Volume 3 | Issue 1
January 2016
Spring events for instruction in TILE.

TILE Essentials
March 25, 2:00 - 4:30 pm &
April 1, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
134 Trowbridge Hall
Workshops for teaching and learning excellence.
- Download Center for Teaching Spring 2016 poster

New video explores research-based group work strategies


Micro-teaching, motivation and more.
ICON, ShareStream and UICapture.

ICON Overview and Content
January 12, 9:30 - 11:30 am
2523 University Capitol Centre

Center for Teaching

NYT Sparks Renewed Active-Learning Debate
Given the gravity of current national and international events, the furor sparked by a recent Op-Ed about lecturing in college classes came as something of a surprise.  
Because let's face it, it's not often that a national conversation erupts about teaching strategies in higher education-even if the discourse is launched by the Sunday New York Times.   
In her October 17, 2015 Times Op-Ed "Lecture Me.  Really," Molly Worthen argues in favor of the traditional lecture model of teaching. Worthen is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a contributing opinion writer for the Times, Slate, and other print and online media. Her piece set off a lively altercation among faculty members, administrators, and teaching center colleagues in colleges and universities across the country. Two widely read responses were written by Rice University Center for Teaching Director Joshua Eyler, and by Assistant Director Elizabeth Barre
Worthen's piece also caught the eye of several University of Iowa faculty members who offered...

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Micro-Teach for Macro Reward
Learning how to give a good presentation or to become a more confident instructor can be difficult. It takes time and practice to know how an audience experiences a presentation and to understand how to sound and appear confident and engaging. 

To help presenters see themselves more clearly, the Center for Teaching offers a service called 
"Micro-Teaching" for graduate students and post-docs who are new to teaching, who want to try out a new lesson or lecture, or who are on the job market and would like feedback on their "job talk."

Micro-teaching is a low-stress, low-stakes way to try out new classroom material or to improve lecturing skills...
One Button Studio: Click, Record and Go
Recording a great video is a lot harder than it looks. Navigating complex "gee-whiz" camera features, finding a backdrop that that doesn't include a pesky cat, controlling lighting, and capturing audio that sounds better than a submarine radio transmission can frustrate the most dedicated user.  And each of these elements requires equipment and basic expertise to blend the right elements for a great
looking and sounding video
Through a partnership between the UI Libraries and ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology, the UI campus now offers a new solution called the One Button Studio. Now that students and instructors with little or no experience can produce high-quality videos with the click of a button, recording high-quality video production has never been easier... 

Iowa Instructors Awarded $95,884 for 
Innovations in Teaching with Technology
Sponsored by the Academic Technologies Advisory Council (ATAC), the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA) fund significant and innovative projects that have the potential to improve teaching and learning throughout the University of Iowa.

This year five University of Iowa instructors were
awarded a total of $95,884 in support of their innovated approaches to teaching with technology...