Five Rules to Create Engaging, Legible Presentation Slides

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by Xabier Granja, Department of Modern Languages and Classics Picture this: you are teaching a content class that is not based on visual material. Maybe you cover centuries-old literary works or political movements that did not spark a major artistic style, so you have to rely on text. We live in an age where 92% […]

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12 Inclusive Syllabus Suggestions from the Critical Digital Pedagogy Workgroup, Plus…

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Our syllabi are among the first points of contact with our students. And if the scholarship showing that students’ first impressions of our courses typically last for the entire semester, then we should pay attention to how the syllabus is a crucial document. An ad-hoc group of 21 faculty […]

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A Guide to Managing Class Discussion in a Tense Atmosphere 

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by Cassander L. Smith and Lauren S. Cardon, Department of English On February 18, 2019, the Department of English hosted a one-day symposium, “Teaching with Tension,” that addressed the extent to which attitudes about race and political environments produce pedagogical challenges for professors in the humanities. The day’s discussion included the presentation of a document […]

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Under Pressure: Four Ways to Enable Academic Integrity

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by Alexandria Gholston, Department of English Imagine you are an Olympic athlete, and you are about to compete for your country. Imagine the pressure of having your family, friends, teammates, and your country all counting on you to represent them in front of the world. How would you handle such pressure? Would you fold, or […]

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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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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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