Director's Updates

Co-creating with Students

Co-creation was the broad theme for this year's symposium and we were delighted to host Professor Alison Cook-Sather as our keynote. As you may recall, we defined co-creation in higher education as a collection of practices from leadership and administration, through curriculum design, to classroom activities, that demand the engagement of students in ways that set aside – as far as is possible – the dynamic of teacher-pupil and other established hierarchies.

Bridging the Divide

The impression that teaching in a university is done by one kind of person and research by another has grown alongside the reality in many cases. While this is not the only reason the CTT is launching a formal process of recognition for effective teaching and learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and we don’t imagine for a moment we can resolve the aforementioned divides, it does seem valuable to us to help build a community around teaching and learning that shares particular values and practices.

Teaching, Learning and Co-creation

There are significant benefits for students, faculty, staff, and the institution itself from co-creation activities. Students gain more agency and develop leadership skills. They also develop stronger connections to their departments and the University.

Diversity Regimes

Recently the CTT team was invited to participate in a session exploring this question of belonging in college and to do this in a way that focuses on what we might do individually and in our units to promote a sense of belonging among first-generation and other underrepresented groups.

Director's Update: December 2020

What has impressed me at this university, has been the work undertaken at all stages and by individuals from every corner. This feels genuinely different to several organizations I have worked in where much was said, and little was done.

Director's Update for March 2020

Taking a university the size of ours to remote teaching is an extraordinary challenge. We have, however, made a start.

Director's Update for May 2020

Hello again, and welcome to the CTT! I’m Nick Monk, Director, and I want to update you on some of the things we’re involved with at present beyond helping the university plan its teaching and learning for the fall.

The Rise of ADHD and how to Combat It

In a recent article in The Conversation, psychologist Allyson G. Harrison notes a huge rise in reporting of ADHD symptoms during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Harrison reports that "we’ve only diagnosed about five percent of these people with ADHD. This finding is consistent with other studies showing that most of the time, later-onset symptoms of ADHD are due to something else."

Building Reputation to Dismantle Misinformation

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. In a society in which nothing is believed, power fills the void vacated by truth, and the path to authoritarianism is opened.

Flip or Lecture: where's the evidence?

The public lecture has been out of fashion in higher education pedagogy for some time. And there seems to me to be a good reason for this. For every performance that kept me glued to my seat, afraid to move, there have been half a dozen where I have felt just plain bored.

Director's Update: February 2021

Those of us who spend our working lives in universities are fond of predictions. A kind of secular prophecy that emerges from the practice of advancing and testing hypotheses. There is nothing like a full-blown crisis for bringing this tendency to the fore.

Director's Update: January 2021

What exactly should be the role of a teaching and learning center in a university like ours? There are a whole range of views.

Director's Update: November 2020

Professor Ken Robinson was one of the best-known and creative thinkers on education of the last 50 years. He sought to free us from the shackles placed upon us by those who use education for political purposes.

Director's Update: October 2020

The shift in the attitudes of young people according to rigid doctrines of the right or the left may well be a significant feature driving a less civil environment and moving students along a path to possible radicalization. But what can we do to address these issues?

Director's Update: September 2020

The way learning is understood in universities around the world has changed fundamentally in the last 15-20 years. Ideas and practices such as student engagement, the co-creation of knowledge, undergraduate research, interactive learning, peer evaluation, and others that are now commonplace in our institutional culture, were either unheard of, were in their infancy, or existed in highly specialized niches.

Director's Update: August 2020

As Nebraska’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program celebrates the end of its summer session with a virtual showcase of student projects, and as the new academic year gets underway, it’s an ideal moment to consider the benefits of undergraduate research.

Director's Update for July 2020

All of us at the Center for Transformative Teaching are proud to have had the opportunity to support the hundreds of instructors we have interacted with in workshops, the summer institutes, and one-to-one consultations since the move online in the spring.

Director's Update for June 2020

All of us at the Center for Transformative Teaching were saddened and angered by the senseless death of George Floyd in May. We remember, too, the many other black lives unnecessarily and unjustly lost in this country.

Director's Update for June 2020

Whatever the challenges we face, the CTT is committed to supporting all instructors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in their teaching. We seek to identify and share best practices across a range of pedagogies.

Director's Update for April 2020

I’m Nick Monk, Director of the CTT. I want to share with you some of the things the CTT is doing at the moment, and also write a little about communication and connection.

Director's Update for April 2020

The big news this week is, of course, that the summer courses will all move online. Just as we were for the remainder of the Spring Term, all the members of the CTT team are poised to help with the transition.