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August Teaching Enrichment Series

Save the dates! New TA Orientation will be held on Monday, August 31 from 1-4. The Teaching Enrichment Series will be held on September 2 and 3, from 9.00am to 12.00pm. More details soon!

International TA Program Student Honored

We are delighted to announce that one of our former Grad 5105 students, Adan Silverio Murillo, has been awarded the Department of Applied Economics' Outstanding Achievement Award for his work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: University Office Plaza room 444
Register for Apr. 21 in ULearn

Join the Center for Educational Innovation for Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club on April 21st at 12:30 in Room 444 UOffP. Each month we will present a different journal article describing a pedagogical innovation that may spark some ideas for your teaching. In April we will discuss the article "Meta-Analysis of Group Learning Activities: Empirically Based Teaching Recommendations" published in Teaching of Psychology. This metareview looks at articles published about group-based collaborative learning approaches and their effect on student learning outcomes. Their analysis of the literature identified three aspects of group process that correlate with student learning. They found that 1) shorter group durations were more effective than longer durations. 2) Increased participant interdependence was associated with increased learning outcomes and, 3) formal group project presentations correlated with less learning than assignments that did not have formal group presentations. Some of these and other findings support common wisdom and previous evidence about group work. Some of these and other findings, however contradict common wisdom and previous evidence about group work. We will attempt to sort this out during the session. You do not have to read the article to benefit from attending the journal club. Bring your lunch, dessert will be served. Parking in the Gopher Lot will be validated. For a copy of the article or to attend remotely: email Christina Petersen

Facilitator: Christina Petersen, Center for Educational Innovation

Teamwork: Surviving Group Projects

Are your student teams running smoothly, or do they sometimes look like this?

Check out, created for students in response to faculty requests for a resource to help students develop teamwork skills and manage common problems that arise during course-based group projects. Using scholarly literature and extensive focus groups with students, the site sets out “Steps to Success,” dispels common myths about teamwork, addresses conflict management, and provides tools to support collaboration. Read the faculty guide on using the site.

Teaching Tips

What Makes for Great Teaching?

The semester’s first blog post asked, "What do first year students want in a college instructor?" and reported on findings from a small sample here at UMinnesota. With today's post near the end of that same term, we share Joe Hoyle’s analysis of posing a similar question to a sampling of mainly juniors. The common message: affect matters.

Visit our TILT blog to read more about it. 

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