Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


Date of this Version

Spring 2022

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The aim of this portfolio is twofold: first, the portfolio serves to provide a means for the author to reflect on and improve their approach to teaching an ACE 10 course. The Livestock on Range and Pasture course (ASCI 451/851) serves seniors and graduate students with a major and/or minor in Animal Science, Grazing Livestock Systems, Agronomy and Horticulture, or Range. Since taking over the course, the last two semesters have included students primarily from Animal Science or Agribusiness with a major or minor in Grazing Livestock Systems, respectively. This Peer Review of Teaching project evaluated student feedback from the experiential learning component of the course which was data compiled from a survey at the end of the trip. The second learning evaluation is from the lecture component of the course that incorporates the Ranch Plan Assignment and post-course survey responses. Through the portfolio process, it has allowed the author to re-evaluate course objectives, add peer-review processes, be purposeful with surveys/student evaluations, and dive into what implementations and changes can be integrated to make this course and the final project better.