Call for Participation: Using Team-based Learning in the Classroom

Interested in incorporating team-based learning activities into your course? Are you using team-based learning in your class and looking for an opportunity to meet, share, and brainstorm with other faculty? Have you heard about flipping your classroom but not really sure what it means? This workshop may be just what you are looking for!

Please consider joining Dr. Caitie Finlayson (Geography Department) and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation on Tuesday, November 29th from 12:15-1:15 in the HCC, Room 307.

Dr. Finlayson will share the pedagogical work she undertook this summer when she was awarded a 2016 CTE&I Department-level Instructional Innovation Grant.

Join a recent team-based learning convert for a discussion of team-based learning research, active learning strategies, and ideas for how to flip a class meeting or your entire course. This workshop shares her process and procedures any introductory-level course that has a broad focus will find useful. Also, ways to increase opportunities for active learning and in-class activities will be shared. Faculty looking to undertake a major, substantive revision of course materials and assignments are invited to attend. Also, faculty who are seeking ideas and examples for in-class team-based learning activities are encouraged to join us.

All faculty are invited to attend!

When:     Tuesday, November 29th

Time:       12:15-1:15

Where:    HCC, Room 307

Ready to join? RSVP and

Flipping Classroom


We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday Morning Mentor







I am pleased to share with you that CTE&I has subscribed to the Magna  Publications “Monday Morning Mentors” program.

What is so great about this program?

  • It’s 20 minutes!
  • Timely topics – a new topic each week for the remainder of the academic year.
  • Schedule friendly – Each program is accessible for on-demand for a full week so you can view it at your convenience.
  • You can download supplemental materials, transcript, reflection points, and a certificate of participation.

How do I gain access?

Each week you will receive an email (Monday Morning Mentor) showcasing the upcoming program topic and institutional passcode for access.

I hope you will take advantage of the program. CTE&I would appreciate your feedback on the program during this year’s pilot phase.

January Box of Awesome Winner!



IMG_3595Dr. Miriam Liss, Psychology Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a Box of Awesome for her December submission. If you see Miriam be sure to congratulate her and ask her what was in her ‘Box of Awesome.’

Miriam designed a review activity that is “fun, engaging, reinforces relevant concepts, and allows students to direct learning and review. Furthermore, this activity requires little advanced preparation on my part so is easy to integrate into a busy teaching load. This is a Jeopardy review game with a twist – the students write the review questions. The day before the review each student is assigned a topic that will be covered in the exam. The students then bring in two index cards with a points value on one side (100,200,300,400 and 500) and a jeopardy style answer and question on the other side. I come to class with tape and a dry erase marker to write the categories on the board.

Liss-as-Alex-TrabeckThen I get ready to be Alex Trabeck -students call me Alex and in this picture one of my students created a mustache for me to wear during the game! Students tape their questions on the board under their category and then form team of rows and give themselves a team name that is usually relevant to the course material (e.g. the Superegos, or Karen Horney’s heros). Students are picked row by row to pick a category and give the right “question” for the jeopardy answer. The game is open book, open note and open conversation – anyone in the row can help. If the team gets the question wrong or times out (they cannot answer in the time it takes me to sing the Jeopardy theme song), the question gets passed to the next row. Score is kept but winners only get bragging rights. Occasionally I ask a spontaneous 100 point bonus question to ensure everything gets reviewed. For those questions I ask something that I think needs to be reviewed and anyone can shout out an answer. If anyone on the team gets it right the team gets 100 points. Sometimes at the end I give 100 points for pointing out major topics in a category that was not reviewed.

Jeopardy review reinforces the material, creates a fun class atmosphere and encourages students to think about what material should be reviewed ahead of time when they make their index card questions.


Digital Scholars Institute


CTE&I begins the work of developing the Digital Scholars Institute.  This institute will provide support for 10 faculty engaged in digital scholarship.