The OIRT Blog

The OIRT Blog

Any new teaching strategy comes with challenges, but don’t despair…we’ve got answers! The latest Active Learning Community workshop offered a host of ideas, solutions, and tips to help with frequent questions and challenges associated with incorporating active learning into the classroom. Read on for some frequently asked questions and advice on how to deal with […]
The semester is coming to a close and final exams are right around the corner!  But some of you might already have next semester on your mind, especially if you are planning on teaching your first course online. Take a look at this video to hear how Political Science professor, Dan Herman, prepared to teach […]
Remember your student days?  No, not the parties.  I mean your classes.  Perhaps you recall being in a course with a professor who assigned a ton of homework which they hardly ever gave feedback for, created impossible-to-pass exams, and had a grading system that seemed unfair. Or, perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to take a difficult […]
Group work facilitates collaborative thinking and learning, but it’s important to think meaningfully about how groups are formed. Should they pick their teammates? Should you randomly assign them? Should you use some other method entirely? And once they’re in those groups, how do you actually make sure they work together? The Active Learning Community held […]
Many higher education institutions, including Rutgers, have seen a big push towards making websites and course content accessible.  This is due, in part, to intensifying scrutiny by the federal government but also because more and more studies are showing that measures taken to ensure that content is accessible help EVERYONE learn better. Recently Oregon State […]