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October 2016

News & Updates

In-Country Visit Dates

During our meeting in Kumasi faculty shared that January and February may be good months for members of the PBEA-PLC Team to visit you at your University.  

The purpose of the visit is to assist with the integration of the PBEA e-modules into your teaching and, as appropriate, help to improve your teaching practices.  Consider us consultants, we have no agenda other than to assist you and your program.

Our team members are happy to discuss some potential topics that you think would be beneficial as a workshop, seminar, or other professional development opportunity.  We can even be prepared to conduct Department-wide or University-wide presentations on topics agreed on by you and the visiting PLC team members.

Just a  reminder that your University will not incur any costs associated with this visit.  It will be funded through the PLC BMGF grant.  However, we will need some assistance with logistics once we are on site.

We are looking forward to this opportunity to assist you as you continue to grow your plant breeding graduate programs.

Make your contact soon:
Dr. Mike Retallick -
Dr. Greg Miller -
Dr. Judy Levings -
Courtney Clawson -


Learning & Teaching Symposium

for members of our PBEA-PLC Team 

As part of the funding to develop a Professional Learning Community, Iowa State University will be hosting a Learning & Teaching Symposium.  
The goals of the Symposium are to:
  • improve use of the PBEA E-Learning Modules and the ALAs through in-depth use of the materials and
  • improve your classroom learning & teaching strategies. 
This symposium will directly immerse you in preparing for your next academic year.   Included in the symposium are field trips, demonstrations, and lots of hands-on, minds-on work; and of course lots of fun.  Judy and Courtney will ensure the fun part. We are in the planning stage, so please share what you would like to see during this event.
Email Judy at; or Courtney at with your ideas!

Where:  Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

When:  We need to set dates!          
Follow the link to take a poll and choose which week works best for you!
We will get back to you with the results.

How:  Funding is available for two faculty members to attend from each of our partner institutions. This includes airfare, transportation, and meals & lodging while in Ames.  Other faculty members may attend at their own expense.   

You Wanted to Know...

Learner-Centered Teaching Techniques

Do you ever feel like your students are not engaged in their learning?   Maybe you wish you could add more variety into your teaching or you simply want a list of teaching techniques to use as a quick guide while lesson planning.  Dr. Gibson asked for a list of teaching techniques that allow the team in Uganda to better engage students in the classroom. The Higher Education Learner-Centered Classroom Practices offers a list of learner-centered teaching techniques to serve as a quick reference to various teaching techniques that can be used in your classroom.  Each technique is listed with a short description of what it is and how to implement it.  Some techniques also include examples of how to use the technique or possible benefits students can gain from the technique.  

The article can be found on the PBEA Professional Learning Community website or by following this link--

What is good teaching?

Good teaching and good learning are difficult to describe, yet we know good teaching when we see it, and if you are learning you know it. 

Take a look at this video clip and see what Dr. Mazur is doing in his classroom.

See if you can describe what he did to help his students learn.  How much time did he lecture?  Did the activity he use have a point?  What evidence did you observe that the students were engaged or they are learning?  What types of questions did he ask?

Share you thoughts about what good teaching looks like on the PBEA-PLC website here- and see what your colleagues think.  -

Contact the PBEA-PLC Team

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