Preparing to Teach

Student Privacy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

What is privacy? What is security? How do you establish the difference between the two? Popular conceptions of these terms may shift due to a variety of factors. The people who create and sell technologies have a vested interest in shifting our conceptions of privacy. In response to these corporate interests, the public interest of

Getting Started at UA: Parking, Textbooks, and Email

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Getting started at a new institution is never as simple as showing up on the first day of classes. Every institution has its own systems to organize people for the sake of teaching a new cohort of students. Some of those systems are integrated, and others are discrete. Even

Five Activities for the First Day of Class

by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) The first class meeting is an opportunity to clarify your goals and expectations for the course and to get acquainted with your students. Who are they, and what questions, hopes, and interests do they bring to the course? Here are a few first-day activities you can use

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.

For Graduate Students: Preparing to Teach

by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) As a graduate teaching assistant, you play an important role in the University of Alabama teaching community. The information and resources on this page are designed to help you prepare for your responsibilities — from the first day of class to final grade submission. Before the First

Overview of Flipped Learning

by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) Flipped learning is a blended learning model that reverses the typical order of content dispersal and acquisition. In a traditional, lecture-based class, the instructor delivers the basic material in class, and students practice new concepts on their own time. In the flipped model, students encounter new material

Overview of Active Learning

by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) Active learning requires students to participate in class rather than sitting and listening to lectures. Techniques include, but are not limited to, discussions, brief question-and-answer sessions, writing and reading assignments, hands-on activities, and peer instruction. In other words, active learning promotes a deeper, more engaging learning experience,