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WINTER 2016- WEEK 5
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Journal Club

For this week we’re going to dig a little deeper into some of the research addressed in Make it Stick.  Please read Yue, C. L., Bjork, E. L., & Bjork, R. A. (2013). Reducing verbal redundancy in multimedia learning: An undesired desirable difficulty?. Journal of Educational Psychology105(2), 266. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/105/2/266.pdf
We will return to Chapter 5 in Make It Stick next week.

For your convenience, we will continue to offer two weekly meetings in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building):

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 1:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

Elly and Julie

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Spring 2016 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications will begin February 5, 2016. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application and CAS 409 Practicum information and the graduate application.

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Learn to Make a Screencast

Screencasts are a popular way to deliver lectures or other content online, and you can learn how to make one on February 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, in McKenzie 375.
Come to this hands-on workshop and:
- Learn what screencasts are
- Understand what tools are required to make one
- Learn about the resources CASIT has that you can use to make a screencast
- Walk out with a working approach geared toward your class and the resources you need to create screencasts
This will be a working session, so if you have a laptop with a microphone, please bring it so that everyone has the opportunity to make their own screencast. If you have the opportunity before the session, go to http://screencast-o-matic.com/screen_recorder, click Get Recorder Launcher near the top center of the page, download and install the software. This isn’t the only software you can use, but it’s free. If you have any issues, please contactnielsm@uoregon.edu.

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UO Science Fair Needs Instructors

The 5th annual UO Science and Invention Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016 here on the UO campus. This is an informal, entry-level fair for science lovers of all ages featuring hands-on activity tables and free science workshops. In order to support students in developing their projects, instructors from the SPICE program visit area classrooms to present a series of workshops on science fair project development. We need about 24 volunteer instructors to visit 14 area classrooms. If you love sharing science with K-8 kids, this is your chance to participate in a great program. For more information, contact Brandy Todd (btodd@uoregon.edu).

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Institute on Project-based Learning

In partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), WPI will host and run its second annual Institute on Project-based Learning — a 2.5-day program where teams from colleges and universities will gain knowledge about project-based learning and make tangible progress to integrate those learnings into their own curricula. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education at Georgetown University, returns as Institute keynote speaker.

Where:Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
When: June 22-25, 2016
Application Deadline:February 15, 2016

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UO Science Outreach Club 

The next UO Science Outreach Club meeting will be on Tuesday, February 2nd at 5pm in 240D Willamette Hall (inside the Oregon Center for Optics). Meeting topics will include safety in science outreach, science identity formation, and SPICE/SoD updates. Volunteers are needed for several events, please contact Brandy Todd (btodd@uoregon.edu) if you are interested.

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“Transformative Learning” Group Discussion 

Join us for coffee and conversation as we consider transformative learning theory as a way to understanding the promise and challenges of university classes. How does a theory of learning first defined in the late 70s as including “a disorienting dilemma,” “taking the perspectives of others,” and “critical appraisal” of our own roles look in theory and practice today? How can we best support our students in learning that tests previously unexamined assumptions and ultimately create more reflective and inclusive frames of reference?

Participants will be sent a short reading to discuss as a group facilitated by TEP staff members. If the notion of a deep, potentially difficult, learning process that can challenge what we know and even who we are resonates with you, this session should provide camaraderie and a useful framework and approaches.

When: Friday, February 12 at 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: 72 PLC

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Engaging Student Resistance

Despite your best efforts to motivate and engage students, do you find that “the resistance” is alive and well in your class? Do you encounter students who seem passive and unmotivated, or who actively resist learning? In this workshop we will learn about possible sources of student resistance to learning and discuss a number of strategies for addressing this resistance in order to make learning more valuable for all your students. We’ll focus on student resistance to course content, especially material that raises issues of power, privilege, and difference. We’ll also address resistance to particular teaching and learning methods.

When: Friday, February 26 at 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Proctor 41, Knight Library

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NWBIO Conference

The UO and LCC are pleased to co-sponsor the Northwest Biology Instructors Organization Annual Conference at the University of Oregon April 15-17, 2016.  The NWBIO weekend includes workshops, field trips, and speakers relevant to biology instructors at all points of their teaching careers and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues across the region.   Abstract submission, registration and more information are available on the website. http://blogs.uoregon.edu/nwbio2016/

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Spring 2016 Scholars and Fellows

Learn to Make a Screencast

UO Science Fair Needs Instructors

Institute on Project-based Learning

UO Science Outreach Club

“Transformative Learning” Group Discussion

Engaging Student Resistance

NWBIO Conference

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

TEP Winter Workshops

This winter, TEP begins its High Impact Change series, which asks “How can faculty teach to ensure the relevance, rigor, continuities, and needed departures of a 21st century undergraduate education?”

Our first events and workshops are clustered around the notion of fostering students’ sense of belonging in our classes. We’ll foreground inclusive teaching designed to convey to students that their presence matters; and we’ll consider how to construct classes that can address questions of equity and belonging that are urgent to society more generally.

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Getting the Most Out of Group Work

Group work in class, or through larger assignments, is common across the curriculum. Despite its apparent popularity, however, many students (and faculty) report ambivalence, if not downright hostility, to participating in group activities. By taking this workshop you will gain tools and resources for implementing various effective and creative group activities, as well as techniques for demonstrating the value of such activities to skeptical students.

When: Friday, Feb. 5 from
1:00-2:30pm
Where: 116 Lokey

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Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

A statement of teaching philosophy is a short narrative about your teaching that explains the principles and theories behind it. This workshop will review formats and useful practices for writing a statement of teaching philosophy. You also will begin the writing process and leave with a draft outline of a teaching statement.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 10 from1:00-2:30pm
Where: 72 PLC

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Increasing Student Engagement with UO Blogs

Please join us for a discussion about approaches for using UO Blogs as a space to help empower students, enrich student learning, and enliven our classrooms. This session also includes a hands-on introduction to the various tools and features of the UO Blogs platform.

When: Friday, Feb. 19 from
2:00-3:30pm
Where: Proctor 41, Knight Library

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NEXUS Abstract Writing Workshops

NEXUS, a student group that strives to help undergraduates get involved in research, is hosting abstract writing workshops to prepare for the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. Feel free to come with an abstract already written or just an idea for one. They can help no matter what stage of the abstract writing process you are in.

When: Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: GSH 103

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