Articles by: Matthew Mahavongtrakul

Call for DTEI Graduate Fellows

Call for DTEI Graduate Fellows

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI), in collaboration with the Graduate Division, is pleased to announce a call for DTEI Graduate Fellows for Summer 2020. DTEI Graduate Fellows will work with faculty to develop high quality remote courses for the 2020-21 academic year. Fellows will receive training from […]

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Lilly Conference on Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning – San Diego, 2020

Katie Cox, Department of Anthropology In late February 2020 – just before the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the shutdown of university campuses and shelter-in-place orders around the world – I had the opportunity to attend a Lilly Conference in San Diego. The Lilly Conference Series brings together university educators and administrators […]

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Learning with Commercial Games

Reginald T. Gardner, Department of Informatics How Videogames Teach Videogames often use reward and punishment systems, grading systems, soft resets, and other techniques to push players towards learning specific skills in order to proceed in their games. The most known example is Super Mario Bros’ level 1-1. In the first […]

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Preparing the Environmental Professionals of the Future: Backwards Design in Environmental Studies

Paroma Wagle, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy Learning about sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice, the ‘wicked problems’ of the environment, is absolutely crucial for students, as they will not only go on maybe select careers in environment and policy fields, but also are going to be decision-makers […]

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Adding the EPIC to Education

Emily M. Slonecker, M.A, Department of Psychological Science What is your first thought when you hear the word “icebreaker”? If your first thought is the sound of 200 students groaning in unison, you just might be an educator. There is growing body of evidence to suggest that active learning techniques, like […]

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How to Evaluate Individual Work Within a Group Project; Group-Individual Projects May Help!

Negin Sattari, Department of Cognitive Sciences Group Versus Individual Project Often students’ faces announce dissatisfaction when a group project is proposed during the first session of the class as a part of the final examination. The complaints are mainly coming from hard-working students who doubt that other group members work […]

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