JUN 2021 | CUES announces its fourth cohort of Distinguished Fellows

The four members of the fourth cohort of Center for University Education Scholarship fellows are setting their sights on addressing topics including bilingual journalism, climate change, augmented clinical simulations and Indigenous language preservation.  

"The fellowship program is the primary mechanism we have to enhance the learning experience at the University of Arizona and beyond by funding projects that center on scholarship and innovation in teaching learning and assessment," CUES director Guada Lozano, said. "Funding fellows at the level we do through private funds is rare. We're a gem in that sense."

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JUL 2020 | CUES announces 'Spanning Boundaries' winner and 2020 fellows

Year 2020 marked the debut of the themed Spanning Boundaries Challenge grant competition. The awarded team will tackle a promising multidisciplinary project: Developing Socially-Aware Quantitative Intuition.  Overall, this year's selected projects reflect the University of Arizona's goal of inclusive excellence at a critical time:

"Long-standing inequities exacerbated by the current pandemic and civic unrest have more widely crystallized the need for an intentional focus on equity," CUES director Guada Lozano, said. "I am proud that, in various ways, this year's CUES grantees are poised to enhance equity and diversity through three CUES Distinguished Fellowships and the first-ever CUES Spanning Boundaries Challenge grant."

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Updates on Our Center & Fellows

FEB 2020 | Carter Awarded CUES Distinguished Fellowship

In Bryan Carter’s virtual classroom, online education is moving toward a more immersive and interactive future.

This semester, Carter, director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Digital Humanities and an associate professor of Africana Studies, is launching a three-phase project to transform online teaching and learning, using 360-degree video broadcasting to give students an immersive virtual experience that brings the curriculum to life.  

What that means for students in Carter’s Introduction to African-American Literature class (AFAS 160) is a range of experiences, from a virtual office-hours conversation, to walking through Paris in the footsteps of expatriate writers like James Baldwin and Richard Wright, or stepping inside virtually recreated landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance.

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FEB 2020 | New CUES program is a unique opportunity for authentic faculty collaboration

Developing 21st century skills, enhancing students' quantitative intuition and building students' capacity for public scholarship are examples of overarching themes in education, "grand challenges" if you will. Such themes cut across disciplinary boundaries and attention to them can critically enhance the value of today's university education. But how exactly might such themes contribute to particular institutional goals or support faculty pursuits at the University of Arizona? How might they enable novel insights of value in the quickly evolving landscape of higher education?

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DEC 2019 | CUES Taking Preproposals for 'Spanning Boundaries Challenge'

The Center for University Education Scholarship is accepting preproposals from interdisciplinary faculty teams for a new program designed to address challenges impacting University education.

The Spanning Boundaries Challenge is the newest program within CUES, whose mission is to support scholarship and innovation in University teaching and learning practices. The winning team will receive up to $100,000 for two years starting in the fall of 2020.

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SEP 2019 | Building Community and Keeping Students' Attention: Teaching and Learning Scholar Offers Advice to UA Faculty

A nationally recognized scholar on teaching and learning gave UA faculty advice on stoking students' curiosity, fostering community in the classroom, building patterns and structure in teaching routines and more during presentations on campus last week.

James Lang, a professor of English and director of the D'Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, was brought to campus by the Center for University Education Scholarship. His presentations, given Thursday and Friday, were designed to help faculty start the semester off right and gain skills to be more effective teachers, especially with distracted students.

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JUN 2019 | UA Cross Fertilizing Academic Disciplines

Three professors – a scientist, a sociologist and a humanist – walk into the same classroom…

That may sound like the start of a joke, but it isn’t. It is exactly what is happening in a new general education course being test-driven at the University of Arizona.

The project is part of the university-wide CUES (Center for University Education Scholarship)  project in the honors college that will inform the UA Strategic Initiative 1.2A Design a new Gen Ed curriculum. Three professors – one each from the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities – are cooperatively teaching a diverse group of mainly freshmen students who, like their professors, come from across the intellectual spectrum.

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JUN 2019 | CUES Fellows Explore Ways to Transform Teaching and Learning

The Center for University Education Scholarship has welcomed a new class of Distinguished Fellows – and a new director.

This cohort, the center's second, is the first under CUES' new director, Guadalupe Lozano, who took the position about a year ago. Debra Tomanek, professor emerita of molecular and cellular biology, led the center after it was established in late 2016.

Lozano has been on the faculty in the Department of Mathematics since 2009, and is an associate research scientist and associate research professor. She is also director of external relations and evaluation for the School of Mathematical Sciences.

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MAR 2018 | Inaugural CUES Fellows AIM to Revolutionize Teaching and Learning

Six UA faculty members will explore ways to revolutionize teaching and learning across an array of disciplines as the inaugural cohort of the Center for University Education Scholarship's Distinguished Fellows.

The fellows, and their projects, were announced in late January.

The center, known as CUES, was established in late 2016 with a $3 million gift from a donor who asked not to be identified. The center aims to provide resources for all faculty to explore evidence-based teaching and learning.

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NOV 2017 | CUES Seminar - 'Using Research to Improve University Science Teaching'

The Center for University Education Scholarship (CUES), the UA Learning Initiative, and the Department of Physics are pleased to invite you to attend "Using Research to Improve University Science Teaching," featuring Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University, and author of "Improving How Universities Teach Science."

In the past few decades there has been great progress in research on teaching and learning. When the findings from this research have been applied in university classrooms, dramatic improvements in learning have been seen compared to traditional lecture instruction, particularly on tests that capture how well the student is able to make decisions like an expert in the subject. In this seminar, the Science Education Initiative will be highlighted to show how to achieve widespread adoption of these improved teaching methods in science departments at major research universities.

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MAY 2017 | Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is Key

The Center for University Education Scholarship (CUES) presents an interactive workshop titled "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!" by Saundra McGuire.

Description: 21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.

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FEB 2017 | UA Center Devoted to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The University of Arizona has established the Center for University Education Scholarship, which will create and advance knowledge related to innovative teaching and effective student learning.

The center, known as CUES, was created with a gift of more than $3 million from a donor who wanted to see real change in how teaching and learning "happens on the ground," said Provost Andrew Comrie. The donor has asked not to be identified.

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FEB 2017 | UA at 'Forefront' of Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Expert Says

Improving student learning doesn't require a dramatic overhaul, and some tactics can be immediately applied in any undergraduate course, an expert on memory and learning said during a symposium held by the University of Arizona on Friday.

Mark McDaniel, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education at Washington University in St. Louis, was the keynote speaker at "Learning Better," which was held by the newly created UA Center for University Education Scholarship.

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