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

Workshops for teaching and learning excellence.

April 1, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
2520D University Capitol Centre

Micro-teaching, student engagement and more.

Center for Teaching
The Grand Vision: Unizin One Year On

In December 2014 the University of Iowa became one of ten founding member universities of Unizin, a "consortium of like-minded institutions facilitating the transition toward collaborative digital education" whose mission is to "improve the learning experience by providing an environment built on collaboration, data, standards, and scale." During the past year Unizin has grown to 22 member schools representing more than 730,000 students, with plans to add additional institutions in the coming months.
What does this mean for faculty and students at Iowa and the other member schools?

Award Sparks Innovation
Since 2002 the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA) have provided more than $1.5 million to 83 Iowa instructors and staff to explore how emerging technologies can support and enhance student learning.
From the beginning, the ITTA program has maintained a commitment to solving genuine teaching challenges rather than simply encouraging instructors to pursue the latest gadget.
"The ITTA is critical to this university...

New Early Career Instructor Initiative Launches Course Design Institute
Applications are now available for the inaugural Course Design Institute for Early-Career Faculty.  UI academic administrators, including Associate Provost for Faculty and Professor of Human Physiology Kevin Kregel, have welcomed the new effort.
The Course Design Institute is part of a larger initiative, sponsored by the ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching, to provide support for early career instructors. Participants will receive guidance and support for designing or revising a course.  

In Their Own Words: Students Tell their UI Instructors "Thanks!"
Instructors use an array of assessment strategies to gain feedback from their students, including one-minute papers, CLASSIs, class representatives, mid-semester questionnaires, and end-of-the-semester ACE forms.
And then there's the surprise feedback that comes as a note of thanks...
Dynamic Duo Helps Students Succeed
With more than 30,000 students enrolled at The University of Iowa, some face serious academic and personal challenges that can impede their academic success. And as UI instructors seek to support their students, they can find themselves unsure where to direct students who appear to need assistance.
Fortunately, Mirra Anson, Director of Academic Support and Retention (ASR), and Angie Reams, Director of Student Care and Assistance, can help both students and instructors...