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UPDATE: Transforming Education by Design group invites you to Spring performance of ‘Dear X’ letters

Dear X: Letters from the Classroom Reimagining undergraduate education through theater and dialogue Join the Transforming Education by Design (trED) team as we perform some of the most moving responses from our archive of hundreds of student and faculty letters to each other. Hear what it feels like to teach and learn here. Help us challenge, refine, amplify the […]

Taking the Pulse of the Class: Inviting Students’ Midterm Feedback

Week Five marks the halfway point in a course, and it is an opportune time to take the pulse of the class by hearing from students about how the class is going. Taking time to get student feedback now–rather than waiting until the end of the term–allows you to make changes and improvements that may […]

Apply Now for 2016 Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning

We invite individual applications for the third year of our popular, funded faculty group that will revise one course taught by each member, enhancing its 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 […]

The Science of Good Teaching: Program Invites Wide-Ranging Innovation

Action! It’s 2 o’clock on Monday of Week Nine. Professor of Biology Judith Eisen and Associate Professor of Chemistry Andy Berglund’s Biology/Chemistry 140: “Science, Policy, and Biology” students—just over 90 of them—are settling into pod-style tables dotting HEDCO 220. Today’s topic: genetic testing and gene modification. This is one of 21 new or significantly revised courses […]

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 […]

Revisiting Twitter as an Educational Tool

Twitter, the popular microblogging site that allows users to post 140-character “tweets,” both intrigues and irritates faculty, according to a Faculty Focus survey. Some embrace it as a clever way to teach concision and get students writing, thinking, and connecting with the course material and one another. Others consider it distracting and antithetical to sophisticated […]

Learning and Metacognition

A primary goal of university teaching is to help students learn how to engage with the content around which courses, degrees, and entire disciplines or fields of inquiry are organized. To “pass” a course, “earn” a degree, or “gain entry” into a community of scholars, students must demonstrate a certain level of mastery of knowledge […]

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 […]

Professor of the Year: Great Teaching is Within Reach

Last week the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program announced the four recipients of its annual award, one in each of the following categories: baccalaureate colleges, community colleges, doctoral and research universities, and master’s universities and colleges. In addition to the four national winners, an outstanding instructor is recognized for each state, plus the […]