Author: krk16103

Alternatives and Tweaks to PowerPoints in Large Classes

By Fahd Rafiq As a PhD student in Political Science, I have spent most of my life in educational settings. From the time I graduated high school in 1998 until now, I’ve witnessed a transition from traditional chalk board teaching to PowerPoint slideshows. Although I believe PowerPoint slideshows can be useful, I argue that they […]

LGBTQIA+ Students Speak Out: An Interview about Inclusive Educational Support

By Timothy Bussey This is the fourth and final post by PhD candidate Timothy Bussey on inclusive teaching and curriculum for LGBTQIA+ students. The following interview was conducted with a diverse group of UConn undergraduate students, who are all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. These students were selected based upon their high level of achievement […]

Eliciting the Unheard Voices in Class with Alternative Forms of Participation

This is our second post in a five-part series on harnessing technology to engage students and advance their learning. Upcoming posts will focus on using video recordings to provide feedback and increase student metacognition, enhanced use of PowerPoints to drive student learning, and practical information on flipping the classroom and recording lectures. By Emma Bjorngard-Basayne […]

Designing Your Quant Course with LGBTQ Diversity

By Timothy Bussey After some discussions about my most recent post for this blog, there was some interest in how I was planning to incorporate LGBTQ diversity into a course, POLS 2072Q: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science. In this post, I’ll discuss three major points to consider when designing your quantitative course, though it should be […]

President’s Series on Teaching Excellence 4/25

4/25 The President’s Series on Teaching Excellence The President’s Series on Teaching Excellence Great Universities have Great Teachers and the University of Connecticut is blessed with more than its fair share.  The President’s series on Teaching Excellence is designed to provide a forum to facilitate discussion and reflection on the journey from good teaching to […]

15 Minutes with a UConn Prof: Andy Ballantine

This is the second interview in our series, 15 minutes with a UConn Prof (see our first with Dr. John Redden), that captures the accumulated wisdom of our instructors. In this interview, Dr. Andy Ballantine discusses the importance of instructor enthusiasm, relevant material, and the still-pertinent but increasingly-passé lecture. What are some ways that you’ve […]

Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News and Alt-Facts

By Lisa Blansett, Associate Director of First-Year Writing, UConn and Donovan Reinwald, Instructional Librarian, HBL, UConn Being able to find out more about a topic, issue, or event is always a challenge, but when the facts may not be facts, that job is that much more difficult. Conversations about whether facts are facts can get […]