Repost: Perpetually Silent Students

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A recent post from Stanford’s Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter features some great tips for engaging students in class discussions: Crickets refers to utter silence across an entire class, but the problem we’re addressing here pertains to individual students who never talk or post. The possible reasons for silence are numerous. Students may be shy, reserved, or introverted; […]

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Use Your LMS to Reclaim Your Syllabus

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Cutting to the chase Here is how to make your syllabi openly accessible online. Have your syllabi do less and then use your institution’s Learning Management System (LMS) to make up the difference and then some! I previously challenged the notion of “learning management” and championed what an LMS […]

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Repost: How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom with a Constitution

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies In Fall 2018, Cathy Davidson invited me to repost from the Teaching Hub to the HASTAC (Humanities and Sciences Technology and Collaborative) site. And so I am returning the favor this semester by reposting something I promised to write for HASTAC: “To follow up on my promise from last year, […]

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Thanks for Accommodating Your Students!

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Experiences with faculty are pivotal to everyone’s learning experience at our University. You, too, might remember more than a few teachers whose words and actions played a vital role in your education. In order to learn more about how we affect our students today at UA, a poll […]

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Blackboard Pro Tips Part 2: Stepping Up Students’ Blackboard Literacy

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies “We couldn’t find it on Blackboard!” Maybe you heard this about your syllabus? I heard this from my class after I returned their assignments online. Some people could not find their grades. Others could not find the general feedback I wrote about the assignment. Others still could not […]

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Blackboard Pro-Tips Part 1: Tweaking Your Course Shell

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies The College of Continuing Studies likely houses the most people on UA’s campus with a total mastery of Blackboard Learn. If you use Blackboard and want to quickly learn how to optimize it for your teaching, then the folks at CCS may well have the answers you are […]

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Zooming Your Students to Rescheduled Classes

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by Todd Hutner, Curriculum and Instruction Like many faculty members, my professional obligations sometimes take me away from campus — guest speaking invitations, data collection for research projects, professional development workshops for science teachers both in Alabama and nationally, and conferences. All of these commitments require I leave Tuscaloosa for two or more days at […]

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Zoom Your Students into Campus Classrooms to Authentically Teach Research Practices

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What if you needed students from another campus to take part in your class sessions? What would you do? How would you do it? Professor Todd Hutner has a solution to this challenge. What do you think? by Todd Hutner, Curriculum and Instruction One of the required classes in the science teacher education program focuses […]

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The Benefits of Co-Writing with Students

Mairin Odle figured out one way to solve one core issue of teaching excellence across the university curriculum: how do students learn to write well in their discipline? Dr. Odle’s solution is to co-write alongside her students through a series of essay-related assignments. She writes that “Major writing assignments in this course are scaffolded, meaning […]

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Making History to Promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

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by Ellen Griffith Spears, New College Learning the lessons of history is crucial to promoting diversity and achieving justice. University of Alabama students’ involvement in historical research on racial discrimination led to them “making history” in two ways — by writing about past events and by advancing the work of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and […]

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