Mary Beth Doyle, professor of education, received the College’s Community-Engaged Educator award for her commitment to building sustainable, reciprocal partnerships and enhancing student learning through community engagement in her courses. The award was presented at the Community Partner Appreciation and Award ceremony on May 5 in Dion. Her innovative courses, which tie student learning outcomes to active engagement with youth from the Burlington Boys & Girls Club ,prompt students to grapple with urgent social issues, inspire them to compassionate responses as part of their educational training, and build mutually beneficial relationships. Mary Beth also was honored for her exemplary approach to community-engaged learning at a statewide Vermont Campus Compact recognition event on April 19 at Vermont Technical College.
(posted June 2016)
My current teaching focuses on a community partnership with the Burlington Boys and Girls Club. The Club brings over 12-15 middle and high school students twice per week for after school tutoring with my undergraduate students. As an extension of this work, we are in the process of developing a 6 week summer program for the youth at the Club.
Mary Beth Doyle, professor of education/department chair, and Jim Millard, senior instructional technologist/IT, presented "Tegrity as a Platform for Student Evaluation" at the annual Tegrity User Conference in Boston, April 10. The presentation highlighted Mary Beth’s use of Tegrity as a platform for assessment and evaluation of undergraduates who are preparing to be classroom teachers. The session featured details of the students tutoring youth from the local Boys and Girls Club and the undergraduates reviewing and assessing their performance using the Bookmarking and Notes features of Tegrity. Mary Beth and Jim also discussed the many advantages of close collaboration between faculty and Instructional Technologists in the classroom.
Mary Beth Doyle, professor of education/department chair, has adapted technology from the campus “Tegrity” system in clever and innovative ways for their classrooms. So reports Susan Breeyear, technology center associate director, and Jim Millard, senior instructional technologist.
This is the college's third year with the system. Jim says its uses "run the gamut, from traditional 'lecture capture' to making recordings for 'flipped classes' to solely recording student presentations and guest lecturers.” Because Mary Beth’s classes are more interactive, she found students just weren't going back and reviewing the class recordings she made. But she was intrigued by the system's "Bookmarks & Notes" feature, and became one of the first instructors to use this feature, often adding her own comments to the class recordings.
Now she's having her student-teachers record many working sessions with children from the local Boys and Girls Club. The St. Mike's students then watch these recordings of their teaching, and use Bookmarks & Notes to evaluate their performance. Mary Beth adds her own remarks that "stick" to the recording at the appropriate location on the recording timeline. This helps both students and instructor assess incremental progress.
The Bookmarks & Notes feature has been so successful that Mary Beth is mandating their use in her class - each student is assigned an iPad from the circulating cart, with the Tegrity app installed. All notes are taken on the app - paper notes are not allowed in this class. Jim meets early on with her class and instructs students on using the technology. Mary Beth and Jim will be presenting a paper on this project at the Tegrity User Conference this year.