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ASSETT asks Atreyee Bhattacharya about her course design

April 24, 2017

In spring 2016, Atreyee Bhattacharya (Instructor, Environmental Sciences) approached ASSETT for help in designing her Drought, Climate, and Conflict course. For this capstone course, she “wanted students to have a very interactive experience [and] be engaged with the content far more than passively listening.” Over the next few months, she... Read more »
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Congratulations, Giorgio Corda!

April 24, 2017

Each year ASSETT recognizes a faculty member with exceptional teaching qualities with an Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. This year’s award winner, Giorgio Corda, was nominated by his peers for excelling in classroom instruction with technology. ASSETT recognized Giorgio, an Instructor in French and Italian, as this year’s winner... Read more »

Study strategies for before, during, and after class

April 24, 2017

From the Faculty Focus Blog With just a couple of weeks left in the semester, students are walking around campus zombie-like from sleep deprivation and the stresses of taking their final exams. To help students break the cycle of ineffective studying methods, Angela Zanardelli Sickler, coordinator of the study skills... Read more »
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Letters from the Advisor - April 2017

April 19, 2017

Dear Arts & Sciences Faculty, A lot has happened over the last month or so at ASSETT. I want to touch on a couple of things: digital learning and thinking, an emergent social network stemming from the Faculty Fellows program, and upcoming events for the summer. Dr. John Sloop from... Read more »
Anna-Elise Smith

Tips & Tricks - March 2017 - Succeeding in a Flipped Classroom

March 21, 2017

Flipped classrooms are a relatively new concept and many students have not experienced being in one. Professors use flipped classrooms because research shows that an active learning environment facilitates better learning. Flipped classrooms typically require students to watch lectures online and complete readings and quizzes before the class. The lecture... Read more »
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Tech of the Month - March 2017 - G Suite

March 20, 2017

G Suite Aside from the name change from Google Apps to G Suite, you may have noticed other updates to these tools. While it’s hard to stay up to date with these changes, here are a few new features you may find beneficial. Assign Action Items in Google Doc, Sheets,... Read more »
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Teaching Technology Assistance Program Spotlight

March 20, 2017

What happens when you combine the knowledge of a content expert, pedagogical expert, and a technologist? Innovation. This spotlight highlights the partnership between Dr. Vilja Hulden , Teaching and Learning Consultant Tara Gilboa, and Student Fellow Austin Chau . Vilja approached ASSETT with a request for pedagogical and technical support... Read more »
Students in conference room-style classroom, with one student on the Kubi.

Tech of the Month - February 2017 - The Kubi

Feb. 21, 2017

By Austin Chau How might students who can’t be in class still have an in-class experience? Though they are earnest to learn, some students have situations that cause them to miss class. OIT, in partnership with Athletics and Advising, is conducting a pilot that takes the typical video conferencing experience... Read more »
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Tips & Tricks - February 2017 - Just in Time Teaching

Feb. 21, 2017

Looking for ways to make your instruction more relevant to students and to address students’ questions more specifically? Just in Time Teaching (JiTT) is an approach that provides a structure to make it easier to do just that. By designing short online assignments, due shortly before class time, instructors can... Read more »
Network web diagram representing the change influence/connectivity after the faculty fellows program started.

Letters from the Advisor - February 2017

Feb. 20, 2017

The Faculty Fellows program began with an emphasis on describing and documenting the value of colleagues and community towards the development of excellence in teaching. Our first activity involved each Fellow listing people that contributed, in some manner, to their development as an educator. Furthermore, fellows were also asked to... Read more »