October 12, 2010
Responding to Students in Emotional Distress
Many college students experience emotional distress as they learn to cope with new responsibilities, academic and financial pressures, expanding independence and social demands, and separation from their home. When should faculty or staff be concerned that this emotional distress has escalated to a dangerous level? What is the most appropriate response to students who express emotional distress in your class or in personal interactions with you?
Counseling and Wellness Services has prepared a web page with tips for faculty and staff on how to help students in crisis: http://www.uwf.edu/cws/selfhelp/Tips%20for%20Faculty%20and%20Staff.cfm
This site offers useful information for faculty and staff, including warning signs of a serious problem and guidance about how to respond. Faculty who have questions or concerns about a student are encouraged to call Counseling and Wellness Services (474-2420) for guidance on individual cases.
Thanks to April Glenn, Counseling and Wellness Services, for contributions to this teaching tip.
April 13, 2010
What is Universal Design of Instruction?
Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) is an approach to teaching that consists of a proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.
The seven principles of UDI provide a framework for faculty to use when designing or revising instruction to be responsive to diverse student learners and to minimize the need for "special" accommodations and retrofitted changes to the learning environment. UDI operates on the premise that the planning and delivery of instruction as well as the evaluation of learning can incorporate inclusive attributes that embrace diversity in learners without compromising academic standards.
Seven Principles of UDI
Information about UDI is from the University of Washington DO-IT program.
The guidelines are from The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina University.
Thanks to Vannee Cao-Nguyen, Ed.D., Assistant Director of the UWF Student Disability Resource Center for this teaching tip.
September 8, 2009
Who are these new students?
Every August, Ron Nief and Tom McBride compile and publish the Beloit College Mindset List, in which they identify key cultural experiences and current events that characterize the life experiences and “mindset” of students we will meet in our classes as entering students this fall. As Nief and McBride note on their web site, this list is a helpful reminder of the sometimes dramatic differences between the life experience and cultural expectations of entering students and faculty. Advances in technology and popular culture can create divisions between generations that can impair effective communication. Knowing about these generational differences can help faculty better understand why some examples and cultural references that worked perfectly well a few years ago now draw puzzled looks or glazed expressions.
Access the current Beloit College Mindset List at the following URL:
Note: The topic of the October 16 Faculty Friday will be Generations in the Classroom: Characteristics of New Students and Strategies to Promote Classroom Civility. Join colleagues for lunch and a discussion of strategies for coping with generational differences in the classroom.
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