I develop a classroom that has a relaxed atmosphere and a high standard for excellence where students are actively involved in the teaching/learning process. While providing students the skills necessary to meet the course competencies, I set up classes that require students to take responsibility for their own learning and which encourage them to develop qualities not measured on most tests.
I am very interested in having students create materials for other students. During the semester, students consult course materials previously created by students and then create materials for other students. Students also also contribute their voices to academic discussions that take place on a global scale. Links to student writing can be found at Scholarly Voices.
Because one of the core abilities in each of the classes I teach is to “act responsibly,” students learn aspects of professional conduct. Sometimes, I share materials that cross my desk as a way to teach strategies that can give students success not only in class, but in other college courses as well as in their professional lives.
Although codes and policies are nice to have in place, it is even more important to have processes where students can learn the rules of academic integrity. I do understand that many students find the rules used in academia to be a foreign language. As such, I integrate lessons into my courses which provide students with the opportunity to learn the rules they need for success in the courses I teach as well as other courses.
Because I take academic integrity seriously, I am serious about teaching students what is expected of them. Furthermore, I have created Resources for Researchers which includes handouts, worksheets, tutorials, and other materials. This books and the supporting materials have been released under a Creative Commons license so that it can be used by other faculty members in their classes.
I blog about my teaching strategies and other academic issues on Etena Sacca-vajjena.