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debuts this Spring Semester as a one-credit, fully online Preparing Future Faculty course: GRAD 8200, Section 1. Participants will gather virtually to learn, share and develop strategies for cultivating learning spaces and teaching practices that support the broad range of learners enrolled in our colleges, programs and courses. Onestop registration for is graduate students and postdoctoral fellows now open. Email the course instructor, Ilene D. Alexander, with your questions.

Pedagogical Journal Club

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: University Office Plaza room 444
Register for Dec. 16 in ULearn

Join us for the pedagogical journal club on December 16 where we will discuss the recently published article "The Teaching Practices Inventory: A New Tool for Characterizing College and University Teaching in Mathematics and Science". The lead author is Carl Wieman, Nobel prize winner for physics, Chair of the Board on Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences, and professor of Physics at Stanford University. The article outlines multiple specific practices that support student learning and teaching effectiveness, referencing the literature that supports each practice. This inventory can be used to assess teaching at the level of a department or college or can be used as a best-practice guide for individual instructors. You do not have to read the article to benefit from the journal club. Bring your lunch; dessert (and coffee, and tea) will be served.

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

Seeing and Doing Things Differently

For this week we’re sharing a series of posts that explore Craig Nelson’s 2010 article taking on dysfunctional illusions of rigor that “make it difficult to see and do things differently.” On Friday we’ll briefly link these to the June 2014 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences meta-study published as “Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

Visit our TILT blog to also find links to other Fall '14 posts

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