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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Students to Think Critically

As part of my job here in the Teaching Effectiveness Program, I help facilitate the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club in partnership with the University of Oregon’s Science Literacy Program (SLP).  The SLP’s goal is to improve the general population’s science literacy by specifically addressing the topic in a variety of 100-level science courses.  In […]

Plagiarism: Strategies for Prevention

This is part two of a two-part article. In part one, I presented a brief overview of the problem. This week I discuss a few potential strategies for preventing plagiarism. As noted in part one, statements about academic misconduct on course syllabi are not very effective in preventing plagiarism.  In effect, they function like an End-User […]

TEATalks for Spring 2012!

Technology, Tips, and Teaching! Join us Friday afternoons for tea, snacks, and conversations with UO faculty and support consultants about working with educational technology in innovative ways. In these sessions we will showcase various faculty using technology in their classes, or present on a technology tip area of note. Some areas of demonstration will include using […]

Plagiarism: The Problem

This is the first part of an article on plagiarism and what to do about it. This week I present the problem; next week I’ll discuss some strategies to address it. It is the end of another term, and that means keyboards and printers will be working double time to churn out term papers and […]