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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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UI and Grinnell Announce Digital Bridges Initiative

During the next three years, the Center for Teaching, ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology, will partner with UI and Grinnell College faculty members to develop humanities-centered collaborations that implement digital technologies. Through a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W....Read more

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A Note from the Senior Director

The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT) debuted on July 1, 2014 when three campus support groups were merged to streamline and improve teaching support for UI faculty and TAs. The new Office now seamlessly provides teaching support from a wide range of services and systems....Read more

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Active Learning in Action

In recent years, student-centered, inquiry-guided learning has captured the imaginations of university students, instructors, and administrators in lecture halls, classrooms, and administrative offices. Across the country, courses have been reworked and classrooms redesigned for active learning...Read more

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Obermann Graduate Fellow

Heather Draxl, PhD candidate in Language, Literacy & Culture and an OTLT Student Instructional Technology Assistant (SITA), was selected to participate in the ninth-annual Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. During the Institute, Heather expanded a qualitative study...Read more

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4CAST’15 Videos Available

Faculty participants in our annual 4CAST event examine how learning technologies can help engage students and identify the educational potential of new technologies. Videos and photos of 4CAST’15 (“Who is in Control? Students as Creators, Collaborators, and Consumers of their Education”) are now...Read more


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