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Honors at Iowa

If you have ever wondered what constitutes “honors education,” you would not be alone. Even though framing courses specifically for high-achieving—“honors”—students began in the United States in the 1920s, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) did not craft a formal definition until 2013...Read more

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Stretching Our Students

By Wayne Jacobson, Director, The University of Iowa Office of Assessment

The 2014 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey of all UI undergraduates provides several insights into the campus climate for diversity. Findings suggest both that students’ time at UI supports...Read more

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Strategies for Ongoing Assessment

As the final month of the semester begins, instructors and students begin to worry about the many assignments, projects, papers, lab reports, presentations, quizzes, exams, and grading that must be accomplished before the end of Finals Week. The following strategies for mid-semester assessment...Read more

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Cultivating Student Motivation

How do you respond when a student asks whether the day’s activity or discussion “will be on the exam”?

It might be encouraging to recognize that the question at least demonstrates the student’s extrinsic motivation to learn course material. As UI Director of Assessment Wayne Jacobson...Read more

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New Video on Engaging Students Online

This month's new release for The Extraordinary Teaching Project features Assistant Professor Sarah Vigmostad (Biomedical Engineering) describing how she fosters authentic learning and encourages collaborative learning across distances in her flipped online course. The Extraordinary Teaching...Read more

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New TILE Classrooms

Two new TILE-Lite classrooms will join the UI general assignment classroom pool for fall 2015. The new spaces will support student-centered, active-learning TILE pedagogy that will not depend on the more robust technology in classic TILE rooms such as 350 Van Allen and Library 1140 and 1022....Read more

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We've Got Game: Game-Based Learning at Iowa

As instructors who use “Jeopardy” in their classes can attest, game-based learning (GBL) strategies can be an engaging and effective way to help students learn.

Well-designed game-based teaching strategies are more than just “fun and games”—research indicates that they can provide a...Read more

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Student-Focused Changes in UI Classroom

The University of Iowa’s General Assignment Classrooms have seen more student-focused improvements in recent years, thanks to a joint partnership between the Office of the Registrar and ITS Office of Teaching Learning & Technology (OTLT). Beginning in 2012, Teaching and Learning Technologies...Read more

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Nurturing Faculty—TA Partnerships

In larger classes, TAs are often the “face” of the course, spending the most time with students and fielding difficult questions not only about course content but also grading. Rather than being supplemental to student success, a TA-led discussion section may make the difference between a...Read more

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The Extraordinary Teaching Project

The Center for Teaching is launching a new corner of the ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology web site to showcase some of the most innovative teaching happening every day at The University of Iowa. "The Extraordinary Teaching Project" includes video clips of instructors describing...Read more


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