

Beyond buzzwords and platitudes, “intercultural pedagogy” is an approach to teaching that supports disciplinary learning and the inclusion of all students in the learning process. It is also, our panelists argue, necessary and overdue in higher education classrooms. But how does one commit to, practice, and refine that approach? Driven by audience questions, this panel discussion and followup small groups will address the ways that an intercultural pedagogy can be adopted as a mindset and a framework for teaching.

Here’s how you can participate:

Read: We encourage instructors to pick up a copy and read the book individually or with a partner or small group. Join our virtual community to engage in discussion with other readers.

Save the date: This common reading experience will culminate with an author visit at the Ohio Union on March 20 from 9:30-11:45 am.

We hope you will help us create a common conversation about teaching across the university and look forward to engaging with you around Teaching Interculturally!

Register here to attend.

Upcoming Events

We hope you will join us for some of our events on teaching and learning this month. Our Spring 2018 Event Registration is open for the following events:

Featured Teacher Roundtable

  • UCAT Featured Teacher Jonathan Branfman will hold a roundtable on the Pedagogy of Laughter on March 5, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. He also wrote a blog post discussing his innovative pedagogy.

Workshops, Trainings and Community Groups

UCAT will also hold a series of workshops and training events in March.

Please pre-register for any events you’d like to attend on our events page.

Write a Guest Blog Post

Have you attended a UCAT event and tried out useful new classroom techniques? We would love to hear about your experiences! If you are interested in writing a guest blog post for UCAT about your a-ha moments in the classroom, please contact Kelly Jo Fulkerson Dikuua with a 2-3 sentence summary of the proposed topic for your post. Blog posts should be between 400-1000 words. All selected contributors will receive full credit for their work and it will be featured on our social media outlets. We look forward to hearing from you!

Book Giveaway

This month, we will be giving away a copy of Peter Felton’s The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most.

Felton, Peter, et. al. (2016).  The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

The Undergraduate Experience is a guide for significantly improving student learning and institutional performance in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Written by recognized experts in undergraduate education, this book encourages college and university leaders to rethink current practices that fragment the student experience, and to focus on creating powerful, integrated undergraduate learning for all students. Drawing from their own deep experience and the latest research, the authors reveal key principles that enable institutional change and enhance student outcomes in any higher education setting. Coverage includes high-impact practices for engagement, the importance of strategic leadership, the necessity of setting and maintaining high expectations, and insight on fostering excellence through systematic planning.

Through its core themes and action principles, this book can be a valuable resource for faculty, staff, administrators, and governing boards at all types of postsecondary institutions. The book provides a practical framework for achieving excellence in undergraduate education by focusing on:

  1. Learning
  2. Relationships
  3. Expectations
  4. Alignment
  5. Improvement
  6. Leadership

The value of an undergraduate education is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and campus leaders must be able to convey the value of their institutions to students, boards, donors, and legislators. Is a college or university degree worth the increasing cost? Are today’s students academically adrift? What’s the difference between a degree and an education? Responding to these questions requires focused action by individuals and institutions. The Undergraduate Experience offers practical guidance for creating and sustaining excellence in the face of disruption and change in higher education. (Book summary from Amazon.com)

Enter the Giveaway

Also, please feel free to read our previous blog posts from book giveaways about teaching online and small teaching.

We hope you have a wonderful March and invite you to reach out to UCAT with any questions you may have about our events or scheduling individual consultations and/or class visits. We also encourage you to join our mailing list in order to stay informed of UCAT updates throughout the month. Also, please connect with us through email, on our webpage or via phone (614-292-3644). We look forward to hearing from you!