Course Description: An introduction to fundamental
concepts and basic research related to communicative behavior in
the classroom. This section also examines the nature and
methods of teaching.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of
Course Goals: Upon
completing this course, you should be able to (or have enhanced
your ability to):
1) demonstrate an understanding
of the personal and communicative nature of teaching;
2) make informed decisions about teaching choices and; and
3) evaluate teaching choices/behaviors.
IV. Course Tools:
• One required
textbook, available from Follett’s Bookstore in the Walb Student
Union and from various web-based booksellers:
P. (2005). The
joy of teaching: A practical guide for new college
instructors. Chapel Hill: University of North
Carolina Press. (ISBN: 0807856037).
• Links to required readings and other important course information will be e-mailed to course participants. Reading guides and other important information will be posted to the course web site. Accordingly, you are required to have an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web. It is expected that your e-mail account will not be set to block e-mail from me as spam and that you will check this account regularly.
V. Course Assignments: This course
will be graded on a 1000 point scale, as follows:
• Critical Reflection Paper (200 points).
This assignments will require you to critically reflect on a
teaching problems that you have identified, engaging both
relevant teaching literature and your own experience in a well
written 6 to 8 page essay. These assignments will
be introduced and described in more detail in class, as
indicated on the Course Schedule.
• Teaching Observation Papers (2
at 60 points = 120 points). These assignments will
require you to evaluate the teaching of other instructors in
terms of specific criteria in well written 2 to 4 page
essays. These assignments
will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as
indicated on the Course Schedule.
• Video of Microteaching and Self-Evaluation (140 points). This assignment will require you to produce a brief video in which you teach a lesson and a well-written 3 to 5 page critique of this teaching performance. This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as indicated on the Course Schedule.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy (140
points). This assignment will require you to
engage readings about effective teaching portfolio
statements and, in turn, reflect upon your teaching to
create an effective and appropriate teaching portfolio
statement of 1 1/2 to 2 pages. This assignment will be introduced
and described in more detail in class, as indicated on
the Course Schedule.
• Course Portfolio (300
points). This assignment will require you to
author a rationale and syllabus for a course you
would like to teach, together with a sample
assessment you would conduct in this and sample
approach you would take to a
topic in this class and a rationale for
assignment will be introduced and described in
more detail in class, as indicated on the Course
• Class contributions (100 points) You are expected to attend class. Beyond mere attendance, though, this is a participatory course. Your productive contributions to class discussions and activities are important. In addition, brief homework assignments beyond the readings will be assigned. This portion of your grade reflects my assessment of your participation in class discussions and activities and brief homework assignments. Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade for this component by 20 points. Six or more unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for the course. All that is required here is that you account for yourself for each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you won’t be able to attend a given class, you should let me know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that provides us with a written record. 2) In emergency situations where you can’t tell me in advance of your absence, it’s your responsibility to account for those absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more than two weeks afterward. 3) I reserve the right to not excuse an absence if I believe you're abusing the privilege. 4) If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, it’s your responsibility to see me after class to insure that I have recorded your presence. 5) Leaving class early without permission shall constitute an unexcused absence. 6) Use of a cell phone in class for any purpose without express prior permission from the instructor shall constitute an unexcused absence.
VI. Grading Scale: A = 930-1000; A- = 900-929; B+
= 870=899; B = 830-869; B- = 800-829; C+ = 770-799; C = 730-769;
C- = 700-729; D+ = 670-699; D = 630-669; D- = 600-629; F =
VII. Late or Missing Assignments
and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances,
assignments will not be accepted after the date and time they are
due, Failure to turn in an assignment will result in a grade of F
for the course.
VIII. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at Purdue Fort Wayne, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in parts II and III of the Purdue Fort Wayne Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.pfw.edu/committees/senate/code/>.
As Professor Carr used to say on his syllabi, “if caught cheating
or plagiarizing, a student will receive no credit for the
assignment and/or an ‘F’ for the course. Any instances of academic
dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and Vice Chancellor and
may result in expulsion from the University. Most instances of
academic dishonesty result from a combination of the last-minute
rush, poor judgment and a lack of familiarity with academic
propriety. Consult the instructor well in advance of an assignment
due date to clarify your responsibilities.”
IX. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be
given in compliance with Purdue Fort Wayne’s policy on incomplete
grades as set forth in Section 6.4 of the Purdue Fort Wayne
Academic Regulations, available online at <http://www.pfw.edu/committees/senate/regulations/grades.html>
and then only under extraordinary circumstances. If such
circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss
whether an incomplete is appropriate.
X. New Student Success Procedures: Beginning
Fall 2015 the university started new procedures for students who
want to withdraw from classes <https://www.pfw.edu/offices/sst/course-withdrawal-process/>
and for students who are on academic probation <https://www.pfw.edu/offices/sst/academic-support/
XI. Diversity Statement: In this class we subscribe
to the Purdue Fort Wayne Diversity Statement: "Purdue University
Fort Wayne is committed to creating an environment that enhances
learning by recognizing the inherent worth of all individuals at
the university. Diversity stimulates creativity, promotes the
exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. The term diversity
encompasses differences of culture, background and experience
among individuals and groups. Such differences include, but are
not necessarily limited to, differences of race, ethnicity, color,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, class,
age, and disabilities, as well as political and religious
affiliation, and socioeconomic status."
• The Writing Center, 2nd floor of Helmke Library <http://www.pfw.edu/writing/>, provides
one-on-one assistance with writing, both in person and
online. There are also links to valuable writing resources
on their web page.
• The Tutoring Center, 2nd floor of Helmke Library <http://www.pfw.edu/casa/>,
provides tutoring by appointment and other forms of learning
• Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206 <http://www.pfw.edu/offices/its/help/>, provides student e-mail accounts and web space and administers the student computing labs. Valuable computing help is available on their web site and by telephone.
• The Learning Community, 2041 Reed Road (Cor. State)
provides childcare services for students.
Additional campus services that you may find helpful are linked
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Last Updated: 28 August 2018