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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Four Questions for Teaching in the Real World

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies I think educators have responsibilities to equip their students for the real world (rather than so-called “jobs of the future”). One of the most real aspects of our students’ worlds is their data streams. Since I began teaching in 2005, I have never presumed students would avoid going […]

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Voyant Tools on the REL Blog: Isn’t this Ex-Site-ing?

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Voyant Tools allows you to read web pages. Voyant helps you do analysis of sites, too. The kind of reading done by Voyant might be called “scraping,” which covers activities such as text analysis, statistical analysis, and data mining. In order words, Voyant may help you pull things out […]

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Digital Tools, Foreign Lands, and Flying Machines*

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies How would you prepare to visit a foreign country where English is not the primary language? How would you prepare to take along children? How do your ideas about preparing to travel compare to how you prepare to use digital tools? Does the analogy extend to how you […]

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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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Searching for Tributaries of Digital Fluency

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Digital fluency is a 2018 buzzword among those who likely also said words like disruption, MOOC, future, digital natives, etc. etc. You know. The “glaze or blaze” words of higher education. Thanks to a workshop with Lee Skallerup-Bessette, I learned to rethink “digital fluency” with the familiar metaphor of the tributary. […]

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