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CFD - Best Practices in Mentoring & College Teaching

Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching (BPMCT)

In collaboration with the Graduate School, this unit provides training and frameworks for mentoring, support structures, and college teaching skills development for instructors, graduate students and new faculty. The unit oversees a formal mentor-training program for new faculty and graduate students at WKU. The unit also administers a modularized training program for faculty, instructors and graduate assistants seeking to improve teaching effectiveness. Graduate Assistant Instructors (GAIs) are required to complete this training program before serving as the instructor of record in introductory courses (or a separate teacher preparation program in one's academic unit, if available).  

Curriculum Overview

The BPMCT is designed to provide beginning skills, best practices, and information to increase the likelihood of a successful teaching experience at the college level.  BPMCT requires successful completion of at least six approved learning "units," including three required online modules (worth one unit each) and three approved seminars; the online modules are accessible throughout the year, except in July or August, and the last two weeks of December. Seminars are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters.

The online modules may be completed at your own pace. Of the three approved seminars, one seminar can be substituted for an approved video and reflection paper (i.e., two seminars & one video/reflection paper will count as three seminar units).

Seminars generally average one hour in length but may be longer. Units are passed upon successful completion of an activity—not by the amount of time involved. After a total of six approved units are acquired (i.e., three passed modules and three attended seminars), enrollees are awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Program Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • be exposed to the fundamentals of good practice in college teaching
  • be able to describe specific teaching skills and WKU policies
  • be organized in their approach to teaching a particular course
  • identify activities consistent with moving students toward course learning goals
  • be aware of pitfalls and best practices for assessing student performance
  • have engaged with experienced teachers in face-to-face workshops/seminars.

Learning Units

The program comprises a series of three online modules coupled with attendance/participation in three workshops/seminars

  • Completion of 3 Online Modules (administered through a Blackboard Organization Site)
    • Organizing for Teaching (Quiz I and Assignments A and B)
    • Activities for Learning (Quiz II and Assignment C)
    • Assessment for Learning (Quiz III and Assignment D)
  • Participation in 3 Seminars, which focus on topics such as:Facilitating Discussions
    • Facilitating Discussions
    • Active Learning
    • Providing Feedback
    • Improving Lectures
    • Creating Learning Objectives
    • Increasing Student Motivation
    • Student-Centered Instruction
    • Mentorship
    • And More!
    • A list of upcoming seminars is available here

Registration

For register for the BPMCT training program, please send an email to bpmct@wku.edu.  This email should include your name, 800 number, and the name of your academic department/unit.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14