‘21 – 22 Excellence in Teaching Fellows
Professor Cochrane serves as a senior lecturer of English and linguistics at William & Mary. During her fellowship, she will concentrate on accessibility and universal design for learning in alignment with the university’s values of belonging, flourishing, and respect.
Professor Gavaler serves as a dance professor at William & Mary. During her fellowship, she will focus on performance pedagogy and facilitate discussions about the derivation of pedagogy from artistic practice influences and how to support student learning across all disciplines.
A documented accommodation for one student removes that barrier for them, but how might everyone benefit from that same opportunity? Here are some ideas for moving from accommodations for individual students to providing access to everyone. Removing barriers to learning means more rigorous engagement from students! There will always be exceptions and individual needs to address, but fewer barriers means a fairer classroom for students and fewer adjustments for instructors….
Principles of Performance Pedagogy provide fundamental support for learning in any discipline. Performance Pedagogy values harnessing students’ pre-existing strengths and their own collection of knowledge and unique experiences. In this post I discuss different perspectives we can bring to how we engage with students….
Ultra-Short Presentations with Immediate in-Class Public Feedback to Enhance Skill Development with Low Class Time and Instructor Time (2021). Ultra-Short Presentations with Immediate in-Class Public Feedback to Enhance Skill Development with Low Class Time and...
The syllabus sets the tone for the course from the very first day — this is our opportunity to welcome all of our students! Welcoming students with disabilities reflects the William & Mary values of belonging, flourishing, and respect, but it can require reframing our stock legalistic language about accommodations….
The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) recently selected Joan Gavaler and Leslie Cochrane as the Teaching Excellence Fellows for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 academic year.
Gavaler and Cochrane will serve as the second cohort of STLI Fellows since the program’s inception. By focusing on strategic priorities for the university related to teaching and learning, the fellows will develop learning opportunities and programming for instructors across the university in collaboration with the STLI team….
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Connect with Mike Blum, Faculty Engagement Assistant Director
With more than 20 years at William & Mary, Mike's favorite type of projects are those that combine storytelling and technology. His current areas of focus are developing communities of practice and designing collaborative pathways for effective teaching and learning.