ChatGPT in the Classroom: An Ongoing Conversation

April 3, 2023 by CETL Staff | CETL Events

The CETL would like to thank everyone who joined our open faculty discussions about AI and ChatGPT in the classroom this past week. We are especially grateful to Dr. Erik Linstead, an expert in Machine Learning from Chapman’s Fowler School of Engineering, for providing some crucial background knowledge about AI and helping to facilitate these


Tips for the Week of April 3, 2023

March 29, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Professional Development? But I’m Already a Good Teacher!  According to Goobler (2019), most academics still receive little to no preparation for teaching in their graduate programs. And, although pedagogical coaching services and resources are available through teaching and learning centers like CETL, Mintz (2022) argues that most faculty don’t take advance of these services because


Tips for the Week of March 27, 2023

March 22, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

All Teaching Strategies Are Not Equal  In his book, The Missing Course, Goobler (2019) argues that while college is changing, the way we prepare college professors is not. Most graduate students are still trained primarily to conduct research, receiving little to no pedagogical training in their graduate programs. Think about your own pedagogical training. Although many


Tips for the Week of March 20, 2023

March 16, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Easy Active Teaching Strategies for Engaged Learning   As the Spring sunshine beckons students away from their studies and they drift into a mid-semester slump, it can be challenging to engage them in learning. “To learn, students need to DO something” (Gonzalez, 2018), which is why active learning is an important strategy in any classroom. As


Tips for the Week of March 13, 2023

March 9, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Distracted Students: Are Digital Devices the Real Challenge?  Educators today are quick to blame digital devices for distracting their students and subsequently impose policies banning devices in the classroom. But before we had digital devices, students’ attention drifted out the window, waxed and waned throughout a course or period. James Lang argues, “whenever we are


Tips for the Week of March 6, 2023

March 2, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Creating Interactive Lectures and Active Discussions  Research tells us that students are more likely to be engaged and to retain information in an active learning environment than in a purely lecture-based class. Creating interactive lectures that include active discussions encourages student engagement and helps develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills. Active class discussions also


Tips for the Week of February 27, 2023

February 23, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Massed Practice Does Not Make Perfect Research tells us that cramming, a form of Massed Practice, isn’t effective for long-term retention of information. Distributed Practice has proven to be more effective in helping students retain information. Instead of students spending long periods of time studying or practicing something they’ve just learned or right before an


Tips for the Week of February 20, 2023

February 16, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Priming Students for Success Students come to us with a wealth of preexisting knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes, which influence how they attend to, interpret, and organize new information. How they process information will, in turn, influence how they recall, think, apply, and create new knowledge. Having a sense of what students know and can


Tips for the Week of February 13, 2023

February 8, 2023 by CETL Staff | Monday Motivations

Providing Meaningful & Effective Feedback  One of the most important factors leading to students’ academic growth is the quality of feedback they receive from their instructors. Woolf (2020) and other researchers suggest that meaningful and effective feedback is 1) regular and ongoing, 2) specific and actionable, referencing aspects of a specific learning outcome or objective


Welcome back from the CETL!

February 1, 2023 by Cathy Pohan | Monday Motivations

Your colleagues at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) would like to welcome the instructional faculty back to a new term at Chapman. As the new Executive Director of CETL, I am thrilled to be working alongside Dr. Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith (Co-Director, Pedagogical Coach, and Faculty Member in Schmid College) and Dr. Melissa

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