Wednesday, April 29, 2009

EDC Summer 2008 Resource Review

Resource Reviews from the Educational Developers Caucus

*Summer 2008*

*In this issue:*

*Book Reviews:*

Wilcox, S. (1997). /Learning from our past: The history of educational development in Canadian universities/. Occasional Papers in Higher Education, 8. Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, The University of Manitoba and The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

*Website Review:*

Successful Strategies for Teams: Team Member Handbook http://www.clemson.edu/OTEI/documents/TeamworkHandbook.pdf or http://www.clemson.edu/OTEI/resources/index.html


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*Book Review
*Wilcox, S. (1997). /Learning from our past: The history of educational development in Canadian universities/. Occasional Papers in Higher Education, 8. Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, The University of Manitoba and The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Isabeau Iqbal, Educational Developer, Centre for Teaching & Academic Growth. University of British Columbia

Wilcox's work is an account of the evolution of educational development in Canada during the time period spanning the 1960-1990s. Beautifully written, Wilcox uses personal interviews with educational developers to recount the origins and expansion of educational work. This paper, however, is more than a historical account: the author describes issues (ie. Conceptions of educational development, legitimacy of the field, roles educational developers play) that shape and influence educational development work and have direct relevance today.

I highly recommend this paper to educational developers who wish to gain a greater appreciation of the people, events, and issues that have shaped the growth of our field.

Keywords: educational development; history; Canada

*Website Review*

Successful Strategies for Teams: Team Member Handbook http://www.clemson.edu/OTEI/documents/TeamworkHandbook.pdf

or click on the title link at
http://www.clemson.edu/OTEI/resources/index.html

Submitted by Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, Clemson University

These days we commonly have students work in teams, but we do little or nothing to teach them HOW to cooperate smoothly with each other to complete a project. Targeted to undergraduate students, this new e-book teaches collaborative skills and provides tools that help teams work productively. It was written by Frances A. Kennedy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Accountancy and Legal Studies, with Linda B.
Nilson, Ph.D., Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, both at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA. Among the many team skills addressed are organizing information, generating solid contributions from team members, managing time and schedules, organizing member roles and responsibilities, planning for and running efficient meetings, solving problems with qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques, and using appropriate organizational and analysis tools.
Templates are furnished for these organizational and analytic tools, including gap analysis, the affinity diagram, project planning, the milestone chart, and the diagraph.

Educational developers can use this handbook in a least two ways: as a resource/reference for faculty to help their students work more effectively and professionally in teams and as a source of material for workshops on how to maximize student learning in team projects.

Keywords: teams, small groups, cooperative learning, collaborative learning, student projects

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