Digging Into the Semester
Published Date 
February, 2016
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The Grand Vision: Unizin One Year On

In December 2014 the University of Iowa became one of ten founding member universities of Unizin , a “consortium of like-minded institutions facilitating the transition toward collaborative digital education” whose mission is to “improve the learning experience by providing an environment built...Read more

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Award Sparks Innovation

Since 2002 the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA) have provided more than $1.5 million to 83 Iowa instructors and staff to explore how emerging technologies can support and enhance student learning.

In response to faculty requests for support to develop more innovative...Read more

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Course Design Institute Launched

Applications are now available for the inaugural Course Design Institute for Early-Career Faculty. UI academic administrators, including Associate Provost for Faculty and Professor of Human Physiology Kevin Kregel, have welcomed the new effort. “The Institute will be designed to assist...Read more

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In Their Own Words: Students Tell their UI Instructors “Thanks!”

Instructors use an array of assessment strategies to gain feedback from their students, including one-minute papers, CLASSIs, class representatives, mid-semester questionnaires, and end-of-the-semester ACE forms.

And then there’s the surprise feedback that comes as a note of thanks....Read more

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Dynamic Duo Helps Students Succeed

With more than 30,000 students enrolled at The University of Iowa, some face serious academic and personal challenges that can impede their academic success. And as UI instructors seek to support their students, they can find themselves unsure where to direct students who appear to need...Read more

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Liberal Education: It's a Value Proposition

The value of a liberal arts and science education has been much in the public discourse these last few years. Political and economic forces—some might say agendas—have shaped that discourse, as they have for at least the last century, particularly in the United States. But before assuming a...Read more

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Developing Critical Thinking through Peer Review

Peer review is a critical component of the life of the mind and an effective teaching strategy for nurturing students’ critical thinking skills. In our newest video for The Extraordinary Teaching Project, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Art Bettis describes how he uses peer review...Read more

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Digital Tools Inspire New Classroom Innovation and Collaboration

Each year on the Thursday before the start of spring classes, the Center for Teaching hosts the 4CAST conference (Campus Academic Strategies & Technologies) to provide UI faculty and lecturers an opportunity to share and explore new and effective teaching technologies. This year’s event, co-...Read more

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Turning a Mirror onto Ourselves: Reflecting on Teaching

Many of us start the semester inspired by the idea that our courses can help students broaden their perspectives and use their new skills and understandings to reshape the world for the better. As we dive into the middle weeks of the semester, it’s easy to lose some of that enthusiasm in a...Read more

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UI Faculty Weigh in on Controversial NYT Article

We invite our readers to offer their own insights about teaching in response to articles in the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology newsletter. The January newsletter described both a New York Times guest editorial that praised the traditional lecture approach and the counterpoint...Read more