Rethinking How We Teach Pathophysiology: Bringing Games and Simulations into the Classroom

by Megan Lippe, Capstone College of Nursing Which sounds like a more exciting way to learn about the functions of the immune system: listening to an instructor lecture for three hours or playing a game of Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest? I would imagine most individuals would prefer the board game option. That is […]

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Some Workshops on ePortfolios Showed Me What I Missed in my Course Design Process

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies “An ePortfolio is not an ePortfolio is not an ePortfolio” is what Kathleen Yancey told us at a portfolio workshop hosted by UA’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Yancey said this shortly after asking everyone in the room to adopt a student’s perspective in evaluating example scenarios for ePortfolios. […]

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Texthelp Technology Solutions for Reading, Writing, Language Learning, and Math

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by Melissa Green, Emerging Technology and Accessibility The FRC Faculty Technology Showcase is a great place to learn how faculty are using technology to enhance learning, conduct research, and increase professional productivity. This year’s Showcase also marks the launch of the Texthelp tools now freely available to UA students, faculty, staff, and departments. Texthelp offers […]

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Marshmallow Launchers Spur Student Writing

by Donna Branyon, Department of English For the final project in EN 102 (freshman composition) and EN 319 (technical writing), we do versions of the marshmallow launcher project. Students are presented with an imaginary rhetorical situation: The UA Writing Center provides snacks for clients and consultants. They would like to be known as the most […]

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Teaching Slavery and Its Legacy Offers Unique Possibilities

by Hilary Green, Department of Gender and Race Studies Teaching slavery and its legacy offers unique possibilities. Since initial construction to April 4, 1865, the labor of enslaved men, women, and children had an integral role in shaping the University of Alabama (UA). By embracing this history and legacy in my classroom, I engage my […]

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Blackboard Testing Tips for Finals Week

Grades Here are some end-of-semester themed tutorials to assist you in wrapping up this Fall 2017 semester: Submitting Grades to myBama from Blackboard Non-Attendance Grading in myBama How to Download a Copy of the Grade Center from Blackboard Testing The FRC has also prepared some Testing Tips for instructors and students who will be using Blackboard […]

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Increasing Student Participation

Teach students to collaborate before expecting success. Doing group work, peer review, and other collaborative activities without prior training can lead to confusion and dead time in class. For maximum success, teach collaboration skills before starting group projects. ONE IDEA: Introduce peer review workshops at the beginning of the semester using a Fish Bowl approach. […]

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