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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.

Multicultural Inclusive Learning and Teaching

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.

Fine Tune Your Accent: Fluency

Monday, February 9th, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Walter 101
Register in ULearn

What does it really mean to speak English fluently? In this workshop, you will learn how strategic phrasing and pausing can help you be better understood by listeners.

Presenters: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko

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

Affect Matters

We asked first year students "What is the most important attribute of an effective college professor?" The emerging theme? Affective qualities were mentioned twice as often as teaching skill and ten times more often than instructor knowledge and intelligence. This week’s post offers ideas for incorporating teaching practices in line with the Top 5 student-identified attributes:

1. Caring and understanding
2. Passionate and enthusiastic
3. Friendly & personable
4. Helpful & supportive
5. Clear communicator

Visit our TILT blog to read more about it. 

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