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TFSC: Open Educational Resources

Are you interested in learning about Open Educational Resources? Members of the University of Arkansas Open Educational Resources Team gave a presentation titled, “Open Educational Resources & You: Implementing OER in Your Courses What You Need to Know to Do It Now!” for the TFSC New and Not-So-New Faculty Lunch Series.

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HIPs: High Impact Practices

The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and the Offices of Student Success sponsored, “Are We H.I.P. Enough? A Retreat Showcasing High Impact Practices on Campus.”  The retreat, coordinated by Brande Flack, Danielle Dunn, and Deborah Korth, featured “high impact practices” being used to improve student success at the University of Arkansas.  The goal of the retreat was to work to create new ways to collaborate more effectively and efficiently to better our understanding of the initiatives happening at the U of A.  They had volunteers from across campus assist with leading discussions, activities, and short presentations on “High Impact Practices” or “Best Practices” that can lead to increased student retention and improved overall student experiences. So what are High Impact Practices?

All content in this post was developed by Brande Flack, Danielle Dunn, and Deborah Korth.

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HIP 9: Service Learning as High Impact Practices

At the University of Arkansas we have the Service Learning Initiative (SLI) which emphasizes civic engagement in courses while also giving students course credit for working with faculty members. Service learning is a high impact practice that increases student retention and learning.

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HIP 7: Building Intercultural Competence in Student Learning

Including topics on diversity in the classroom is essential to building intercultural competence. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley gave a presentation titled “Building Intercultural Competence in Student Learning” which represents HIP 7: Diversity/Global Learning. In collaboration with Brande Flack, Wiersma-Mosley focused on methods to discuss diversity in the classroom and increase students’ intercultural competence. She emphasized the need to set ground rules for civil discourse, teach students how to engage respectfully, and rely on evidence-based arguments. 

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HIP 5: Increasing and Enhancing Social Interaction – Sociology Assignment

Douglas Adams and Erica Estes present an example of High Impact Practice 5: Collaborative Assignments and Projects. This example focuses on an assignment which encourages students to interact in class to solve problems related to course content.

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HIP 3: The iBelieve Initiative

The iBelieve Intitative at the University of Arkansas serves as an example of a learning community. Learning communities are high impact practices that assist students in working together toward a common goal. The iBelieve Initiative focuses on improving the graduation rate of African American males at the University of Arkansas.

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HIP 1: University Perspectives

University Perspectives is an example of a first year seminar course designed to aid students in the transition from high school to college. University Perspectives is a faculty-led initiative that was begun in 2013 and introduces students to life at the University of Arkansas.

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TFSC: John Norwood, Wally Cordes Chair Discussion on Teaching Related Challenges

John Norwood, April 2018 Wally Cordes Chair and Professor of Accounting in the Walton College of Business, led a discussion on teaching-related challenges such as attendance, exams, grades and having fun in the classroom. In this discussion, Professor Norwood talked...

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IT Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: WordPress

Nathan Smith, Academic Web Development Manager, and his student team gave an overview of WordPress, the services that the U of A offers, and how their team operates. WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to create websites that manage pages,...

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TFSC: “Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Practical Teaching Ideas based on Research”

Jenna Cambria, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the Educational Statistics and Research Methods Program for the College of Education and Health Professions, gave a presentation titled, “Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Practical Teaching...

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