Faculty Success Stories
Faculty Success Stories profile faculty members who are engaged in innovative teaching practices in face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. Each story follows the same template in showcasing faculty work, and addresses the role of academic technology, learning goals, student and instructor perspectives, and assessment. Each story also contains a sample of the teaching practice in action – via video, screenshots, photographs, or other means.
For more information on Faculty Success Stories, contact Martin Springborg.
Nicholas Nownes, English Instructor
Describe what you are trying to accomplish with the specific project or teaching practice featured here. How does this project or practice influence student learning?
Well, what I wanted to do was not have students spend $180 on a textbook we use maybe 50% of. I just was not happy with the texts that were out there. Honestly that’s what motivated this initially. The texts could have done the job; publishers just wanted $150 for material that felt to me like it could have been used in a PhD program in professional writing. It seemed extravagant. It seems silly, and it seemed like a big ask for students to do that sort of thing. That’s what initiated this.
Christine Petrich, Health and Physical Education Instructor
I created an open educational resource for HLTH 1154, a new course that I was developing and teaching for the first time in fall 2020. It was perfect timing in that I didn’t have a preset notion of what the class would look like, how it would be delivered, or what materials would be used. This allowed me to think openly about the entire course design and development process.
Brett Kolles, English Instructor
It’s often said that misery is the mother of invention, and quite candidly, I was never satisfied with the Heavy Duty Truck Technology technical writing textbook that we used, nor was I keen on any of the other like textbooks available. I wanted to create a technical writing textbook that would blend well the academic with the practical. After interviewing many HDTT leaders in the field and online research, I was able to put together a textbook that would satisfy our enrolled program students and their future employers.
Patrice Nadeau, Medical Assistant Faculty
At the time (2010-2012), we were trying to boost enrollment – so we were trying to capture students who wouldn’t be able to participate in our program on a Monday-Thursday schedule. People like stay-at-home moms for whom trying to afford daycare and come to school was too much, or someone who couldn’t give up their daytime job in order to come to a daytime program, or distance learners who could only come to campus one day a week.
The goal for this project was to reduce the hands-on laboratory time by half. We delivered some of the lab prep online to see if students could come to campus and complete the lab in half the time (compared to traditional courses). Instead of having a guided practice lab, where instructors demonstrate and give students time to practice, and students read the materials or looked at the films and came to campus ready to go and do it. That’s exactly what we have our hybrid/online students doing every week. This reduces our visual – or need to be with them on campus – to one, two-hour session a week for each course. For scheduling, we picked Tuesdays because it’s the day of the week least likely to be have a holiday, campus event, or release day – because we couldn’t afford to lose a lab night.
Nicole Nieman, Vet Tech Program Director
There were a couple of classes that we decided that we were going to pre-record lectures for, so that the students would have a library of content that they would be able to have and to save or to use for resources and to reference. When they would get to the end of the program, they need to go back and review content for say, the imaging class (which is extremely technical). They could pull those recorded lectures back out, and they could listen to those recorded lectures and reread through that material and be able to bring it back up for study purposes.
Kathy Paukert, Medical Assistant Program Director
Describe what you are trying to accomplish with the specific project or teaching practice featured here.
To make my grading clearer – so students understand exactly how I’m grading and then come in and look at next steps. So if they get a certain grade and it’s not a passing grade then what do they do next.
This semester (fall, 2020) is just unique anyway. I am more mindful about putting more information into the section of Medical Documentation. Other semesters, students meet with me for two hours a week. Obviously this semester that didn’t happen but there were still fewer questions from students, like “What do you want on this?” “What is that supposed to look like?” “Where do I find this?” This semester, given the semester that it is, there are still fewer questions on how to navigate through an assignment.
Mary Petrie, English Instructor
IHCC English faculty member Mary Petrie talks with Randi Goettl and Martin Springborg about her application of Universal Design for Learning principles.
Lisa DuRose, English Instructor
I am currently one of the co-directors for the learning community program at IHCC. Learning communities allow students to take a combination of courses, usually around one theme. A typical learning community might combine a reading or writing course with another discipline class, such as history, psychology, sociology, or communications…..
Shane Stroup, Philosophy Instructor
As a philosopher, particularly when teaching ethics, I strive to “decenter” my students. I do this by challenging some of the longest held traditions/practices throughout Western history. We read thinkers ranging from Plato to Nietzsche to Kant. We do so not to learn simply what they argued/wrote, but more so, to see the wide range of ideals that…
Scott Sandok, Economics Instructor
My goal is to create an online course that is as engaging and supportive as my face to face classes. My goal is for student’s efforts to be on the subject, not the navigation tool. That said, I try to leverage the tool to provide as much of “baseline” feedback as possible so that students get instant validation or information to help guide them along their learning process….