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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...Read more

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Excellence in Technology-supported Teaching

When Marc Linderman wanted to teach his undergraduate students about the use and application of spatial imagery to better understand environmental and social processes, the Associate Professor of Geographical and Sustainability Studies decided to turn to the Office of Teaching, Learning &...Read more

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Off to a Good Start

The first week of class sets the tone for the entire semester, and the Center for Teaching has a number of resources and ideas for engaging students from the start.

In this month’s video from The Extraordinary Teaching Project , AmyRuth McGraw (American Sign Language and Theatre Arts)...Read more

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Canvas to Cover Campus

Technology evolves and changes around us every day. What is here now becomes past tense overnight. This is true for systems both large and small.

To explore one of these changes this summer, ten UI instructors will be piloting a new course management system called Canvas.

With...Read more

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Short, but Sweet

Summer is a time for teaching in short, intense bursts in four, six and eight week courses.

UI Journalism faculty Frank Durham teaches frequently in the summer and has learned a few things along the way.

“Converting a syllabus from a long-semester 16-week format to a compressed...Read more

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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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