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Program for Instructional Effectiveness Fall Workshops

September 8, 2022

The Program for Instructional Effectiveness is organizing several events for Fall 2022 to support faculty in their teaching. Because of the recent focus on Open Educational Resources (OER) both at ISU and the Idaho State Board of Education, PIE will be offering two sessions on OER during the academic year, and the first is scheduled for October 13, from 1:00-2:30 PM (MT). Spencer Jardine (Library) will be guiding a workshop on “Strategies for Finding OER Materials.” After two years of fully online events, PIE is excited to host this session in person in REND 213. The session will also be broadcast to all of our distance campuses. We will follow up this session with another OER-focused workshop in Spring 2023.

PIE also has two sessions of Great Ideas in Teaching (GIT), where a faculty member shares a particularly successful activity, assignment, method, or philosophy of teaching with participants. Those in attendance can also discuss how to adapt these great ideas to their own classes and disciplines.  The first GIT is scheduled for Friday, September 16, at 9:00 AM (MT), and it will be delivered through Zoom. Nancy Devine (Physical and Occupational Therapy), who was recognized as Distinguished Teacher for 2022, will discuss "Using Student Polling to Engage in Direct Classroom Learning." David Lawrimore, Outstanding Teacher for 2022, will discuss “One More Time with Feeling: Cultivating Affective Student Responses” on October 28, 10:00-11:00 AM (MT). His presentation will be in person and will also be broadcast to distance sites (location TBA).

In addition to these presentations and workshops, Mark McBeth from the Department of Political Science, is moderating our Talking about Teaching reading group. This fall the group will read and discuss Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning by Ken Bain. The group will meet on Zoom on three Wednesdays: September 14, October 5, and October 26 from 4:00-5:15 PM (MT). These discussions are great ways to meet faculty from around the university and grow ideas about teaching. Sessions for spring 2023 will be announced at the end of fall semester.

Faculty are welcome to browse through recordings of past sessions on our web page ( Questions can be directed to Margaret Johnson at



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