Great Teaching

Use IF-AT Cards…Make Tests Fun!

The 2016 UCO Collegium on College Teaching Practices showcased many different active learning strategies employed by UCO faculty. The below short essay describes the success, Maurice Haff, an Instructor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, has found using the Immediate-Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) cards. These cards are free to UCO faculty and available at the Center for […]

Marketing Professor Reflects on President Betz’ conversation on “What are we doing here?”

Author: Dr. Jeri Jones- The UCO teacher center, the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL), holds a monthly informal discussion called the Socrates and Stein Café.  Modeling the early French Salons and Socrates, UCO faculty are invited to come and share thoughts over cookies and tea on a big question in the academy. […]

Election 2016: A Disorienting Dilemma

Written by Linda Harris, Asst. Professor, Educational Sciences-  It did not take long for Americans shocked by Donald Trump’s historic election-upset to publicly voice their angst, anguish, and outright anger at the electoral process, Trump supporters, and ultimately at the final results.  The extent of this emotional turmoil pitted family and friends against one another […]

Critical Reflection for University Teachers

The UCO Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) distributes a hard bound, blank journal to each faculty member that participates in a CETTL faculty development event. We encourage faculty to write critical reflections and ideas about good teaching during CETTL activities, then discuss them with each other. Here are a few of […]

Transformative Learning: Peripheral or Fundamental in Higher Ed Theory?

Kandlbinder and Peseta (2009) asked faculty and administrators for postgraduate certification courses in higher education teaching and learning what they consider to be the key concepts practitioners need to know about teaching well in college. In other words, if you want to earn a postgraduate certificate in higher education teaching and learning, what is the […]

10 Active Learning Techniques in Engineering

by Dr. Nesreen Alsbou Transformative learning has the potential to transform the educational process by providing the educators with the tools to raise student’s interest in the material and make the teaching process more effective. A traditional class with homework, exams and an instructor spending all the lecture time lecturing and students taking notes and […]

ABLE Enabled Me

by Rebecca Williams I recently attended the annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) conference in Houston. The ABLE conference encouraged me to make my UCO Entomology course more transformative.  Before the conference I planned out many exercises, nearly covering the entire semester.  However, it was mostly identification of families or of morphological characters.  This is the way most […]

Transformative Potentials in a Class on Death and Dying

Dr. Gary Steward, UCO Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness UCO’s Associate Vice-Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Gary Steward, has taught a class on death and dying for several years, typically during the spring intersession. It’s been a popular class, with students of all majors enrolling in the course. By its very nature, such a class […]

A Professor’s Experience with STLR

Faculty involvement in STLR has amazing benefits for both faculty and students, but there are some issues that can be avoided through preparation. Here are the experiences of one faculty member who has implemented several STLR projects.   Over the past year, the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) has been implementing a Student Transformative Learning […]

Passion and Pedagogy: The Transformative Journey of an up and Coming Educator

by Justin Teeman, M.Ed.  “Psychology is an arena where the premodern ways of teaching are still the most effective ones, even in contemporary life. We don’t teach psychology in elementary schools because we don’t need to. Every distracted or commanding teacher, every successful bully or heroic defier of bullying, every charming flirt or captivating class […]