A faculty, student, and staff group led by Lisa Freinkel (vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies) and Ron Bramhall (associate vice provost for academic excellence) is coming together to learn from the UO community how they experience teaching and learning here, and about our highest aspirations for undergraduate education.
You can see a short video here about their creative approaches to convening conversation about education that moves us.
Please consider writing a brief “Dear Student X” letter to tell your students—perhaps an individual student you imagine, students in a particular class, or students as a whole—something you wish you could convey. And in turn, invite your students to submit a “Dear Professor X” letter. These are anonymous and meant to prompt reflection. But your words, and those of your students, will have a longer life: they may be used in a presentation or performance, and will help direct the trED group’s ongoing work. trED already has made a theatrical performance using letters by students, and these rich, often moving documents have been used to prompt faculty conversation about undergraduate teaching at the New Faculty Luncheon in October.
The end goal of this project is to develop design principles that will guide a campus conversation about how we might revise our undergraduate core curriculum.