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The 'Q' Newsletter
June 2, 2016
Animated drawing of students from ACUE's Civic Learning module

Over the last two years, Michael Willard and his colleagues at Cal State LA have developed a new general education curriculum as part of the university’s commitment to civic learning. This hard work entailed redesigning courses and converting schedules from 10-week quarters into 14-week semesters.

“Now we face the equally challenging task of teaching students in a way that will help empower them to become civically engaged citizens,” Willard writes on The ‘Q’ in a post about Cal State LA’s partnership with ACUE.

Read more at The ‘Q’ to learn how Willard and Cal State LA are promoting civic learning through effective instruction. 


News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Flipping flipped classrooms. The flipped classroom is about moving the hard parts of learning into the classroom, even if that means spending class time reading silently, Derek Bruff writes. (Agile Learning)

Teaching, talking, and walking. A professor discovers unexpected teaching and learning benefits in going for walks while meeting with students during office hours. (Inside Higher Ed)

Going straight to the source. A veteran professor sets out to interview student dropouts to better understand why his institution’s graduation rates are so low. (NPR Ed)

Pop culture pedagogy. To help students fall in love with classroom content, an English instructor offers a list of strategies that integrate pop culture without sacrificing rigor. (Cult of Pedagogy)

Case study in collaboration. Cal State LA's Michael Willard writes about his experience designing, developing, and implementing a faculty development program to support the university's civic learning initiative. (The 'Q')

The Conversation. Instruction "is the core of any developmental education strategy," and effective teaching practices can lead to improved outcomes for underprepared college students, according to a new report. (The Century Foundation)

Stepping back to look ahead. Like planning for a trip, the “backward design” concept offers three relatively easy steps to help teachers plan for a unit of study, a single lesson plan, or student assignments, Todd Zakrajsek writes. (The Scholarly Teacher)

The Measuring College Learning project. The authors of Academically Adrift want to overhaul the way student learning outcomes are measured in higher education, and they want faculty to lead the effort. (Insider Higher Ed)

Current and Upcoming Events

June 2–4: ACUE and California State University, Los Angeles, are facilitating a workshop using their innovative Civic Learning module at this week's Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting in Indianapolis. At the end of the mini-institute, faculty participants will begin to create a Civic Learning assignment to take back to their own classrooms.

June 2–5: The Lilly Conference Series, which focuses on teaching and learning in higher education, continues this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland.  

June 12–15: The League for Innovation is holding its annual Learning Summit in Arizona, which includes a keynote presentation of No Greater Odds, a documentary about five community college students.

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