[NOTE: If you were unable to attend, WBGU taped the presentation and it can be viewed via the DVSS. After authentication with BGSU login, search for "The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well."]
Here are some brief highlights from Dr. Fink's keynote:
- The iceberg metaphor for teaching: Above the surface - what and how we teach; Below (hidden) - how we gear up and who we are as professionals
- Focus not on "just teaching," but on "teaching well"
- If we want to experience the deep joy and fulfill the responsibility to students and society at large, we are going to have to rethink what we do and how we are doing it
- Group tests on "readiness assurance" -- after an introductory reading; used for feedback; small grade received by all; learning from each other in preparation for next phase(s) of learning (part of his "Creating Significant Learning Experiences" book)
- Jet Blue's reservation specialists (many whom are housewives working from home) get 4 hours of professional development each month... "isn't college teaching at least as important as airline reservations?"
- It's an exciting, challenging journey, with lots of bumps, but it's well worth it!
For more information on Dr. Fink and his work:
- Many of his publications are available full text online at his Publications link.
- University of Oklahoma's Instructional Development Program