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The September 2013 issue of the NEA Higher Education Advocate contains an interesting section on innovative and effective teaching paradigms, in particular the “Mentor-from-the-Middle” model founded by Erica McWilliams, in order to reach today’s college students. The article provides shocking statistics, such that students’ attention spans during an average lecture last only approximately 10 minutes. […]


AAC&U Global Learning Project

The Association of American Colleges and Universities, or AAC&U embarked on a project in order to create a VALUE rubric to measure global learning. VALUE rubrics are a piece of the AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) project. The AAC&U has created multiple VALUE rubrics, including rubrics for information literacy, written communication, […]


Ongoing Research at URI

Every other year, URI distributes the National Survey of Student Engagement to first year and senior students. This year, we offered 4 iPad mini’s as incentives for participation, and had a record number of students participate! In fact, URI had more students participate than the average of similar size institutions. Our past results are archived here. […]


How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching Are you looking for a bit of summer reading? The Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CITLA) at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) is sponsoring a book discussion in Fall 2013 on “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.” CCRI has […]

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In 3…2…1… Introducing the Little Assignment with a Big Impact

The June 2013 National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Newsletter contained an article titled “The Little Assignment with the Big Impact: Reading, Writing, Critical Reflection, and Meaningful Discussion” by Dr. Geraldine Van Gyn. The article focused on a short assignment designed to increase engagement and participation among students, informally known as “the 3-2-1″, due […]


Have you been pondering how to get students to pay attention in class, despite all of the modern technological distractions?

Have you been pondering how to get students to pay attention in class, despite all of the modern technological distractions? A past issue of the National Higher Education Advocate (NEA) contains an article entitled “Thriving in Academe: Reflections on Helping Students Learn” by Jim Therrell of Central Michigan University. The article provides teachers with a short […]


Librarians speak nationally about their commitment to improving Information Literacy

The information literacy (IL) project at URI was recently brought into the national spotlight in Nashville, TN at the 41st annual LOEX Conference. The project began with a goal of elevating the importance information literacy in the undergraduate URI educational experience, and evaluating the achievement of information literacy by URI students. URI faculty librarians, Mary […]


National Survey of Student Engagement Participation was Through the Roof!

   The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), an online survey offered to URI freshmen and seniors two years at URI, was back again this spring, 2013! Overall, 1.6 million students at more than 620 institutions were invited to participate in the survey. Our students did an amazing job with survey participation! Approximately 30% of URI freshmen and seniors […]


Mini-grant for Graduate programs

Mini-grant RFP for Graduate programs in assessment reporting cohort II Graduate programs are being phased into the assessment of student learning outcomes during a two-year process, first submitting an Assessment Plan, and the following year, submitting an Assessment report.The mini-grant is offered to support the foundational work necessary for programs to complete the assessment process. The due date for proposals has […]


4-Year Wabash Study – URI results in! Success of the Visit on March 28th

Over 75 faculty and staff attended the Wabash visit on March 28th and heard Charles     Blaich and Kathy Wise describe the overall results of the 4-year longitudinal study, as well as information targeted to URI.  The morning session was a wonderful opportunity to embark in an open conversation with programs in Student Affairs, in […]

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