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Grant Money in and around the Classroom

One of my favorite historical characters is Ben Franklin, for a myriad of reasons. His mind was always dreaming up new things as evidenced by the amazing number of inventions and concepts he created. Not only did he invent the Franklin stove, the lightening rod, bifocals and the glass armonica (look that one up!), but he is also the Father of Matching Grants. Franklin was spearheading a campaign to raise funds for the Pennsylvania Hospital when he asked the colonial government to match the current amount raised. Read more...

Ready. Set. Motivate.

“What have I gotten myself into?” I find myself asking this question frequently. This fall I am teaching a new course entitled Animal and Food Microbiology. It is an exciting, yet sometimes overwhelming task. One challenge I knew I would have is scheduling the laboratory. Since we are working with living bacteria, many of the experiments take multiple days. This doesn't fit into our standard “3 hours of lecture and two hours of lab” schedule. Early on I decided that I would have to be flexible and occasionally use “lecture” time for lab work. I began looking for ways that I could make short lecture videos as needed to cover the necessary material. Read more...

Electronic Devices Usage in Europe

In the beginning of the summer of 2014, I was fortunate enough to study abroad for two and a half weeks to Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands. I was studying "History of Science and Technology in Europe, 1500 to the Present". This trip will be something I will never forget. While I was there, the professors had asked us to keep an eye out for different cultural behavior. I noticed that many people were not attached to their electronic devices like Americans were. Read more...

Encouraging the use of new tools for solving problems

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a video-first learner. My preferred method has always been to look things up. This used to mean perusing the instruction manuals, but in recent years I've found that I can use a search engine like Google to find an answer to almost any question or a potential solution to almost any problem. With this evolution of problem-solving skills, I've become less patient with reading through a lot of secondary or unnecessary material in my quest for an answer. Read more...

How can YOU design instruction to maximize the learning of all students?

Universal design may seem like a big scary phrase that is difficult to understand, but in reality we experience universal design inside and outside of the classroom on a daily basis. Read more...

Writing for your audience

As an academic, you may take great pride in your methodical, detailed writing. After all, if you want your research and views to be taken seriously, you need them to be communicated thoroughly. This is expected by your peers in academia. Now, if you were to present your findings, would you read your paper word for word? Read more...

Providing 24/7 Teaching Professional Development at UW-Platteville

With very busy schedules and numerous demands on their time, faculty and instructional academic staff at UW-Platteville find attending workshops for professional development quite difficult, if not impossible. In response to this reality, the Teaching & Learning Center created a year-long program for teaching professional development via Desire2Learn. You don’t need to be new to campus to participate – all faculty and instructional academic staff are welcome. Read more...

Using Copyrighted Materials

Copyright protects the expression of original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. You knew that, right? But a common myth is that copyrighted materials can be used freely for educational purposes. In many educational situations, copyrighted materials may be used without permission, but an evaluation must first be made to determine whether or not the use is considered fair use. Read more...

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