Student–faculty partnerships draw on the distinct strengths that each group brings to a teaching and learning challenge. Instructors have deep disciplinary knowledge and often are experienced in their field. They know what students need to learn and what it looks like when they have done so.

That expertise is invaluable, but instructors often struggle to understand the experiences and motivations of students in their courses. Most instructors have not been undergraduates for many years and might not recall what it’s like to be a novice in the discipline they teach."

In this issue, The Toolbox explores partnering with students in teaching and learning.  Watch the promo video below to get a glimpse into this topic.

The Toolbox series, authored by Dr. Brad Garner of the Center for Learning and Innovation, features an online professional development newsletter offering innovative, learner-centered strategies for empowering college students to achieve greater success.  The newsletter is published six times a year by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Read more in The Toolbox newsletter and visit the archives to access back issues covering a wide variety of ideas and resources related to teaching and learning.

Question: How do you partner with your students in order to strengthen their learning?  Please leave a comment below.

Contributor: Dr. Brad Garner / Director of Faculty Enrichment, Center for Learning and Innovation

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