The open classroom Initiative encourages faculty to “share” our classrooms as a way of exchanging ideas about what we at Gordon State excel at: our teaching. The shared classroom initiative would encourage discussion about our teaching by inviting each other into our classrooms to take a look at what we do on an average day—to see what we teach, how we teach, and to follow up with conversations about why we use the practices we do. Interested faculty would volunteer to open their classrooms to visitors, by appointment. This concept also applies to online courses, with virutal open classrooms.
Mid-Semester Instructional Diagnosis
Mid-Semester instructional Diagnosis is an easily implemented mid-term course evaluation conducted to solicit student feedback in the instructor’s absence by a faculty facilitator. The mid-semester diagnosis is meant to provide useful feedback to the instructor and is not to be used as an external evaluation tool. The feedback remains confidential to the instructor, the students, and the facilitator. It is entirely up to the faculty member as to whether to share the information with his or her chair or dean.
Teaching circles are small groups of faculty and staff who meet several times during the academic year to discuss, and build community around, a particular issue or approach to teaching and student learning at Gordon State College. Ideally, teaching circles consist of 4-6 members from more than one academic discipline and preferably from more than one department. While the potential for topics is limitless, a survey of the faculty suggested a number of topics which might be of special interest:
Promoting Active Learning
Motivating the Unmotivated
Promoting Academic Honesty
Teaching Hybrid Courses
Strategies for At-Risk Students