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Ep 001 Introduction


the purpose of this podcast is to explore best practices in teaching and learning in higher education keeping students focused and engaged can be challenging and oftentimes frustrating sitting through long boring lectures can be difficult to follow and unlikely to leave you enthusiastic about the class or discipline with more engaging pedagogy from our professors and improve study habits from our students far more knowledge will be transferred and everyone will be happier this series we’ll explore how that can happen welcome to the teaching and learning professor well you will find interviews of college faculty staff administrators students and alumni every week topics cover all aspects of formal and informal learning in higher education the goal of this podcast is to help faculty understand the best ways to teach and for students to understand the best ways to learn your host is a teaching professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University he’s been faculty in the director of the BGSU Marine Lab since 1999 now on to the show with your host dr. Matthew L party I’ve been faculty in the director of the BGSU Marine Lab since 1999 I teach large lectures of marine biology for non-majors a small upper-level aquarium husbandry course that incorporates undergraduate research to service-learning courses a marine biology freshman orientation course and a study abroad field experience in carousel in the Southern Caribbean the BGSU Marine Lab is a 1,500 square foot facility which contains over 4,000 gallons of seawater and over 60 aquaria some of the larger systems include a 500 gallon touch tank a 1,000 gallon shark system and two coral research systems totaling one thousand gallons in the lab eight major phyla are represented in over 66 genre of marine life including CNN amis corals starfish sea urchins snails crabs octopus in macro algae as well as a wide variety of fresh and marine fish outreach is a large part of the marine biology program at BGSU the animals in the marine lab are maintained by students for class study and research projects but are also present for the appreciation of 2,000 visitors each year the Marine Lab is free to visit the public in host local school groups every Thursday morning during the academic year undergraduate research is another focus of the marine biology program at BGSU the BGSU aquatic research laboratory or ARL is a 1,450 square foot facility dedicated to fresh and saltwater aquatic research for undergraduates the ARL was recently built in response to BGSU’s strong support of undergraduate research and the prodigious growth of the marine biology program the ARL is strictly for undergraduates and not open to the public the BGSU Marine Lab has been in existence since 1963 and as an undergraduate student in the early 1990s I took courses in the marine lab and maintained the labs first corals after graduating with my bachelor’s degree I became a professional aquarist in Manteo North Carolina for a couple years I eventually returned to BGSU for graduate school and I’ve been here ever since when I took over the marine lab there were about 20 students each year who considered themselves marine biology students today we have about 200 students in the program throughout this series I’ll talk about how I grew the program through action research and data-driven decision making what I did can be easily duplicated at about any college or university and with about any program although I’m a non-tenured track faculty member I have several publications on teaching and learning my research interests include attitudes motivation metacognition and learning environments my interest span both formal and informal education and I typically look for relationships between psychosocial and motivational variables these variables are usually tested with multiple regression or path analysis and I’ve created a model that I’ve been testing it works in formal learning environments such as large and small lecture halls informal learning environments like the Marine Lab and entire programs like our marine biology program for this series I’ve invited faculty staff and students to talk about the variables I feel are most important to teaching and learning so why start a podcast well after about 10 years of giving the same marine biology lectures over and over and over I started coming back to my office and realizing that I couldn’t remember what I just told my lecture hall I was completely on autopilot and I knew something had to change my teaching evaluations were good but I was bored and my students had to be bored too I started updating my lectures every semester and I began incorporating more constructivist active learning into my large lectures and undergraduate research into my small upper-level classes constructivism is a teaching philosophy I’ll describe throughout the series and active learning refers to any learning activity in which the student participates or interacts with the learning process undergraduate research will be a reoccurring theme throughout this series over the years I’ve tried many teaching styles and techniques some have worked and many have not worked so well teaching and learning has always been a passion of mine and I believe the best way to truly learn something is to teach it to help myself learn and I began to facilitate faculty learning communities focused on teaching and learning I also conducted workshops for our Center for teaching and learning and technology and I began to formally mentor new faculty those efforts rekindled my love of teaching and learning this podcast is my newest effort to teach myself how to teach by interviewing highly-skilled professors by hearing what students want and how various pedagogy or teaching techniques are received the target audience for this series is my marine biology freshman orientation class called biology 2000 but any student faculty staff or college administrator will benefit from listening to the series I’m interviewing students on topics such as attitudes motivation metacognition active learning how to study and math literacy I am interviewing staff on topics such as undergraduate research internships scholarship career services and Learning Commons faculty are being interviewed on topics such as preparing for tenure managing graduate students non tenure track faculty writing grants publishing and faculty service ultimately I want my students to understand the best ways to study services available to them and the demands of faculty outside of teaching hopefully some faculty staff and administrators will listen to the series as well and gain a better understanding of our students I hope you enjoy this series and remember teaching is a challenge learning is forever listening to the teaching and learning professor of the dr. Matthew L Parton we like our show want to know more check out his weapon two blogs ETSU mu / teaching and learning professor and please leave a review on iTunes tune in Google Spotify stitcher or ever you retrieve your podcasts

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