Teaching

Curriculum design and course instruction are Dr. Henley’s primary responsibilities in her position with the MSU Neuroscience Program. She teaches neuroscience to a broad range of students, from freshmen to graduate students to adult learners. She utilizes evidence-based practices to provide students with the most effective environment for learning. She wants students to be capable of applying their knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to solve future problems. Active engagement with the material through the use of course activities completed with formal cooperative learning groups is incorporated into each course, whether in person or online.

Along with instruction, Dr. Henley is creating two new, one-year, fully-online transcriptable graduate certificate programs: Medical Neuroscience and Neuroscience and the Law. Each program will consist of 12 credits and be designed to meet the needs of adult learners with responsibilities outside of the classroom.

Learning Activities and Assessment – OLC

Going through this week's assignment covering learning assessments and learning activities made me realize that I blur the lines on learning activity and assessment quite a bit. I have a total of 6 course-level learning objectives for NEU 300. Two of those are...

Course Improvement – OLC

The OLC course is keeping me busy! After the learning community discussion, we began looking at rubrics for assessing our courses. MSU has a partnership with Quality Matters, so I have used that rubric before for course design and evaluation, but it was really great...

Learning Communities – OLC

We dove right in this week and covered a course aspect I feel needs improvement in my online courses - building learning community. My courses all use a discussion forum to allow students to communicate with each other about the problem set assignment. I used to have...

Online Teaching Certification – OLC

For the next 10 weeks I am going to be participating in the first course of an online teaching certification through the Online Learning Consortium. I am very excited for this professional development opportunity. I have an amazing group of teaching-focused colleagues...

Digital Syllabus!

I've been tinkering with this idea for a bit, but I finally figured out the tools to accomplish exactly what I wanted! For this semester, I have created a digital syllabus for my online graduate course. My hope is that a website-structure will allow for easier...

Reflection on Cosh (1998) – Adams Academy

This article has blown my mind. In most instances, peer observation is used as an evaluative tool, which puts power and judgement in the hands of colleagues. In some situations, this can work well. In some, it just becomes a collective way for faculty to give (perhaps unworthy) praise of each other, and in some, it is detrimental to collegiality and function of a department or unit.

Peer Observations – Adams Academy

This month in Adams Academy we are chatting about peer observations of teaching practices. This topic is quite relevant for me because we are having similar discussions in another faculty group with which I am involved.My college has established recommendations for...

Student Motivation – Adams Academy

For our October meeting, we read Svinicki, Marilla D. "Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning." Accounting Education News 33.3 (2005): 7-10. This article first discussed different types of student motivation. First (and the most welcomed by faculty) is...

Digital Portfolio – Adams Academy

As part of the Walter & Pauline Adams Academy of Instructional Excellence and Innovation, we will be curating our digital teaching portfolio. Some folks will be starting from scratch, creating a website for the first time. Others, like yours truly, already manage...

Adams Academy

I have been selected as a member of the Walter & Pauline Adams Academy of Instructional Excellence and Innovation at MSU. The program consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and academic staff who meet once a month to explore literature on teaching and...