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TILE Humanities Resources Added

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The TILE Teaching and Learning Portal contains helpful information for instructors at The University of Iowa. Recently, sample course modules designed for the humanities have been added. These modules were developed by staff at The University of Iowa Center for Teaching to address the lack of available resources for teaching the humanities in TILE spaces.

See the humanities modules on the Teaching Strategies page.

A TILE classroom demo and poster presentation were given at this year’s 4CAST conference.

Video Conference – Robert Beichner

Monday, November 30th, 2009

On November 12th Robert Beichner shared his experiences teaching and learning in classrooms similar to TILE. UI faculty and staff were in attendance to listen and ask questions to better understand how to go about planning TILE.


Beichner, a Physics Professor at North Carolina State University, also discussed how the SCALE-UP project supports a community of institutions implementing teaching and learning similar to TILE. Notes from the talk can be found in the here.

If you are new to the site, don’t forget to check the Teaching Strategies section of the TILE website. Examples of discipline-specific TILE modules will be added to this page soon.

State Budget Cuts & Future of TILE

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

3571921166_8f722256f6A mid-year emergency 10% budget cut at The University of Iowa has necessitated the reallocation of ARRA funding away from the TILE project. For further information, see UI President Sally Mason’s budget cut proposal to the Board of Regents on Oct. 29, 2009.

The TILE project will continue with alternate funding. There will be less learning spaces developed because the TILE project lost ARRA funding. But there will now be more time to better plan teaching and learning in these spaces. 

Tremendous faculty interest is driving the TILE project forward. The TILE Project Team plans to continue developing materials to assist instructors. General information about teaching and learning in TILE has been added to the Teaching Strategies section. Example modules for TILE spaces will be added to that page in the upcoming weeks.

If you have questions or ideas that you would like to see added to the Teaching Strategies section of the TILE website please share your ideas.

Advisory Team Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 12

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The next Advisory Team Meeting for the TILE Project will be on Thursday, November 12th at 1:30pm in room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre (Old Capitol Mall).


Thursday, Nov. 12th

2520D UCC


*CANCELED* Advisory Team Meeting Friday, Oct. 23

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The TILE Advisory Team Meeting for Friday, October 23rd is CANCELED.

The next Advisory Team Meeting for the TILE Project will be on Thursday, November 12th at 1:30pm in room 2520D UCC.


Thursday, Nov. 12th


2520D UCC

Advisory Team Kickoff – Sept. 24

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

TILE (Learning Spaces to Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage) will have its first Advisory Team meeting on September 24th at 4pm in room C107 of the John Pappajohn Business Building.


September 24

C107 PBB


TILE Project Receives ARRA Funding

Friday, August 14th, 2009


***UPDATE (10/29)***

ARRA funding for the TILE project has been reallocated to cover unanticipated budget cuts at UI. The project will still proceed with funding from alternative sources. The overall scope of the project will be noticeably diminished.


Executive Vice President and Provost Wallace Loh and Senior Vice President and Treasurer Doug True have announced the proposals selected for funding as part of a $15.5 million allocation of federal stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


‘Clickers’ add another dimension to the classroom experience

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

turning-technologies-clickerInformation Technology Services (ITS) is offering faculty a new way to increase student engagement in the classroom.

Clickers – also referred to as student response systems, audience response systems, or personal response systems – allow students to answer an instructor’s questions via a small wireless device that records responses using a radio frequency receiver. Instructors create content with built-in response indicators and ask students to use their clickers to respond at the appropriate times during a lecture. Instructors can create questions in PowerPoint with TurningPoint 2008, or they can use TurningPoint AnyWhere with any application.

For more information about student response systems, visit the clickers website.

The campus standard for clickers at the UI is provided by Turning Technologies. The University has adopted a bookstore model for purchasing the devices. Faculty should contact the bookstore and let store personnel know if they plan to use clickers for a particular course. Faculty should be prepared to tell the bookstore an approximate number of clickers to order for students. Students enrolled in courses using the devices will need to purchase a clicker for $37.35. Students can use the same clicker for multiple classes, and they will register their clicker through ICON starting in the fall 2009 semester.

ITS-Instructional Services is offering faculty several basic and advanced clicker training sessions. To register for two-hour sessions on Aug. 12 or Aug. 13 click here. Check out the “Upcoming Training Events” section on the front page of the ITS Training website for more information about fall training sessions.

ITS also is hosting a Clickers Conference on Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the clickers website for more details.

Faculty who plan on using clickers in the classroom for the fall 2009 semester should contact ITS-Instructional Services right away for help in getting started:

    ITS Helpdesk
    319-384-4357 (4-HELP)

    2800 University Capitol Centre

    Mon – Thurs: 8AM – 10PM
    Fri: 8AM – 5PM
    Sat: 12PM – 5PM
    Sun: 6PM – 10PM

New service offers option for electronic portfolios

Friday, June 5th, 2009

ifolioIn response to a Center for Teaching-sponsored workshop on portfolio-based assessment held in January 2007, ITS-Instructional Services partnered with a number of departments to weigh the viability of commercial electronic portfolio options. The commercial products did not meet the functionality needs of the various end users, so Instructional Services developed a modular electronic portfolio system, branded as ifolio, that can be easily customized to UI colleges and departments.
The ifolio service provides educators with a solution to four commonly asked questions:
  1. How do I encourage student reflection?
  2. How do I fulfill my department’s programmatic goals?
  3. How do I shape students’ academic paths?
  4. How do I prepare students for their future?
With the ifolio service:
  • Students can post artifacts in any digital form (written, audio, video) to highlight their academic work
  • Students reflect on each artifact to demonstrate their awareness of learning objectives and ensure their success within the discipline
  • Academic advisors can use ifolio’s academic planning tool to guide students through their learning endeavors
  • Students are able to showcase their portfolios for future employment, education or other pursuits
  • Each ifolio is dedicated to a department’s programmatic goals, such as benchmarks, outcomes or standards
  • Portfolios are ongoing learning records of students’ academic progress
The first application of the ifolio service was piloted in the School of Art and Art History in fall 2008 and received positive feedback. A second pilot was conducted in International Programs in spring 2009, and other departments are considering adopting this system as a tool for assessment, learning, effective academic advising and career planning. ITS-Instructional Services is currently working with the Carver College of Medicine to design an ifolio pilot project for fall 2009. The ifolio service allows students to collaborate electronically by linking carefully chosen academic coursework to prescribed academic unit outcomes or standards, and it allows students to play an active part in seeking, constructing, organizing and synthesizing their learning. For more information – or to inquire about an ifolio demo – please contact Annette Beck in ITS-Instructional Services ( or 319-335-6043).

Elluminate Live! upgrade will occur during winter break

Friday, November 21st, 2008

logo_elluminate Over the winter break, ITS will be upgrading to Elluminate Live! version 9. Elluminate Live! is a virtual-meeting product that allows moderator-led, Internet-based e-learning and real-time collaboration. The product offers options for full duplex audio; sharing PowerPoint presentations; instant messaging; application sharing; breakout rooms; recording sessions for later playback; and more.

Version 9 has many new features and enhancements, including:

  • Support for multiple, simultaneous video cameras
  • The ability to invite additional participants to an in-progress session
  • The ability to save audio of any recording to an iPod or other portable MP3 player for later playback; the recordings can be stored in ICON or on any website
  • The ability to post stand-alone recordings to a web server or distribute them on CD-ROM. Anyone can view the recording on a desktop computer or laptop, without ever having been in an Elluminate Live! session
  • Coming soon … The ability to convert recordings to high-definition video podcasts that capture whiteboard content, shared applications, chat transcripts, closed captioning, and all audio.

For more information on Elluminate Live! and other real-time collaboration environments, visit the ITS-Instructional Services’ real time collaboration environments website.