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Building the Intentional UniversityMinerva and the Future of Higher Education$
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Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037150

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037150.001.0001

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A New Team-Teaching Approach to Structured Learning

A New Team-Teaching Approach to Structured Learning

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(p.179) 13 A New Team-Teaching Approach to Structured Learning
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Building the Intentional University
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Joshua Fost

Vicki Chandler

Kara Gardner

Allison Gale

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037150.003.0013

We review the processes and tools we use to help achieve a consistent and high-quality learning environment for our students and a pleasant and productive working environment for our faculty. Our Cornerstone courses have multiple instructors, who meet weekly, along with the development faculty for the course; we are extending this model to upper-division (sophomore year and above) courses as we grow. Extensive use of a real-time chat tool ("Slack") facilitates tight synchronization, knowledge-sharing, and team-building among our geographically distributed team. Full faculty meetings and a faculty advisory committee provide additional channels for higher-level strategic direction. The substance of the exchanges provided in these communication channels spans content, pedagogy, classroom management, and grading support. Before they begin teaching, a one-month orientation course helps all new faculty develop working relationships, become comfortable with the unique Minerva pedagogy and the digital tools we use for development, assessment, and instruction.

Keywords:   faculty roles, course development, communication tools, knowledge sharing, standardization

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