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Serious Play: Reacting to the Past at the UO

Interested, Immersed, and Invigorated: A TEP Consultant Tries Nation-building I received my packet of materials for the Reacting to the Past (RTTP) “conference” at the beginning of a busy week in October. Initially I was a bit daunted by the size of my pre-conference packet–it was a good 168 pages, not including the table of contents […]

Polling Systems: Creating Student Engagement

Clickers are not a new educational technology: the hand-held personal response devices have been commercially available for use in college classrooms since the 1990s and are now commonplace in large lecture courses;  they have been used in a wide range of disciplines to promote student interaction with the course content and each other. On the surface, […]

Revisiting Twitter as an Educational Tool

Twitter, the popular microblogging site that allows users to post 140-character “tweets,” both intrigues and irritates faculty, according to a Faculty Focus survey. Some embrace it as a clever way to teach concision and get students writing, thinking, and connecting with the course material and one another. Others consider it distracting and antithetical to sophisticated […]

TEATalks: Collaborative Applications and Collaborative Learning

In our second TEATalks meeting we focused on collaborative applications and learning.   The main area we explored was the idea of using technologies like Google Docs, word processing documents, and wikis for creating collaborative learning spaces for students. We hope to continue this collaborative learning discussion through all of our future sessions.   As part of this […]

Learning and Metacognition

A primary goal of university teaching is to help students learn how to engage with the content around which courses, degrees, and entire disciplines or fields of inquiry are organized. To “pass” a course, “earn” a degree, or “gain entry” into a community of scholars, students must demonstrate a certain level of mastery of knowledge […]

Using Twitter in Your Course

James Watkins is majoring in Public Relations at the University of Oregon and serves as the TEP Social Media Intern. Although many instructors make a conscious effort to improve classroom discussions and engage as many students as possible to participate, a variety of factors can limit their success. The material may be too complex to engage […]

The Birthday Clown on the Life Raft

Are we entertainers or educators? This post explores the increasing value of entertainment in our social discourse and how that might change our approach to teaching. Imagine this: In the aftermath of a terrible apocalyptic Cylon attack, the only people to survive are a ragtag band of college undergraduates. They’ve been given a “Life Raft” in […]

Blogging in the Academy: Ask Not What Ed Tech Can Do For You

Welcome to the TEP Blog! If you’ve made it this far, you either know what a blog is and are wondering how it might serve something like university teaching (in which case you can scoot forward a few paragraphs) or you were curious enough to check out this newish platform. So …. what is a Blog? The […]