Class Provides Music Therapy to Local Community

by Ellary Draper, School of Music As music therapy faculty, I am fortunate to teach multiple courses that include service learning opportunities. Service learning courses provide music therapy majors with opportunities to apply information from the classroom to clinical settings. These ‘real life experiences’ help students learn if music therapy is truly their desired career path, […]

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Incivility in the Classroom

by Lisa Dorr, Associate Dean Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed concerning instances of bigotry and hate, and many may question whether it is possible to foster civil dialogue about the problems that face the nation and the world. While these events have been horrifying, as Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, wrote, […]

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Service-Learning in Medical Anthropology

by Lesley Jo Weaver, Department of Anthropology In the academy, we often bemoan the fragility of millennial college students — this generation whose protective parents insulate them from the risk of failure (for instance, see this 2012 Chronicle of Higher Education article). How, such discourses often ask, do we snap students out of their protective bubbles? […]

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Learning that Sticks: Class Partners with Local Hispanic Community

Granja’s students offer translation services to the Tuscaloosa Hispanic community.

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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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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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Students Create a Cathedral on the Quad

by Jennifer Feltman, Department of Art & Art History Last week, students from my Late Medieval and Gothic Cathedrals courses worked together to layout the plan of a cathedral on the Quad using only simple tools: wooden stakes, mallets, string, and a straight edge. After about 3 hours work, they had the outlines of a […]

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5 Digital Tools for Formative Assessment

Recently, as my students were writing their research papers, I asked them to paste their thesis statements into a shared Google Doc for peer review. Working in groups of 3 to 4, they then read their peers’ thesis statements and offered some constructive feedback — all in the same document, at the same time. Of […]

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Creating Personal, Interactive Online Courses

A few weeks ago, I participated in a strategy swap at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference on engaging students online. Everyone agreed that engagement is critical to online learning, yet we couldn’t decide how, exactly, to facilitate connection and interactivity beyond the usual tactics — video, quizzes, discussion boards, group projects. With this in mind, […]

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Serial and Student Writing

by Sarah Pilcher, Department of English In July, I heard the news that a Baltimore judge had overturned Adnan Syed’s 1999 murder conviction. I hadn’t listened to Sarah Koenig’s wildly popular podcast Serial in 2014, but I remembered Syed’s name from discussions between friends and colleagues. Because it was a lazy-hazy-crazy day of summer, I […]

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