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TEATalks First Meeting: Discussing Educational Technology

Last Friday we had our first TEATalks meeting (see here for full description and listing of session offerings:  http://tep.uoregon.edu/workshops/events/year11-12/spring/TEATalks.html). The session was a fairly informal one in which instructors and graduate students discussed with us their experiences, interests, and concerns for using technology in the classroom.  I talked about my thoughts for making sure one: Reflects on […]

Online Teaching Resources for Instructors

Sometimes I’m asked if there is an easy way to stay informed about the latest research on teaching and learning – without having to find and wade through actual books or articles. Usually this request is coupled with a caveat that one is looking for information that is also practical, that is, techniques and activities […]

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 […]

Curriculum Mapping: Objectives, Assessment, and Technology

Over the last few months I have sat in on various meetings and presentations about e-portfolios, open courseware, and assessment.  Under discussion are the ways in which different technologies can help mediate across-campus open access to course objectives and assessment processes.  Out of these discussions one area that has really stood out for me is […]

Resources: Students, Technology, and Surveying the Landscape

An important question for many faculty working with Information and Educational Technology is what do students think about using technology to supplement their learning?  From here another question becomes what specific types of technology are students using in their educational and indeed their daily lives? A couple interesting survey studies have addressed these questions.  The first […]

Open Education: Free for all?

An area of growing interest in educational technology circles has been the subject of open access and education—having educational resources freely available to anyone who can access them on the web.  A couple of popular examples can be found with the MIT Open CourseWare project and iTunesU. The current EDUCAUSE Review (ER) devotes an entire issue […]

Site Visit: New York Times Learning Network

Folks always ask me where they can go to find strategies for using current events and pop culture to help their students engage in their disciplines. Before I might have given these pop-culture seekers a long list of sites and blogs to check, podcasts, to listen to, and RSS feeds they should subscribe to. And […]

Site Visit: The Assessment Toolbox

Jon Mueller, a professor of psychology at North Central College in Illinois, has developed the Authentic Assessment Toolbox. The toolbox is an online resource for instructors who want to develop authentic activities and curriculum. Authentic Assessments require students to “perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills.” For example, in a […]

Site Visit!

We’re introducing a new piece of the blog: the Site Visit! Site Visits are reviews and short annotations of web resources we think will be useful to our instructors. Our first visit is to the National Education Association’s site for Best Practices For Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.  They’ve gathered the best practices in several […]

Skill Building with Content

I often hear from instructors that students desperately need to build basic skills, but there’s no time in a ten week course to develop these skills along with all the content that needs to be covered. And besides, don’t students need basic skills before they can really work with the intellectually challenging material. But […]