2019 Online Learning Innovation Summit – the Notes are in the (UA) Box!

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies I am happy to write that for a third year now OLIS brought together a cross-campus group of faculty, staff, and administrators. A record-setting 143 people attended the event supported by eight UA divisions (listed below). The objective of OLIS is to spark conversations about online teaching and learning […]

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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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Digital Fluency: It’s More Than Just the Tools

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by James Hardin, College of Education As someone who teaches others how to appropriately enhance instructional practices through the integration of technology, I am constantly on the lookout for tech-related experiences that will help improve my craft. When asked if I was interested in joining a group of fellow educators from UA in attending the […]

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Reflections on Inclusion and Equity in Digitally Mediated Learning Spaces

by Heather Pleasants, Office of Institutional Effectiveness After returning from the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute (DPL)*, writing a post about “Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Digital Classrooms” seemed to make sense. However, I encountered a few challenges right away: Challenge #1: Who wants to read a blog post that starts with “assessing?”  (…crickets) Challenge […]

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8 Reasons Why Your LMS is Awesome for Teaching and Learning (Yes, Eight)

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies This week, I learned about digital literacies.* My workshop leader was Jade Davis, the Manager of Digital Projects at Columbia University Library. Right at the beginning of the workshop, she stated why she loves the LMS. I have previously expressed skepticism about the LMS. Dr. Davis helped crystallize how […]

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Implicit Design Principles: One Does Not Merely Sit

In “Implicit Design Principles: One Does Not Merely Sit,” Dr. Jennifer Roth-Burnette, head and assistant director of the ITAS Innovation Team, considers questions from the Digital Pedagogy Lab about implicit and explicit design principles: It was easy for me to think about the explicit principles that form part of my institution’s approach to design:  clarity, […]

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