Building A Teaching Hub with UA+Box

by Deborah Keene, Department of Geological Sciences The Teaching Hub inspired me to start something similar for my own department. I teach GEO 101 every semester for the Department of Geological Sciences. The other faculty kindly share information and resources with one another, but I found that a departmental “teaching hub” could solve several problems […]

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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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Apps Offer Intro to Digital Mapping

by Elliot Blair, Department of Anthropology A couple of weeks ago, I attended the annual Teaching Professor Technology Conference, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. A quick glance at the program showed that at least half of the sessions were oriented towards online classes (not something I currently teach), while the remainder were largely […]

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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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Do You Kahoot?

by Michael J. Altman, Department of Religious Studies Games are fun. Quizzes are not. But games can make quizzes more fun. That’s what I have learned by experimenting with the Kahoot, an interactive learning game, in my REL 130: Religion, Politics, and Law course. I discovered Kahoot during the Teaching Professor Technology Conference a few […]

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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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Apps for Better Class Participation

My father was a gadget man. He loved a new doo-dad. Even something called a “heat bar,” an aluminum hunk you plugged into a wall socket, whereupon it would (wait for it . . .) get hot. He bought a truck-load he was going to sell to keep Alabamian’s pipes from freezing. That – well […]

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Pecha Kucha A Perfect Complement to Writing Courses

by Jessica Fordham Kidd, Department of English My favorite presentation from The Teaching Professor Technology Conference 2016 was Dr. Gloria Niles’s presentation “Pecha Kucha: Multimedia Alternative to Term Papers for Digitial Natives.” Prior to this session, I was familiar with the term Pecha Kucha, but I had never given much thought to how it might […]

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