The University of Iowa

Teaching innovation the topic of December 6 WorldCanvass

November 19th, 2013

Education is at or near the top of virtually every list of national concerns.  Should there be common core standards that apply across the nation? Can students learn in overcrowded classrooms?  How does poverty affect educational results?  How do we prepare today’s students for the fast-changing, global economy?  And what can be done to make the cost of higher education more affordable? 

The answers to these and other questions are complex and varied, but one thing is certain….effective teaching plays a critical role in the learning success of students.  On the next WorldCanvass, host Joan Kjaer and her guests will discuss teaching innovation with a focus on creative and high-impact ways teachers are engaging the minds of University of Iowa students, contributing to both student academic success and faculty professional development.

The live event takes place on Friday, December 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.

The discussion, which is held before a live audience and taped for later television, radio, and internet distribution, will be broken into four segments:

*New approaches, better results?--Jean Florman, director, Center for Teaching; Maggie Jesse, senior IT director, ITS Instructional Services; Wayne Jacobson, UI assessment director

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*Big Ideas courses--Cornelia Lang, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Andrew Forbes, assistant professor, Department of Biology; John Logsdon, associate professor, Department of Biology

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*Teaching contexts--Alison Bianchi, associate professor, Department of Sociology; Sarah Vigmostad, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Frank Durham, associate professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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*Teaching with technology--David McGraw, lecturer, Division of Performing Arts; George de la Peña, associate professor and chair, Department of Dance

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WorldCanvass brings together faculty, scholars, students, and community experts to engage in rich, intimate, interdisciplinary conversations on a variety of subjects. The program is produced by International Programs in partnership with the Pentacrest Museums, UITV, and KRUI radio.

UITV distributes the televised series. WorldCanvass is also be available on KRUI radio and online at the Public Radio Exchange, the International Programs website (, and as an iTunes podcast.

For more information, visit the WorldCanvass Web page.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this eve, contact Kjaer in advance at or at 319-335-2026.