Teaching Information from the 2019 System Scholars Institute: Alabama Demographics, Collaboration, Academic Integrity, Online Services, and Diversity

Dr. Charles Nash opens the 2019 system scholars institute

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies The University of Alabama at Huntsville hosted the 12th annual System Scholars’ Institute, established by the Academic and Student Affairs department of the UA System office. UAH kindly posted all the available contents of the 15 presentations, keynote and plenary address. Here are five worth reviewing in-depth: 1. […]

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Insights From Around the Nation—in Alabama’s Teaching Theatre Course

students dancing

by Alex Ates, Department of Theatre and Dance As I exasperatingly jogged between terminals to catch the connecting flight from Boston, Massachusetts to Birmingham, Alabama, I couldn’t help but reel with delight by how wildly this semester was functioning. One day, I would be working with undergraduates in Boston, the next, in Tuscaloosa. As flexible […]

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Teaching Through Re-Reading

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by Albert D. Pionke, Department of English Although not specifically designed with the classroom in mind, Mill Marginalia Online offers instructors in philosophy, history, law, Classics, and English and European literature and culture the opportunity to incorporate Digital Humanities research results and methods into their courses. Each of these major subject areas is amply represented […]

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A Guide to Managing Class Discussion in a Tense Atmosphere 

Insect floating on the surface of water

by Cassander L. Smith and Lauren S. Cardon, Department of English On February 18, 2019, the Department of English hosted a one-day symposium, “Teaching with Tension,” that addressed the extent to which attitudes about race and political environments produce pedagogical challenges for professors in the humanities. The day’s discussion included the presentation of a document […]

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Surprise! Experiential Learning Course Design Assists Academic Integrity

by Karen Hollingsworth Gardiner I attended my first International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) conference in 2016. Fellow attendees repeatedly recommended James Lang’s Cheating Lessons (Harvard U P, 2013), which I found so eye-opening that the next year I applied for and became a Learning in Action Fellow. What’s the link? An explanation: Lang suggests […]

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Put Your Teaching on a Swivel

Swivl camera

by Kimberly A. Blitch, College of Human Environmental Sciences Our department (Human Development and Family Studies) is using SWIVL robot cameras in the 10 classrooms of The Children’s Program (TCP serves children from birth to age five). This technology supports our students — teacher candidates — in conducting video observations of their teaching and interactions […]

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Piloting ePortfolios in the First-Year Writing Program

Students working on ePortfolios in Dr. Kidd's classroom.

by Jessica Fordham Kidd, Department of English On February 22, 2019, Natalie Loper, Brooke Champagne, and I participated in the FRC’s Faculty Technology Showcase with a presentation on the First-Year Writing Program’s (FWP) ePortfolio Pilot program, which is in its second semester. This ePortfolio initiative was inspired by Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey’s visit to UA […]

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Electronic Whiteboard Alternatives in Large Lecture Halls

large enrollment classroom

by Diana Leung, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry The Large Classroom Challenge Since chemistry is a visual subject, where structures must be drawn out, problems worked through, and equations presented, the use of handwritten notes is critical. During my time at in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Alabama, I have […]

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Writing Across Media: A Hands-On Exploration of New Literacies

Cartoon created by a student in EN 313

by Donna Branyon, Department of English In English 313: Writing Across Media (WAM) fall 2018, we examined modes of communicating, identified the conventions of media, and created several multimedia presentations. We looked at new media theories, including topics such as process, authorship, affect, design, and multimodality. Additionally, we spent a great deal of time exploring […]

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