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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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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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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Call for Proposals: Bama by Distance Faculty Research Fellows Program

The College of Continuing Studies is proud to offer the competitive Bama By Distance Faculty Research Fellows Program, which provides funding support for up to five Bama By Distance faculty who are interested in pursuing systematic, rigorous investigation into the enhancement of online teaching and learning. Research projects will be followed by dissemination of scholarly work […]

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Speed ∝ Quality ∝ Cost – Can Any Ed-Tech Idea Avoid the Iron Triangle?

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Learning might be the wicked problem in higher education. It’s inescapable. So when a headline like “Can Artificial Intelligence Make Grading Fairer and Faster?” is published in a leading ed-tech publication, people notice. The article was about a platform called Gradescope, whose tagline is “Grade Faster. Teach better.” […]

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Interactive Map Brings Art History to Life

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Hoping to make her online course match the in-class experience, Jenny Tucker teamed up with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center and Katy Allen of the College of Continuing Studies to build an interactive map for her Survey of Art course. ARTmap, as it’s officially called, combines a multilayered Google map with multimedia and discussion elements to create a richer online learning […]

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