Furthering Student Excellence
Published Date 
April, 2015
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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

Video still from Sarah Vigmostad's Engaging Students Online project.

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

TILE Lite classrooms in Van Allen Hall.

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