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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 […]

GTF Orientation: Teaching Scenario Warm-Up

At Graduate Teaching Fellow Orientation September 25th, the Graduate School and TEP welcomed UO’s new GTFs. For many UO undergraduates, GTFs are the faces of academic disciplines and accessible, up-close models of what it means to be intellectually curious and an excellent student and scholar. In her opening remarks, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kassy […]

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 […]

Thinking Beyond the ‘Two Cultures’

At a recent conference on student learning outcomes and assessment, I sat at a table with some professors of natural science who were lamenting the lack of appreciation for scientific knowledge in higher education and society at large.  As an example, one observed that at a cocktail party consisting of scholars, no one would be […]

The Future of Higher Education: A Gaze Into the Crystal Ball

Concern about the future of higher education is nothing new, and recent discussions emphasize various factors ranging from the impact of information technology to the role of federal policy to the consequences of economic downturn, among numerous other considerations.  Almost all the commentaries agree that higher education is in flux, albeit there is much disparity […]