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Controversy on Campus: Anticipating Your Response

TEP is often asked for advice about how faculty and graduate student teachers can respond in the classroom to significant issues happening outside it–say, to local or national events that spark controversy and heighten emotions. We hope these general principles and especially our Difficult Topics/Strong Emotions/Challenging Moments packet of resources can be helpful to you. […]

Graduate Students: Consider Working with TEP Next Year

TEP seeks a graduate student teacher interested in pedagogical method and the scholarship of teaching and learning to join its staff next academic year as its Graduate Student Teacher-Scholar. As a full member of TEP’s team, the GE will observe and help lead workshops and consultations; consider ways for TEP to enhance its support for all […]

Duck In: Claim Your Seat Today!

We invite faculty to participate in Duck In, a week of class visits across the curriculum, May 15-18. This new program extends TEP’s mission to build a “connected campus-wide teaching culture,” creating a way for faculty to make a one-time offer of open seats—and for other faculty to claim them. Let’s break down some of the […]

Inclusive Teaching: Part One of Highlights from TEP’s ‘Belonging’ Series

During winter and spring 2016, TEP hosted 12 events, workshops, and reading group meetings as part of its Belonging series. The series had two aims: to guide and support faculty and GTF efforts toward inclusive teaching—conveying to all UO students that their presence matters in our classes; to help create classroom communities that are ready to address […]

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 […]

Thinking about Course Learning Objectives

As the University asks faculty to begin adding course-level learning objectives to our syllabuses, here are ideas for what these might look like, and how they can be useful to faculty and students. If you have a favorite learning objective for your course—one that really crystallized something for you, or changed your classroom practice in […]

AEI Surveys Faculty on ‘International Student Academic Needs,’ Responds to FAQs

A faculty survey created by UO’s American English Institute (AEI) explored the classroom implications of UO’s growing international student population. Distributed to all faculty in January by the Office of Communications, it garnered 223 responses representing 49 departments. The AEI, a unit of more than 100 faculty within the Department of Linguistics, is charged with offering […]

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 […]

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, […]

UO International Enrollment Continues to Rise, Units Seek to Shore Up Support

At just under 3,000 students, UO’s Fall 2013 international enrollment broke records for the ninth year running: this year’s enrollment represents a 16 percent increase from just last year, and about a 140 percent increase from five years ago, according to preliminary statistics announced at the October 28th “Serving a Growing International Student Population” meeting […]