TEP logostudent engagement « Teaching Effectiveness Program

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 […]

‘Yes, And…’: UO’s Freshman Interest Groups Break Boundaries, Forge Connections

One of UO’s undergraduate FIG assistants remembers the first day of his own College Connections course: “The professor began the class asking us ‘Why are you here?’” The student, now a mentor to this year’s freshmen, was surprised—indeed, why hadn’t he taken a year off? What did he want? Was he just taking the expected […]

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 […]

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: VoiceThread (Online content and presentation tool with voice annotations)

Last Friday, Marilyn Williams, Director of Education Secondary Instructional Service and Adjunct Instructor Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, presented on the unique tool known as VoiceThread. VoiceThread is many things,  including a presentation tool, a document sharing tool, video and image sharing tool, too. The unique thing about VoiceThread is that it simply allows individuals to add […]

TEATalks First Meeting: Discussing Educational Technology

Last Friday we had our first TEATalks meeting (see here for full description and listing of session offerings:  http://tep.uoregon.edu/workshops/events/year11-12/spring/TEATalks.html). The session was a fairly informal one in which instructors and graduate students discussed with us their experiences, interests, and concerns for using technology in the classroom.  I talked about my thoughts for making sure one: Reflects on […]

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 […]

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 […]