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How Soon They Forget

Father Guido Sarducci – the character played by comedian Don Novello on Saturday Night Live in the 1970s – got some of his biggest laughs with a plan for a Five Minute University. Five years after they leave college, Sarducci noted, most graduates can only remember about five minutes’ worth of all the facts they crammed into their crania to pass exams, so why not cut to the chase? [RR –  see the hilarious clip at: [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO8x8eoU3L4]. This riff on higher education still makes Steven Yalisove chuckle, but he knows it contains a measure of truth. A professor of materials science engineering at the University of Michigan, Yalisove, 59, is out to change classroom teaching. He has designed a regimen to help students learn, comprehend, and retain functional knowledge, instead of memorizing quickly forgotten facts. He has mostly eliminated lectures, relying on peer instruction and allowing students to learn from failures, and has all but ditched traditional exams. “Exams are a terrible way to see if someone has learned anything,” he sniffs.

Read more at Tomorrow’s Professor…


Thanks to Dr. Ilse Mason for her recent Innovation 20/20 Series presentation and discussion!

Innovation 20/20 with Dr. Ilse Mason

Online Walking: From Oxymoron to Reality

Traditionally, physical education courses take place in a face-to-face setting and because of their nature, present unique challenges when transforming them into an online format. In this presentation, I will share how an online walking course was created and elaborate on the role of technology in this course.

Engagement and Distance at the HILT

HILT conference participants: (top row) Melissa Franklin and Lawrence Lessig; (bottom row) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Robert Lue
HILT conference participants: (top row) Melissa Franklin and Lawrence Lessig; (bottom row) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Robert Lue

THE THIRD ANNUAL Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference convened on September 16 in Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School, as more than 300 participants from across the University—professors, administrators, learning and teaching specialists—gathered to consider this year’s theme: “Engagement and Distance.” The importance of student engagement—“when they are challenged, when they own the experience, when they care”—is well established, HILT director Erin Driver-Linn, one of the conference organizers, observed in her opening remarks. President Drew Faust followed with welcoming remarks, asking, “How do space and distance influence student engagement?” The day revealed that distance can take many forms: not only physical but social or emotional distance as well, for example. And so can engagement.

Read more at Harvard Magazine…

Call for proposals – 2014 COE Innovation in Teaching Conference

Conference proposals due: Friday, October 3, 2014
Conference proposals due: Friday, October 3, 2014

Registration for all COE faculty will be paid by the college (lunch is included in the registration).

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals and conference registration for the inaugural 2014 COE Innovation in Teaching Conference to be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Georgia Center. This day-long conference will highlight innovative teaching among faculty and instructors within the college. Links to submit a proposal and register for the conference can be found on the conference web site.

All conference presenters must also register for the conference.

(Note: At the time this announcement was submitted to the COEfyi, only the link to the call for proposals was active on the conference web site. The Georgia Center is handling conference registrations and that link should be active very soon.)

The conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium (NMC). Dr. Johnson will speak about the evolution of the modern university in the context of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the technologies, networks, software, and systems of society. The NMC is probably best known as the group that publishes the annual Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report.

All COE faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal to present a session, poster, or roundtable discussion. Faculty members who received 2014 Maymester Instructional Innovation Support grants are required to present. While we expect many of these sessions will also demonstrate the role of technology to support innovative teaching, this is not a requirement for a proposal.


Conference proposals due: Friday, October 3, 2014.
Registrations due: Friday, October 10, 2014.
Registration for all COE faculty will be paid by the college (lunch is included in the registration).


Proposals should include a descriptive title and a short abstract (50-100 words).

No teaching innovation should be considered too small for a proposal. This conference is meant as an opportunity for faculty to share what they consider to be an interesting innovation in their own teaching at UGA.

Proposals will be of two general types: Examples of teaching innovations; and research on teaching.

Proposals for teaching innovations must focus on undergraduate or graduate teaching within courses offered by the UGA College of Education. Proposals from Graduate Teaching Assistants will also be accepted, and should focus on teaching of courses within the College of education.

Proposals for research on teaching do not need to report on research conducted within COE courses, but the research results need to be relevant to college teaching. It is expected that research proposals will focus on participants consisting of adults or young adults.

Proposals can be co-authored by faculty and/or graduate teaching assistants.

All submissions that are consistent with proposal guidelines will be accepted. Faculty can also register to attend the conference sessions without presenting.

Presentation formats

  • 10- or 20-minute presentations bundled in a session for individual presentations, with time for dialogue and discussion at the end.
  • Posters: If you have an innovation idea that would be better featured in visual form, you are welcome to submit your work as a poster presentation.
  • Roundtable sessions: This is for teaching innovations that are better highlighted through oral reporting and conversation.
    Contact the conference chair, Dr. Lloyd Rieber, with questions.

We look forward to your participation!

Call for Participation – Fall 2014 Academies

ITT Fall 2014 Faculty AcademiesThe Innovation in Teaching and Technology initiative is happy to announce the continuation and expansion of the ITT Faculty Academy. We will be offering two faculty academies in both the fall and spring semesters. The faculty participation stipend has also been increased to $500 (for travel, materials, etc.) to support up to 10 faculty in each academy.

Please follow the links below for more details about these Academies and instructions for how to apply.

Fall 2014 Academies.

via Fall 2014 Academies.

Center for Teaching and Learning Fall Speaker: Ken Bain – Author of What the Best College Teachers Do

The Center for Teaching and LearningThe Center for Teaching and Learning has exciting news to share regarding its fall schedule.  Our keynote speaker this fall will be Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do (2004) and What the Best College Students Do (2012).  Both of those books are based on exhaustive research studies he performed on those two topics.  We are fortunate in that he will be providing three presentations while on campus:  one for faculty, one for graduate students, and one for undergraduates.  All will take place on Monday, August 25th.

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