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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 […]

TEATalks: Mendeley (reference manager and academic social network)

In our session last Friday Christopher Lee, Ph.D student in Lillis Business College presented on his use of the Mendeley bibliographic citation tool (Mendeley site: http://www.mendeley.com/).   Chris discussed how Mendeley works as a both a free reference manager and academic social network.   What was particularly interesting was how this tool functions as an individual research platform that also […]

Online and Blended Instruction: Benefits and Challenges

This is the second of a two-part series focusing on online and blended instructional design (for the first part see:  Online and Blended Instruction: Thoughts about Where We are (or are we?)). This writing will examine three areas of discussion focused on specific teaching and learning benefits and challenges found within online instructional design.  As […]

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 […]

Information Behaving Badly

My high school chemistry teacher had a sign by the door that read—Today, light is a … with an arrow pointing to a wheel that rotated between light and particle. The sign was there to remind us that how we understood light and it’s effects was dependent on the situation. I feel sometimes like those […]