Proposal Title

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Analysis of a Reflective Assignment

Proposal Abstract

In the context of a mandated course revision, this session relates how a reflective assignment was used to evaluate a course. At the end of the semester, students in Cultural Issues: ESOL were asked to list and explain ten insights/tips for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Each insight/tip was followed by a rationale and the primary course activity which served as foundation for the tip. The written assignments of 49 students (32 graduates and 17 undergraduates), were analyzed in an effort to ascertain the following: Which course activities were most cited by students? Upon which course objectives and/or principles for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students did students in the class draw in generating their ten tips? This SoTL activity, designed to improve teaching and learning, is an example of nontraditional evaluation that may be used in place of or in concert with more traditional forms such end course evaluations and anecdotal observations.

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Room 2911

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 8th, 11:00 AM Mar 8th, 11:45 AM

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Analysis of a Reflective Assignment

Room 2911

In the context of a mandated course revision, this session relates how a reflective assignment was used to evaluate a course. At the end of the semester, students in Cultural Issues: ESOL were asked to list and explain ten insights/tips for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Each insight/tip was followed by a rationale and the primary course activity which served as foundation for the tip. The written assignments of 49 students (32 graduates and 17 undergraduates), were analyzed in an effort to ascertain the following: Which course activities were most cited by students? Upon which course objectives and/or principles for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students did students in the class draw in generating their ten tips? This SoTL activity, designed to improve teaching and learning, is an example of nontraditional evaluation that may be used in place of or in concert with more traditional forms such end course evaluations and anecdotal observations.