by Dean Townsley, Department of Physics and Astronomy 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 between those two is the essence of authentication and highlights the importance of DUO,
by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) If you’re searching for video streaming services, 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
by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) This list includes the digital tools available at The University of Alabama, plus a few free or low-cost options from around the web. Annotation Hypothes.is is a free annotation tool that allows you to comment on any blog, website, article, or document. You simply create an account and
Blackboard offers a variety of style options to help you personalize your course, including custom banners, multimedia content, and more.
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.
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
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.
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.
by Elliot Blair, Department of Anthropology 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 dedicated toward utilizing Web 2.0 interfaces (e.g., social media sites,
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