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Faculty reflection: A large-class instructor asks students to look around

Large-class teaching presents many challenges, which I learned firsthand last term when I taught a 170-student introduction to environmental humanities course, ENVS 203. The course is part of the core sequence required for all Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors, but also fulfills the Arts and Letters Group Requirement, which means a significant percentage of […]

Apply Now for Funded Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning

We invite individual applications for a 16-person, funded faculty group that will work to revise one of each member’s courses, enhancing their creativity, interactivity, rigor, and skill building in keeping with research on how people learn. In brief: research on teaching and learning indicates that active classes that ask students to grapple with authentic problems […]

CAS Calls for General Education ‘Renaissance,’ Invites Broad Range of Faculty Proposals

UO’s College of Arts and Sciences moved closer to its goal of driving general education reform from the grassroots up Tuesday, calling for proposals for new or redesigned courses by individuals, pairs or “clusters” of faculty. Awards range from $8,000 for individuals to $40,000 for collaborative groups, with the first of three annual rounds of […]

The Science of Good Teaching: Program Invites Wide-Ranging Innovation

Action! It’s 2 o’clock on Monday of Week Nine. Professor of Biology Judith Eisen and Associate Professor of Chemistry Andy Berglund’s Biology/Chemistry 140: “Science, Policy, and Biology” students—just over 90 of them—are settling into pod-style tables dotting HEDCO 220. Today’s topic: genetic testing and gene modification. This is one of 21 new or significantly revised courses […]

UO Faculty Define the ‘Best of Gen Ed’

At TEP’s “Best of UO General Education” event May 17th, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Ian McNeely presented telling statistics to about 40 faculty attendees: • UO has 777 group and multicultural requirement satisfying courses; more are added every term. • Calculated in terms of student credit hours, general education courses bring […]

‘Yes, And…': UO’s Freshman Interest Groups Break Boundaries, Forge Connections

One of UO’s undergraduate FIG assistants remembers the first day of his own College Connections course: “The professor began the class asking us ‘Why are you here?’” The student, now a mentor to this year’s freshmen, was surprised—indeed, why hadn’t he taken a year off? What did he want? Was he just taking the expected […]

A Shape in the Stone, an Art to the Science

Through the long lenses of digital SLR cameras, Dr. Marli Miller’s students train their eyes on the lines and colors of the natural world. Her “Geophotography” seminar, first taught in conjunction with the Geology of National Parks in Fall 2012, allows students an imaginative and aesthetic entry to the scientific study of the earth. “It’s […]

International Classroom Follow-up

In February, TEP, the American English Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences hosted a workshop on the teaching implications of the rise in UO’s international student numbers: this year the institution welcomed 2,524 students from around the world—the eighth year in a row record-setting numbers. At that event, participants voiced recommendations both for individual […]

International Classroom Workshop: Institutional Recommendations and Teaching Tips

On Friday, Feb. 1, about 45 members of the faculty, GTFs, and administrators met for the International Classroom, a panel and workshop about the teaching implications of the near doubling of UO international student numbers in just five years. “I thought the enthusiasm and reception were excellent—I’m convinced we need to hold these events regularly,” said […]

UO Welcomes Largest Ever International Cohort

In Fall 2012, the University of Oregon welcomed 2,550 international students, its largest group ever—almost double the size of its 2007 international class. These students represent more than 80 countries, but the lion’s share—just over half—are from China. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia round out the top five home nations; combined, they account for about […]