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Teaching Showcase: Transforming the Large-Lecture Student Experience

On Monday September 14 the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology will host the second University of Iowa Teaching Showcase. This year’s event will highlight the teaching and scholarly collaborations between OTLT Center for Teaching staff and UI faculty members involved in the multi-year Large-Lecture Transformation Project.  Funded by a Student Success grant from the Office of the Provost, the LLT project has incorporated and assessed teaching strategies that actively engage students in large-lecture courses.

Three large-lecture courses participated in the project:  Introduction to Environmental Science, and Media History and Culture (both in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), and Electrical Circuits (College of Engineering). All three courses have traditionally been taught as content-delivery lectures in auditorium settings.  Although still taught in auditoriums, the transformed courses adopted a variety of evidence-based best pedagogical practices to achieve specific goals defined at the beginning of the transformation process.

In addition to making substantial changes in course content and classroom strategies, the faculty and Center for Teaching staff also assessed the effectiveness of the transformations, particularly the impact on student learning outcomes and engagement.  The assessment results indicate that students in the transformed courses engaged in course material significantly more effectively, were more satisfied with their course experience, and achieved higher learning outcomes than the students in the traditional lecture format course.

To learn more about the Large-Lecture Transformation Project, please join the LLT faculty members, UI administrators, and OTLT staff members for the 2015 UI Teaching Showcase, which will include brief presentations about the three courses and opportunities to discuss the project outcomes and how they could be incorporated into other UI courses.  Lunch will be provided. 

Teaching Showcase
September 14, 10:00 - 1:00pm
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