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How Online Innovations are Transforming Learning: ELI Fall Focus Event

The past few years have witnessed some dramatic and interesting changes within the landscape of higher education. Phenomena like MOOCs (massive open online courses), learning analytics, and new concepts such as personalized and adaptive learning not only represent innovations, but also entirely new models for teaching and learning.  In many ways, these remain emerging conversations […]

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CTE Program Review – Faculty Open Forums

The Center for Teaching Excellence is in the process of conducting a program review to gain deeper understanding about the ways our mission and work are serving the VCU community. A vital part of this process will be engaging faculty in conversations that can yield ideas and insights to shape our future strategic planning. An […]

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VCU Faculty Vacancies: Instructional Consultant (Center for Teaching Excellence, #FAB540)

Visit the VCU Office of the Provost, Faculty Vacancies page under “Academic Units” > “Instruction and Student Success” (direct link: http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/facjobs/facjobNew.asp?Item=5021) to view the official posting for this open position. Faculty Vacancy Details Academic/Administrative Unit: Instruction and Student Success Department: Center for Teaching Excellence Date Posted: 4/2/2013 Rank: Instructor Hire Date: 7/10/2013 Title: Instructional Consultant […]

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Join 2013 Spring EDUCAUSE Learning Institute: Learning & the MOOC

Over the past year, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. But how robust is the MOOC as a vehicle for learning? On April 3 and 4, you are invited to join members of the VCU community in a series of live web-based presentations and participant discussions along the […]

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CTE iPad Pilot Project

 The VCU Center for Teaching Excellence announces a call for proposals for its 2013 iPad Pilot Project. This pilot provides faculty with the opportunity to explore the use of tablet technology with students in a course setting. For more information, http://www.vcu.edu/cte/programs/instructional_technology/I3/iPadPilot.html. or contact Stan Anamuah-Mensah at sanamuahmens@vcu.edu.

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Recipients of 2012-2013 CTE Small Grants Program funds

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the recipients of funding from the CTE Small Grants Program for the 2012-2013 award cycle: Dave Dixon (School of Pharmacy; with Evan Sisson), Use of recorded clinic visits to improve preceptor assessment of student-patient encounters; Hilary Hughes (School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning; with […]

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The CTE Digital Storytelling Program (DST) – Revised for Fall 2012 – Apply by Friday, September 7, 2012

What’s your story? What are important stories in your discipline? How might a story introduce students to important developments, situate content in the context of history or a larger picture? What questions might be generated by a grounding story at the beginning of class? Faculty in the CTE Digital Storytelling Program will explore these and […]

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Turning Technologies Clickers (Fall 2012)

Following a university-wide review of classroom response technology (a.k.a. “clickers”) in the Spring of 2012, VCU made the decision to adopt Turning Technologies as the centrally supported clicker solution beginning in the Fall 2012 semester. This web page is intended to provide faculty with information and resources to assist with the adoption of this new […]

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An Overview of Changes in Blackboard 9.1 – Available Online

VCU’s Blackboard system will be upgraded to version 9.1 on May 17, 2012. Most features in release 9.1 will feel familiar, but there are a few changes to the editor and a some enhancements you might want to explore. The Center for Teaching Excellence has presented a few Blackboard 9.1 Overview sessions on both the […]

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Article of the Month: Design factors for educationally effective animations and simulations

How do animations and simulations have to be designed in order to be educationally effective? This paper will review research on learning from dynamic visualizations and present findings related to visual design and interaction design of animations and simulations. In the past we were limited to images that, once drawn, could not be altered; today […]

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