Critical Digital Pedagogy in the Modern Classroom: Expectations Vs. Reality

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by Cherelle Young, Tuscaloosa City Schools What is Critical Digital Pedagogy? Kate Molloy, a learning technologist with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at NUI Galway and a peer from the Digital Pedagogy Lab, gave a good, easy-to-understand definition of Critical Digital Pedagogy: “CDP is the practice of reflective, critical teaching in a digital space. We must remain conscious […]

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Digital Literacy: A Critical Approach

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies On April 18, 1831, the faculty of four men at The University of Alabama opened its doors to fifty-two male students. The campus eventually looked something like this: The photo exhibits what some call the built environment of the original UA campus. Scholarly research on the built environment focuses […]

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Syllabus: List, Table of Contents, Curriculum, Course (of Study), Program of Study, Course Outline, Timetable, Schedule, Calendar

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“Syllabus” is a Latin term which is used perform a variety of functions. For the Roman Catholic Church, it is a list of errors. For most educators, syllabi orient the program of teaching and learning for a specific class. Some teachers see their syllabus as a manifesto. Others understand how the syllabus enacts particular formations […]

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Adding Grades

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The syllabus charts out the machinery that makes the grades: learning goals and objectives, assignments and the grading policy. Once the term begins, the supporting technology must be put into action. Graded Assignments: Hard-Copy Versus Digital The advantages of hard-copy versus digital assignments vary. Plenty of storage hassles are avoided by grading and returning hard-copy assignments […]

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Student Privacy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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What is privacy? What is security? How do you establish the difference between the two? Popular conceptions of these terms may shift due to a variety of factors. The people who create and sell technologies have a vested interest in shifting our conceptions of privacy. In response to these corporate interests, the public interest of […]

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Getting Set Up so You Can Teach: Parking, Textbooks and Email

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Getting started at a new institution is never as simple as showing up on the first day of classes. Every institution has its own series of systems to organize their people for the sake of teaching a new cohort of students. Some of those systems are integrated, and some are discrete. There is no way […]

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Who are You Going to Call? Emergencies, Tech Support, Well-Being, UAct…

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Knowing whom to call for help or where to go for assistance can make the difference in a good teaching day. Sometimes little things like no sound in a classroom can throw off a good start. But there are more substantive issues, too, such as knowing how and where to direct a student in need. […]

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Three Kinds of Unknowns You MightShould Know… (Or, Cracking Open Some Johari Windows)

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You mightshould.   While strolling through the Kentuck Festival in 2013, I saw these words printed on a postcard made by the Southern Letter Press. I thought the phrase was odd. I thought the phrase did not exist. I asked a friend what it meant, and she said people say it all the time. Technically speaking, the sentence above […]

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