Choosing the Best Approach for Small Group Work

Do you feel like you could use student group work more effectively in your courses?  Faculty Focus just published an interesting article entitled “Choosing the Best Approach for Small Group Work.”  The article discusses three forms of group work: cooperative learning, collaborative learning, and reciprocal peer teaching.

Click on the link below to read the article:

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Polleverywhere Now Supports Google Slides and PowerPoint on the iPad

PollEverywhere Google Slides Add-in

PollEverywhere Google Slides Add-in

You can now embed PollEverywhere questions within Google Slides via a Chrome browser extension. Or if you use PowerPoint, you can download the free PowerPoint add-in and use PollEverwhere within your PowerPoint slides. If you use PowerPoint on the iPad, PollEverywhere Polling is built in!

Use PollEveryWhere Polls with PowerPoint on the iPad

Contact us in the Center for Teaching and Learning if you have questions or would like to learn more.

UVU Great Teachers Summit Oct. 15-17, 2015

Utah Valley University (UVU) is sponsoring the 2015 Great Teachers’ Summit on Oct. 15-17, 2015 at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah.  Cost: $350.

The Great Teachers Summit (GTS) is a unique peer-to-peer faculty development seminar. The Great Teachers Summit is designed to bring together a diverse group of college educators, representing a wide variety of subject matter areas for:

  • The celebration of good teaching
  • The stimulation of creative problem solving
  • The exploration of new ideas
  • The renewal of self: professionally and personally

College educators share ideas and insights into improvement of teaching skills is essential to the success of the Summit. Come prepared to discuss a technique or strategy that has worked well for you and an instructional problem that you are still seeking solutions to. If you are willing, you may also prepare a presentation of a particularly effective instructional activity or device. And bring a book that has influenced your life and/or teaching.

Click on the following links for more information:


2015 Great Teachers¹ Summit Preliminary Agenda

If you are interested in attending this conference, please email Bruce Harris at by Sep. 17, 2015 and he will contact the appropriate people at UVU.

Webinar on Fostering Plagiarism Awareness

Turnitin (an Internet-based plagiarism-prevention application–DSU has a site license) is sponsoring a free webinar entitled “Color Me Bad”?: Fostering Plagiarism Awareness.”

“Students are often unaware of what constitutes plagiarism. The Plagiarism Spectrum was designed to help students see how plagiarism is defined and can take form. The spectrum outlines the 10 most common types of plagiarism with easy to remember digital monikers. Having students review their Turnitin Originality Reports using the Plagiarism Spectrum can be an effective approach to educating students about what plagiarism looks like and to help them write with integrity.

“Join us for this engaging workshop, where we’ll discuss the Plagiarism Spectrum and share different strategies for using the Spectrum with Turnitin Originality Reports, including a plagiarism quiz, lesson plan ideas, posters for the classroom and handouts.”

Where: Your Computer

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time: 10am San Francisco / 11am Denver / noon Chicago / 1pm New York (find your time zone)

Cost: Free

Click on the link below for more information and to register:

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Webinar on Using ePortfolios in Higher Education

Interested in using ePortfolios in your courses or department?  You may be interested in the free webinar on Sep. 16 described below.

AAEEBL’s (Association for Authentic, Experiential, Evidence-based Learning) ongoing webinar series on What is ePortfolio? continues this year starting on September 16 at 1 pm US EDT.  The webinar is free.  When you complete registration, you will then see a page with the webinar URL to use to join on the 16th.  This webinar, as the first of the year, will last for 75 minutes, ending at 2:15 pm US EDT.  This series also continues to provide ideas for The Field Guide to ePortfolio Project, a publishing project in collaboration with AAC&U.  This series has demonstrated that eportfolio is not only a thing but, more importantly, an idea.

Register for the September 16 Webinar.

The September 16 webinar with Jeff Yan of Digication — an educator — and Trent Batson of AAEEBL will provide insight into what campuses are actually doing with eportfolios, based on Jeff’s experience on many campuses.  We will discuss what his experience shows us about the eportfolio idea.

Format:  15 minutes presentation, 40 minutes discussion.  All sessions are recorded and become available within a day of the webinar.

Each or the webinars in this series have been popular and the discussion very active.  We expect the same with this September 16 webinar.

Meta-analysis on Active Learning and Lectures

The June-July issue of The Teaching Professor highlights a study you don’t want to miss. Lecture has its place, but this meta-analysis demonstrates that active learning improves learning significantly over lecture. Enjoy this article from Faculty Focus.

Comedy Duo Key and Peele: Why Not Treat Teachers Like Pro Athletes?

In advance of their newest episode Wednesday, the stars of the Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele” have released a video asking an important question: Why don’t teachers get the same level of glory as professional athletes? Enjoy this video from Education Week

How Do You Learn?

Maryellen Weimer asks the question “How do you learn?”  She says “we are definitely way more interested in learning than we used to be. In the early years of my teaching and faculty development work, it was all about teaching: improve it and students will automatically learn more. Now the focus is on how students learn and the implications that has for how we teach.”  She goes on to say “I’m convinced that how we learn influences the decisions we make about how to teach.”

Click on the link below to read Weimer’s short article:

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What do you think?  Do you think how we learn influences the decisions we make about how to teach? Do you agree or disagree with Weimer’s statement: “The wave of neuroscience research is making it clear that learners are unique, that understanding and sense-making is very much an individual process.”