Use Your LMS to Reclaim Your Syllabus

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Cutting to the chase Here is how to make your syllabi openly accessible online. Have your syllabi do less and then use your institution’s Learning Management System (LMS) to make up the difference and then some! I previously challenged the notion of “learning management” and championed what an LMS […]

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Repost: How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom with a Constitution

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies In Fall 2018, Cathy Davidson invited me to repost from the Teaching Hub to the HASTAC (Humanities and Sciences Technology and Collaborative) site. And so I am returning the favor this semester by reposting something I promised to write for HASTAC: “To follow up on my promise from last year, […]

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Thanks for Accommodating Your Students!

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Experiences with faculty are pivotal to everyone’s learning experience at our University. You, too, might remember more than a few teachers whose words and actions played a vital role in your education. In order to learn more about how we affect our students today at UA, a poll […]

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Blackboard Pro Tips Part 2: Stepping Up Students’ Blackboard Literacy

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies “We couldn’t find it on Blackboard!” Maybe you heard this about your syllabus? I heard this from my class after I returned their assignments online. Some people could not find their grades. Others could not find the general feedback I wrote about the assignment. Others still could not […]

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Blackboard Pro-Tips Part 1: Tweaking Your Course Shell

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies The College of Continuing Studies likely houses the most people on UA’s campus with a total mastery of Blackboard Learn. If you use Blackboard and want to quickly learn how to optimize it for your teaching, then the folks at CCS may well have the answers you are […]

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Syllabus: List, Table of Contents, Curriculum, Course (of Study), Program of Study, Course Outline, Timetable, Schedule, Calendar

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“Syllabus” is a Latin term which is used perform a variety of functions. For the Roman Catholic Church, it is a list of errors. For most educators, syllabi orient the program of teaching and learning for a specific class. Some teachers see their syllabus as a manifesto. Others understand how the syllabus enacts particular formations […]

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Adding Grades

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The syllabus charts out the machinery that makes the grades: learning goals and objectives, assignments and the grading policy. Once the term begins, the supporting technology must be put into action. Graded Assignments: Hard-Copy Versus Digital The advantages of hard-copy versus digital assignments vary. Plenty of storage hassles are avoided by grading and returning hard-copy assignments […]

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Student Privacy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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What is privacy? What is security? How do you establish the difference between the two? Popular conceptions of these terms may shift due to a variety of factors. The people who create and sell technologies have a vested interest in shifting our conceptions of privacy. In response to these corporate interests, the public interest of […]

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Getting Set Up so You Can Teach: Parking, Textbooks and Email

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Getting started at a new institution is never as simple as showing up on the first day of classes. Every institution has its own series of systems to organize their people for the sake of teaching a new cohort of students. Some of those systems are integrated, and some are discrete. There is no way […]

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Who are You Going to Call? Emergencies, Tech Support, Well-Being, UAct…

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Knowing whom to call for help or where to go for assistance can make the difference in a good teaching day. Sometimes little things like no sound in a classroom can throw off a good start. But there are more substantive issues, too, such as knowing how and where to direct a student in need. […]

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