The Showcase Videos include video interviews and more detail, depth, and perspective on the innovative approach than can be provided in the Portfolio.
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1. The Oldest Profession
Running time: 4 minutes, 16 seconds
Kathleen Saunders bases her pedagogy on the belief that teaching is not only the oldest profession in human society, but that it represents a cultural tradition of distributing knowledge and experience to the younger generation.
2. Large Lecture Writing
Running time: 4 minutes, 20 seconds
In order to ease the transition in coursework expectations between general university and upper-division classes, Kathleen Saunders focuses on a personalized evaluation process for students in her large-scale lecture courses.
3. Writing as Gatekeeper
Running time: 1 minutes, 42 seconds
Kathleen Saunders places emphasis on the cultivation of basic writing skills not only as a means to academic success, but as a "gatekeeper" for crucial social and professional skills.
4. Community Action Project
Running time: 5 minutes, 7 seconds
Kathleen Saunders utilizes a research project known as the CAP (Community Action Project) to support her pedagogical emphasis on real-life writing applications. Through the CAP. students are connected with a national network of classrooms and assigned to a letter-writing campaign in relation to a topical anthropological ethical issue.
5. Writing Benefits
Running time: 4 minutes, 34 seconds
By diversifying the content of her syllabus into coursework that emphasizes valuable problem-solving skills and social interaction, Kathleen Saunders is able to enhance and enrich the classroom experience for her students. Dynamic application of assignments also means that she can gauge feedback as it happens, and measure the effectiveness of specific exercises and projects.
Technology Note: Because the Innovative Teaching Showcase is an annual web publication, each year's set of Showcase Videos pages was designed to provide the best playback experience for the user, given available streaming video technologies at WWU in the year it was developed. Through the years, the showcase movies have become larger and sharper due to the improvement of bandwidth. Most of the movies are now hosted on YouTube and embedded into our web pages. In order to watch the movies, make sure you have access to YouTube's system requirements: