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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, May 19, 2015
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: University Office Plaza room 444
Register for May. 19 in ULearn

Join the Center for Educational Innovation for Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club on May 19th 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 May we will discuss the article "Improvements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning" published in CBE-Life Sciences Education. Flipped classrooms have been shown to improve student learning when compared to traditional lecture approaches. This article begins to identify why that is the case. The authors studied a principle of the flipped classroom: that content attainment occurs before class and concept application occurs in class. They compared this approach to a general active learning approach: active content attainment occurs in class and concept application occurs out of class. They found no difference in student learning outcomes with either approach. These results allow them to hypothesize about what the critical elements are for learning in each approach. We will discuss those elements and some other interesting findings from this paper 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

New Web Home and Address

The Center’s web page will migrate to a new URL on June 1: . The change reflects the Center’s new name – Center for Educational Innovation--and makes way for continued support and resource sharing for faculty, instructors, and academic leaders as they design innovative curricula, explore research-based pedagogies, and create high quality learning environments online and in person.

Visit our TILT blog to read more about it. 

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