Building A Teaching Hub with UA+Box

by Deborah Keene, Department of Geological Sciences The Teaching Hub inspired me to start something similar for my own department. I teach GEO 101 every semester for the Department of Geological Sciences. The other faculty kindly share information and resources with one another, but I found that a departmental “teaching hub” could solve several problems […]

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#2017Scholars at The University of Alabama

Next week, some amazing people from across the three University of Alabama campuses will gather for the 2017 UA System Scholars Institute, to be held May 15-16 at Bryant Conference Center. Through a series of events, the Institute aims to foster discussion and collaboration between institutions on topics related to teaching and learning. Although you are asked […]

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A Taste of the Tide: Digital Humanities + Experiential Learning

by Lauren Cardon, Department of English Incorporating a digital humanities (DH) assignment and emphasizing experiential learning are two of the best ways to implement active learning techniques in the classroom. Fortunately, UA provides an excellent range of pedagogical resources on campus like the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC) , Learning in Action (LIA), and the Active […]

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Details and Procedures: Returning Hand-Graded Exams Electronically

This post details the grading process described in “Scan and Deliver! Personalized Feedback in Large Classes.” We printed individual labels with each student’s name; on each label, the corresponding CWID was encoded in a Code 39 barcode. We used standard 1″ x 2 5/8″ addressing labels, 30 per page, for which MS Word has built-in templates. […]

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Scan and Deliver! Personalized Feedback in Large Classes

by Marco Bonizzoni and Diana Leung, Department of Chemistry Organic chemistry is a surprisingly visual discipline. Molecules, the fundamental entities of chemistry, exist as 3D objects whose shapes often profoundly influence their properties, so students must learn the visual language of the discipline, which attempts to convey the nature of these three-dimensional objects through two-dimensional drawings. […]

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Call for Proposals: A&S Summer Teaching Grants

The College of Arts and Sciences is currently accepting proposals for teaching grants. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to tenured, tenure-track, and NTRC faculty for projects beginning Summer 2017. Grants are limited to $2,000, and the College typically awards three. The College recently released its Strategic Diversity Plan, confirming its commitment to […]

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Student Perspectives: Civility, Dialogue, and Inclusion

Lane McLelland, director of Crossroads Community Center, asked students how they wish to experience civility, inclusion, and dialogue in the classroom. Here’s what they had to say. Consider the classroom space “Simply rearranging the classroom space can astronomically enhance the civility and inclusivity of a classroom. Traditional classrooms tend to not only be intimidating but […]

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Ceci n’est pas une Ban: Engaging Travel Restrictions with Students

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, a good many marginally political events have become thoroughly politicized: post-Super Bowl White House visits, the Grammys, and yes, the granting of visas to visitors or would-be immigrants to the United States. But unlike the Super Bowl or the Grammys, many Americans have only the most rudimentary […]

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“My Worst Hour Happy Hour”: The Highlight Reel

The Teaching Happy Hour is an opportunity for A&S faculty and instructors to gather in an informal setting and share their ideas and strategies for the classroom. This year, the theme was “My Worst Hour Happy Hour,” and to enter the happy hour room, faculty had to describe their worst hour teaching and what they did […]

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Diversity and Inclusion in Math Courses

by David Cruz-Uribe, Department of Mathematics Diversity and inclusion really have nothing to do with the subject of mathematics, per se. Mathematics is among the most abstract and universal of human disciplines. Pure mathematicians work hard to strip their subject of anything contingent, anything to close to the “real world.” Attempts to decolonize mathematics, or […]

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