About the Coulter Faculty Commons

The Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University serves full and part-time faculty in all areas of teaching and learning.  The CFC staff works hard to provide one-stop service for our faculty.  The CFC’s staff strive to lead our faculty members through the promotion of an established blend of pedagogy, technology, and research, not only to support success in the classroom, but also professional development by designing activities and consultations that spread excitement for scholarly growth.  We want Western Carolina University faculty to know they are a part of an academic community where there are continuous open discussions and support for teaching and learning activities.  Where senior faculty remember why they first became teachers and where junior faculty seek excellence in teaching and research.  And where new faculty and graduate teaching assistants experience a wise and compassionate teaching internship or apprenticeship.

John Williams

Dr. John Williams, of WCU's Forensic Anthropology programs, will be presenting two Science of Teaching and Learning sessions at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences based on his bone trauma class, Anthropology 401. The first will be a presentation workshop on...

Improving your SAIs: Looking Ahead

Improving your SAIs: Looking Ahead The SAI—student assessment instrument—is integral to how we are evaluated here at Western. It needs little introduction. How can we look back on that SAI just handed to us by our chair or director, while looking ahead to a new term,...

How to Lead a Discussion

Be Prepared • Carefully consider your objectives for a discussion. Do you want students to apply newly learned skills, mull over new subject matter, learn to analyze arguments critically, practice synthesizing conflicting views, or relate material to their own lives?...

Designing Effective Discussion Questions

Asking Good Questions Overview A good question is both answerable and challenging. It will inspire analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and critical thinking. Below are several types of questions and suggestions about when to use which kind. Where to Begin? Begin with...

3D Pedagogy

3D Pedagogy

Exploring 3D Printing as a Tool for Pedagogy 3D printing has been making inroads especially in engineering and K12 education for a number of years, but it has become even more compelling as the price has come down. The 3DU printing facilities  in the Technology...

Student Learning Outcomes

Guidelines for Student Learning Outcomes Rules of Thumb • Avoid use of verbs such as, “demonstrate”, “know”, “recognize”, “value”, “appreciate”, etc. • Use only a single action verb per Student Learning Outcome (SLO). Use Bloom’s taxonomy for verb selection. • Three...

Alternative Assignments for Snow Days

Alternative Assignments for Snow Days “Don’t let a snow day catch you off guard!” “I’ve had to revise my syllabus twice, changing the schedule, and as a result, changing the weight of the first two exams…it’s an unfortunate start…not something that cannot be...

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