The University of Iowa and the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology is committed to transforming education and increasing opportunities for student success by supporting projects that improve teaching and learning throughout the university.

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4CAST - Campus Academic Strategies and Technology

The Campus Academic Strategies and Technology (4CAST) event draws faculty members together in January to examine how learning technologies can be leveraged to engage students, to make connections between instructors and support staff, and to identify the educational potential of new technology.Read more
Origins of Life and the Universe students visit the Field Museum to see Sue the dinosaur.

Big Ideas Courses

Big Ideas (BI) Courses are general education courses centered on themes rather than individual disciplines. These courses are team-taught across an array of disciplines, departments, and even colleges.Read more
Course Design Institute

Course Design Institute

The Course Design Institute is a multi-day, in-person workshop for instructors who wish to learn how to design, redesign, or revise a course. The strategies explored in this institute can also be beneficial for instructors who are developing general education course proposals. Instructors accepted...Read more
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eText Pilot Project

The UI eText Pilot Project was an examination regarding whether electronic textbooks are more convenient and economical for students.Read more
Instructor Meena Khandelwal working with students during class.

Extraordinary Teaching Project

The Extraordinary Teaching Project showcases the rich array of pedagogies and teaching philosophies University of Iowa instructors incorporate into their teaching.Read more
Big Ideas Faculty Learning Community

Faculty Communities

The foundational premise of Faculty Learning Communities and Communities of Practice is that learning is socially situated. Both are convened and facilitated by faculty scholar-practitioners and contribute to teaching and learning excellence.Read more
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Game-Based Learning Faculty Institute

The Center for Teaching and ITS work with a group of UI faculty members who identify a learning need in their students and look to devise a game to help students address that learning challenge.Read more
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Handbook for Teaching Excellence

The OTLT Center for Teaching is delighted to share the new eighth edition of the Handbook for Teaching Excellence. The handbook supports instructors in navigating their teaching roles and creating meaningful learning experiences for their students. The handbook offers opportunities for reflection...Read more
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Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards

The goal of the ITTA program is to raise the level of teaching and learning at the UI by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to directly impact student success and retention.Read more