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Executive Vice President and Provost

The Quest for Kudos Challenge: Adding Constructive Competition to Enhance a Cooperative Learning Experience

“The Quest for Kudos Challenge,” is a long-term, multitask, large group competition where students compete for a reward in the context of a cooperative learning experience. Facilitated by Sarah Rosol, Department of Management, this session will describe the challenge and review the logistics of doing a cooperative and competitive class project. Research findings suggest, among other things, that students who participated in the Quest for Kudos Challenge received higher exam scores and participated more often in class. Instructor outcomes included positive feedback from students and colleagues, as well as higher student evaluations. The Quest for Kudos Competition guidelines are easily adaptable for use by instructors in a variety of courses/disciplines. No registration required.


Recognizing and Helping Students in Distress

David Towle, director of the Counseling Center, will present information about the Counseling Center's services, give an overview of the kinds of issues for which UNI students seek counseling, discuss how we can recognize when a student might be in distress and how we can make sure that students are referred to appropriate mental health services. Co-sponsored by Cornerstone Faculty Development. No registraton required.

Small Group Activities for Student Centered Learning

One of the topics that garnered the most interest at the Fall Faculty Workshop was small group work. This session presents three different activities that might be effective in your classes. Nikki Harken, Department of Communication Studies, will give examples of how to incorporate role-playing into literature circles where each student is responsible for having their 'part' prepared to participate in group discussion. Deedee Heistad, LAC, will address the ways in which she incorporates small group peer review using a modified version of the AAC&U Value rubric that focuses on teamwork proficiencies. Chad Heinzel, Department of Geology,  will talk about how to do collaborative exams/quizzes and what he’s learned from doing them. Please register online at OR by clicking "Register Now" on the CETL website.


Dynamic Classroom Motivation: Helping Learners Visualize their Possible Selves

Tammy Gregerson, Department of Languages and Literature,  will explore how a learner's motivation interacts with other emotional and psychological variables in ever-fluctuating, moment-by-moment ways and how teachers might capitalize on their learners' future visions of themselves. The presentation will include examples of Gregerson's research where she has observed postiive learning and affective motivational outcomes. Co-sponsored by the Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Majors in Minutes

Majors in Minutes is a way for students to learn more about a major. The process is similar to speed dating -- every seven minutes a bell will ring and you have the choice to stay at your current table or visit a new one. If a major sounds interesting, you or a group of students can sit down and visit with an upperclass student within the major to learn more. After the bell rings, you may move to another major. Go to as many or as few as you would like. All students are welcom.

Dorothy Day Lecture

Pat Jordan is the former managing editor of Commonweal and the editor of Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal.  He worked with Dorothy Day from the late 1960s until her death in 1980. He will discuss Day's life and the growth of the Catholic Worker movement. Learn about one of the great American social activists of the twentieth century from someone who knew her well.


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