Community Engagement Events

TFELT’s support team is leading a series of Community Engagement Sessions open to the MU community.  The purpose is twofold: to keep members of the community updated with the progress of TFELT’s work and to solicit input and feedback from the community. On this page you can access summaries of past sessions and a calendar of upcoming sessions, which will be updated regularly.

  • Upcoming Community Engagement Events, Spring 2020
  • Past Community Engagement Events

Upcoming Community Engagement Sessions, Spring 2020

Links to upcoming sessions will take you to the Teaching For Learning Center Gateway, where we encourage you to register for these conversations. Registration will also enable you to receive future communication from the T4LC on additional events and resources.

Past Community Engagement Sessions

Here you can learn more about previous efforts by TFELT to seek input and feedback on its ongoing work from members of the MU community. 

  • TFELT announcement letter from the Provost and Faculty Council
  • October 14, 2019: Meet TFELT
  • October 29, 2019: Student Government Session
  • October 31 / November 1, 2019: Dimensions of Effective Teaching
  • November 20, 2019: Definitions of Effective Teaching
  • January 14, 2020: Teaching Renewal Week Luncheon

 TFELT announcement letter from the Provost and Faculty Council

On September 19, 2019, Provost Latha Ramchand and Faculty Council Chair Clark Peters announced the formation of the Task Force for Enhancing Teaching and Learning (TFELT) to the MU community (attached here).

 October 14, 2019: Meet TFELT

Event Description

In addition to considering policy alternatives from the research literature on best practices and examples from peer and aspirant institutions, the Task Force and its team will rely on the expertise and ingenuity of our own excellent teachers. A campus-wide dialogue is necessary to consider input from faculty and staff at all levels who teach our students and will be affected directly by any policy changes. This dialogue can take a number of forms, including an online presence for the Task Force designed to share the TFELT charge and related information with the MU community. The support team has proposed a “Conversation on Evaluating and Rewarding Teaching,” to be held on October 14, to both clarify the purpose of the Task Force’s charge and invite questions, concerns, and suggestions from the campus community.

At this session, participants met members of the Task Force and the TFELT Support Team to learn more about the charge (attached here). Subsequent discussion answered participant questions and provided feedback that was passed on to TFELT at their next meeting.

Participant Outcomes

  • Participants will meet members of the Task Force and the Task Force Support Team.
  • Participants will learn about the purpose of the Task Force and their charge.
  • Participants are encouraged to ask questions, raise concerns, and provide suggestions to the Task Force.

 October 29, 2019: Student Government Session

Event Description

The Academic Affairs committee of MSA invited Dr. Mondelli to discuss initiatives in the Teaching for Learning Center. Mondelli presented on the work to date accomplished by the Task Force to Enhance Learning and Teaching. The AA committee members weighed in on the emerging dimensions that TFELT is surfacing from the literature, past MU reports, and current perspectives on the topic. (See the student leaders’ “polleverywhere.com” responses– attached here.) The presentation concluded with a general discussion of the goals of the Task Force, and the vision of students as partners to improve teaching and learning at MU.

Participant Outcomes

  • Participants will understand the goals of the TFELT project.
  • Participants will provide input to TFELT on what effective teaching is from their perspectives.

Subsequent Student Involvement

Following this session, the Teaching For Learning Center was contacted by Rachel Koch, an undergraduate student inspired to assist in TFELT’s initiative and the work of the T4LC. Rachel is currently working with Tori Mondelli to recruit a team of students who will assist in TFELT community engagement within the student community, as well as work with the T4LC on resources and programs for Effective Teaching.

 October 31 / November 1, 2019: Dimensions of Effective Teaching

Event Description

Members of the TFELT Support Team led an interactive brainstorming activity and a conversation about a model of proposed dimensions of Effective Teaching (attached here). The purpose of the model is to inform a broader definition of effective teaching and the development of policies and procedures for assessing teaching on campus. Participants provided valuable feedback on the dimensions model, resulting in important contributions that were subsequently integrated into subsequent model drafts.

Participant Outcomes

  • Participants will learn about proposed dimensions of Effective Teaching that will contribute to a broader definition and procedures for assessing teaching.
  • Participants will provide input to TFELT on these dimensions, including possible additions, clarifications or changes.

 November 20, 2019: Definitions of Effective Teaching

Event Description

Members of the TFELT Support Team led a conversation to share the latest drafts of potential definitions for Effective Teaching (attached here), along with its specific dimensions, that will inform the design of procedures and instruments for formative and summative teaching assessment. Questions and suggestions from the participants were brought back to TFELT to incorporate into a subsequent definition draft.

Participant Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Review the latest versions of work to define Effective Teaching and provide feedback.
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of TFELT’s charge, work-in-progress and plans.
  • Have an opportunity to make suggestions and voice concerns.
  • Contribute to an ongoing public dialogue about teaching in the MU community.
January 14, 2020: Teaching Renewal Week Luncheon
Event Description
At a luncheon for participants in Teaching Renewal Week 2020, Provost Latha Ramchand and TFELT co-chairs Casandra Harper Morris and Brian Houston introduced TFELT and its charge.  Members of the TFELT Support Team then presented a provisional definition for Effective Teaching, along with a graphic representation of its foundations and dimensions that will inform the assessment, support and recognition of teaching on campus (attached here). Attendees then engaged in an activity to brainstorm elements of an emerging new rubric for summative assessment of teaching through classroom observations (attached here).  Questions and suggestions from the participants were brought back to TFELT to incorporate into subsequent rubric drafts.
Participant Outcomes
Participants will:
  • Learn about the formation and charge of TFELT.
  • Learn about a provisional definition and dimensions of Effective Teaching for the MU campus.
  • Participate in the construction of a new classroom observation rubric for summative teaching assessment

 

February 5 and 6, 2020: Developing a Rubric for Formative Assessment

Event Description

Members of the TFELT Support Team led conversations to share the details of a Spring 2020 pilot program – “Show-me Mizzou Teaching Partners” – for formative assessment of teaching designed to provide instructors with confidential feedback for professional development, along with the latest draft of a potential rubric instrument for Effective Teaching to be used in classroom observations aimed at formative assessment (attached here). Questions and suggestions from the participants were used to revise the current draft of the rubric, and will also inform the development of a similar rubric for summative assessment of teaching.

 

Participant Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Review the latest versions of work to define Effective Teaching and provide feedback.
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of TFELT’s charge, work-in-progress and plans.
  • Have an opportunity to make suggestions and voice concerns.
  • Contribute to an ongoing public dialogue about teaching in the MU community.