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Campus and National Climate: Reporting, Resources, Events

Senior UO leadership and the University Senate have reaffirmed the university’s commitment to “diversity of thought, experience, perspective, culture, and background,” condemned “all forms of discrimination,” and vowed “to work actively to protect and support all members of our campus community” (University of Oregon Leadership Statement, “Support for resolution reaffirming shared values of respect, diversity, […]

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 […]

First-Year Teaching Award Recipients Share their Insights

TEP is pleased to congratulate Erin Hunt, doctoral student in Economics, and Maggie Newton, doctoral student in Philosophy, as recipients of the Kimble First-Year Teaching Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, the award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate student instructors who have demonstrated a commitment to professional […]

UO Class of 2020 Reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me; Campus Community Joins in Year-Long Common Reading Activities

How can I get involved? Consider teaching the text. More than 35 courses across the curriculum—from Human Physiology to Writing to Dance—have already adopted the book this academic year. UO’s Common Reading Web site is a rich repository of resources on Between the World and Me, including an original teaching guide by program coordinator Sharon Kaplan […]

Inclusive Teaching: Questions for Consideration

Do I know who my students are and what assets they bring to my classroom? What efforts have I made to find out and use that information? Do my students know who I am; do they know something about my intellectual journey; do I seem interested in and available to them? Do they know how to […]

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 […]

Faculty reflection: A large-class instructor asks students to look around

Large-class teaching presents many challenges, which I learned firsthand last term when I taught a 170-student introduction to environmental humanities course, ENVS 203. The course is part of the core sequence required for all Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors, but also fulfills the Arts and Letters Group Requirement, which means a significant percentage of […]

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, […]

Connecting Students to TLC Support

One way to help your students improve their academic success in and beyond your classroom is to highlight resources available in the University Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). TLC offers academic support for all students, from the freshest of freshmen to seasoned transfer students, from strong and capable learners to those struggling simply to stay […]

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 […]