Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Become a S.M.A.R.T. Instructor

Instead of focusing on what we can’t do, why not focus on what we can do?  From how we elicit participation and engagement, to how we write our policies, procedures, and even syllabus, we should consider the impact of our words and interaction with everyone within the institution and classroom.

This video, presented by our own Instructional Designer, Carolyn Miller, will share ideas of how to become more learning-centered in our daily and classroom practices.

Appreciative Inquiry:
A Positive Approach to Change
by Edwin C. Thomas
While the literature on change helps us to diagnose and understand resistance to change efforts and provides us with various strategies for designing processes to overcome resistance, success is still illusive.  Maybe we should try a completely different approach to change:  Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a positive way to embrace organizational change based on a simple assumption:  Every organization has something that works right—things that give life when it is most alive, effective, successful, and connected in healthy ways to its stakeholders and communities. AI begins by identifying what is positive and connecting to it in ways that heighten energy and vision for change.
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