The Center for Transformative Teaching is committed to student success through inclusive, innovative, research-informed teaching. In alignment with the N2025 strategy, the CTT offers the three grant programs to support UNL faculty in creating transformative learning experiences that engage students in co-creating knowledge, increasing interdisciplinary inquiry, demonstrating achievement, and preparing for their futures.
In a cross-disciplinary seminar facilitated by Dr. Josh Brummer, an assistant professor of practice in the Mathematics department, the undergraduate learning assistants engaged in a semester-long course aimed at improving their understanding of effective teaching and learning techniques.
Last year, UNL participated in its first-ever ICUR, or the International Conference of Undergraduate Research. Seven students presented their research to a global audience. UNL will again participate in 2021 and seeks to increase the number of students presenting.
There is a widespread belief that one of the principal problems that affect our students is that they are gullible. The opposite is the truth and it is cynicism that is afflicting our students. The problem is that such cynicism is so widespread and broad-based that not only the most unlikely and improbable stories in the media are regarded with suspicion by students, so are the most carefully researched, scientifically based, and truthful ones. In a society in which nothing is believed, power fills the void vacated by truth, and the path to authoritarianism is opened.
There are many ways to teach online and finding what works best for you and your students is often a mix of recommended best practices and techniques refined over time. This collection of examples shows how research-based instructional strategies have been implemented in online courses at UNL.
The popular "speed sessions" where instructors share teaching strategies in short 5-minute presentations are in an online poster presentation format for this spring's symposium. Please browse the 'posters,' using the navigation options on the right side of the screen.
These resources will help you build courses that are more inclusive of the diverse student body at UNL. We recommend starting with the Strategies and Practices for Inclusive Excellence page, which is an overarching guide to best practices for inclusive teaching. The other resources outline strategies to address specific challenges you may face in your courses.
For the Fall 2020 semester, space in the DLC testing center will be limited and unable to accommodate prior years' usage levels. Consequently, DLC users may need to reconsider their use of the space and their assessment strategies. Instructors may want to choose alternative assessments, make use of online proctoring tools, reduce their use of the DLC center, or some mix of multiple options
In addition to the Digital Learning Commons testing center, UNL currently provides three software products for online proctoring: Respondus Lockdown, Respondus Lockdown+Monitor, and ProctorU. Each provides different levels of monitoring.