Should Your Classes Be Like Fiefdoms or Fandoms?

Technically speaking, I am not a fan. Fans are found in fandoms, which are communities who generate a shared discourse on a fiction narrative. Fans make the narrative their own by inserting and adding their own narratives to the fiction. Fans avidly share their creations and enthusiastically evaluate each other’s work. Fan communities establish norms […]

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Roll Data! Teaching with Datasets

By Vincent F. Scalfani, University Libraries You may be aware of the rich information resources that UA Libraries provides to the campus community. For example, UA Libraries provides access to over 3 million print volumes, 1.5 million electronic books, and 200,000 electronic journals. These resources are easily discoverable from our Scout database and our E-Journals […]

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Who is Allowed to Do That? DUO at UA

by Dean Townsley, Department of Physics and Astronomy Did you hear about the student who hacked his own grades more than 90 times? Passwords are often the basis for authentication. Who is allowed to set the grades of the students in a course? The instructor. Well, at least anyone who knows the instructor’s password. The difference […]

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Video Content: What’s on the Menu at UA?

If you’re searching for video streaming services, look no further. Gorgas Library offers a range of video collections you can use in your courses, and most of them allow you to embed clips directly in Blackboard. There are even options for creating video clips and playlists if you need more control. Criterion Collection Criterion Collection […]

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Tech Toolbox: Polling, Collaboration, and More

This list includes the digital tools available at The University of Alabama, plus a few free or low-cost options from around the web. Collaboration Flipgrid Flipgrid is a video discussion tool, which displays topics and videos in a neat grid. You add the topics and students reply with short videos — pretty simple. Flipgrid can […]

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Blackboard Personalization Tips

Blackboard offers a variety of style options to help you personalize your course, including custom banners, multimedia content, and more.

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Building A Teaching Hub with UA+Box

Deborah Keene created a “teaching hub” for the Department of Geological Sciences, where faculty can share slides, syllabi, test questions and more. Now everyone can search and find what they need for their classes, and they get an inside look into how other faculty teach.

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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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