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Lunch and Learn

Please join us on October 18 for our next Lunch and Learn session.  Mr. Rob Wallon will discuss services he provides as our Academic Skills Specialist.

As a reminder, This series consists of 45-minute presentations/discussions on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. through Skype. This allows you to attend from anywhere in the world. These sessions are also recorded. 

For call-in information, visit our events calendar. We are still looking for additional speakers for Spring Semester. If you are interested, please contact Sol Roberts-Lieb.




Dr. Coiado's new affiliation with the Leman Institute for Brazillian Studies.

Dr. Olivia Coiado, course director for Discovery Learning and medical education facilitator, became affiliated faculty of the Leman Institute for Brazilians Studies in September 2018.

Dr. Coiado and Dr. Jerry Dávila, director of Lemann Institute, are working together to establish a partnership in Brazil for the Global Community Immersion Program. As a part of this effort, the Lemann Institute awarded two fellowships for up to two students to travel to Brazil during the Discovery Learning period. 




Digital Carpentry - Introduction to Data Organization

Are you looking for ways to make data collection and organization easier? The University Library and NCSA are offering a Data Carpentry session designed for people who'd like a gentle introduction to data organization, OpenRefine, databases, and Python. No computer programing background needed. This workshop is October 18-19 and is modular so if you can't attend one session the others are still accessible. Cost is $20 Please visit their website for registration and additional information.




Technology Entrepreneur Center Presentations Available 

Interested in having the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) talk in your class about entrepreneurship & innovation? Representatives from TEC can come to speak to your class for 15 minutes about entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities offered through TEC. Students will hear about courses, workshops, the new BS degree in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE), certificates, other programs, and more. Please contact Stephanie Larson for more information. 




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Research Opportunities


CITL Jr. Faculty Fall 2018 Teaching Series Begins September 18
Wednesdays at 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. September 19 - October 31

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning hosts this annual series to help new faculty and those expanding their horizons. Come join this learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty, though all are welcome to participate. We'll share strategies and best practices for effective and efficient teaching. There will be great conversations, handouts, and lunch! Since each session builds on each other, we hope you will be able to attend all the meetings.

Room 428, Armory

Registration: Now Open

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Medical Education News

Tracking Active Learning in the Medical School Curriculum: A Learning-Centered Approach

Medical education is moving toward active learning during large group lecture sessions. This study investigated the saturation and breadth of active learning techniques implemented in first-year medical school large group sessions. In the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development, Lisa McCoy, Robin Pettit, Charlyn Kellar, and Christine Morgan found that Faculty implemented 25 different active learning techniques over the course of 9 first year courses. Of 646 hours of large group instruction, 476 (74%) involved at least 1 active learning component.

Assessment in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Review of Course Exams

Published in March 2013 in Medical Education Online, Allison Vanderbilt, Moshe Feldman, and Isaac Wood, described their approach for evaluating assessments used in the first two years of medical school and report the results of applying this method to current first and second-year medical student examinations. In this study, they found that current first and second-year medical school examinations comprised 0% competence level questions. The majority, more than 50% of test questions, were at the NBME recall level. All in all, they suggest that multiple-choice questions test the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and competency in medical school assessments.