online learning

Zooming Your Students to Rescheduled Classes

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

Zoom Your Students into Campus Classrooms to Authentically Teach Research Practices

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?

8 Reasons Why Your LMS is Awesome for Teaching and Learning (Yes, Eight)

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

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

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

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.”

Gathering Real-World Video for Online Classes

by Meredith Cummings, Journalism and Creative Media When I started my Follow My Lede project in March of 2017, my goal was to drive 10,000 miles over six months (it took me 10) and visit dozens of newsrooms while chronicling American journalism. I was interested in holding a mirror up to the media and the

Creating Accessible Online Courses

by Jessica Porter, Office of Educational Technology (eTech) This post answers some of the most frequently asked questions about online course accessibility. To learn more about the accessibility of specific instructional technologies, visit accessibility.ua.edu or consult the official documentation for that technology. What does making a course accessible actually mean? Accessibility means all students can

Interactive Map Brings Art History to Life

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

An Inside Look at Online Teaching at UA

The Teaching Hub recently got the chance to interview everyone who teaches online courses for UA’s Department of Religious Studies. Thanks to help from the FRC, we gathered together across hundreds of miles with Blackboard Collaborate. In 25 minutes we discussed everything from the unique context of teaching online to what it takes to teach

Quick Tips for Online Teaching

Allison Hetzel, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, shares how she manages her online courses and offers tips for connecting with distance learners. How do you reduce anonymity and build community in your online courses? I work to connect with my class as often as possible. I make sure that I am part of the class