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Technology delivers award-winning teaching tips for faculty

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An Iowa State team has received recognition for its innovative implementation to deliver teaching tips to faculty. In addition to receiving a weekly tip via email, faculty have an opportunity to participate in periodic virtual classroom visits through a series of brief video clips offering a view into a fellow faculty member‘s classroom.

Different learning, teaching, and large classroom management strategies are quickly highlighted, all viewable over the network via streaming video on the user‘s computer. The clips provide faculty with a quick glimpse at different strategies that they can then apply to their own teaching.

The clips are viewable using the free downloadable software Real Player. For those who do not currently have Real Player on their computer, it is available at The video teaching tips are at, under the heading of Virtual Classroom Visits.

For this innovative approach, Iowa State received recognition at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network annual conference November 5, 2004 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team‘s project, ’Just in Time Faculty Development: Teaching Tips and Video Clips“ received one of five finalist awards in POD‘s 2004 Innovation Award competition. Members of the team include project leader Corly Brooke, Director for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Pam Milloy, Program Coordinator, CELT, (now at Grand View College), Jim Twetten, Interim Director of the Instructional Technology Center (ITC), and the ITC‘s Creative Services production group.

The POD Innovation Awards are presented to individuals who have implemented creative ideas for instructional, faculty, and/or organizational development. Projects competing for the awards are evaluated on originality, impact, transferability, and cost/time effectiveness. Further information on the POD Innovation awards can be found at

For further information on Iowa State's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, contact Corly Brooke at 515-294-2906 or .