Strategies for better first-week student engagement

It’s the first week of class. Do you know where your students are? It can be a rocky time for students the first week, even for those who are experienced. Here are some tips for helping them get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Adding H5P Content to Canvas

H5P enables you to add different types of interactive elements to your Canvas course shell. If you’re not familiar with the types of objects you can create with H5P, it is worth checking out. Add objects you create to your Canvas course with the following steps:...

Why should we care about OER?

Around 65% of your students may not purchase your textbook due to cost. This can have a significant impact on their success in your course. Using free and open education resources (OER) can ameliorate expenses for students and help make higher education more equitable for all students.

Ideas for inclusive teaching practice

Inclusive teaching practice involves embracing diversity holistically throughout your course and activities. This Teaching Tip provides some ideas and resources for how to think about your course through an inclusive lens.

Indigenous Cultures of Alaska

Please join us on January 15 from 10-11 a.m. for the Course of the Month Showcase Indigenous Cultures of Alaska (ANS-242) with Christine Davenport This media-rich course takes students on a journey of learning about the Indigenous cultures of Alaska that is essential...

Five questions to ask during course revision

You may have plans to work on your course over the winter break, and this is the perfect time to do some focused reflection on how things went this semester. This Teaching Tip presents suggestions for questions to ask when doing a self-critique in preparation for revision.

How to get students to read your feedback

The type of assessments you give will direct the nature and method of feedback you provide students. Feedback provided through the semester can be essential for guiding student learning. However, if students miss seeing your feedback or if they don’t understand...

Where to find inspiration for course design

Course Showcase  We can learn a lot from each other.   You may be curious to see what other faculty are doing in their online class, like how they are organizing content and managing activities. Touring other courses can be a great way to get inspired about creating...

MATH 122 Spotlight Course

https://media.uaf.edu/media/t/0_yl4ut88r Edited recording from June 26, 2020 with Dr. Latrice Bowman and MATH 122 Spotlight, Essential Precalculus with Applications.Dr. Latrice Bowman is an experienced online instructor and mathematician. She has been teaching for...

Course Spotlight – ART 262

Join eCampus instructional designers and selected faculty as we take a peek into their quality online courses at UAF. We present a new online course and hosting a Q/A session via Zoom for each Course Spotlight. Have a look inside other courses on our course showcase...

Course Spotlight – MUS 200

Recording from August 7, 2020 Course Spotlight. Lisa Kljaich has been teaching online for a long time. Originally, her Explorations in Music was a combined exploration with Art and Theater but over the years, the course has been split into a more focused experience...

Course Spotlight – ART/COJO 464/664

Recording from July 24, 2020 Course Spotlight. Jason is a professional photographer who teaches a variety of advanced photography courses for the Art Department and for Communications & Journalism. Students get hands-on highly technical instruction through his...

Course Spotlight – EDSE/PSY 488/648

Jenn Wagaman talks about her EDSE/PSY 448/648 course, Understanding FASD – Designs and Intervention Strategies: Edited Recording from July 10, 2020. This cross-listed course stays focused with clear objectives, an extremely comprehensive syllabus, and a simple...

Course Spotlight – BIOL 371

Friday, June 26, 2020, 10-11am Join Zoom Session Join us to talk with Diane Wagner and tour her BIOL 371, Principles of Ecology course! more information coming...

Course Spotlight – BIOL 103

https://media.uaf.edu/media/t/0_29lfjmeqEdited Recording from June 12, 2020As the instructor for a non-major GER science course, Anja has a lot of students that come with apprehensions about doing well in a lab course, especially a distance lab course. Her friendly...

A Gentle Reminder to Take a Pause – Revised

This Teaching Tip has been revised from the original version for off-campus options.   A default answer to ‘How are you?’ is often currently ‘Busy!’. In addition to forces beyond our control, we take on so much right now and sometimes feel overwhelmed as a result.  ...

STEAMy ideas for your course

A recent trend in higher education involves integrating arts, humanities, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum now known as STEAM. Large research studies (1) show that integration can broaden the student experience within highly...

Let’s talk about digital literacy

More than ever, faculty are being tasked with fostering digital literacy in order for students to be successful in class and ready for the workforce. Digital literacy as an important component of higher education is something that has become critical in higher...

How to update due dates in Blackboard

You may have noticed the familiar Set Grade Center Due Dates tool has not been available recently. This handy tool has become incompatible with the current version of Blackboard. While we hope that it can return in the future, there is another way to edit all of your...

Innovation During Lean Times

This session is about finding ways to put new ideas into motion when time, resources, and energy are low. Let’s have a conversation about strategies you can employ to innovate during lean times.

What does innovation in the classroom actually mean?

We tend to think of innovation as the creation of something brand new that completely revolutionizes the way we do or think of something but it can also be thought of as putting ideas into practice. When we think of innovation in these terms, it is easy to see how stepping back, re-thinking and trying something new can lead to discovery.

How to advertise your course

Teaching a new class next semester and want to attract students or need to boost enrollment? This is the perfect time to start marketing your course! This practical Teaching Tip will give you some pointers on how to get the word out about your upcoming course.

Introducing Blackboard Ally, a new accessibility tool

Blackboard Ally is a new accessibility tool coming to UAF Blackboard on October 6, 2018. It is integrated software that automatically scans your uploaded course files and materials, looking for common accessibility issues. It provides insight into the course’s level of accessibility and feedback on how the content can be improved for better quality and usability for everyone. It will also generate alternative formats on demand using machine learning algorithms. Read on in this Teaching Tip to familiarize yourself with Blackboard Ally.

Integrating disciplines to help students succeed

Two recent studies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Academy of Sciences highlight the need to address a more integrative curricular approach to improve competencies desired by employers. In this Teaching Tip, we take a brief look at these two reports and invite faculty to join the discussion on how integration of scientific, technical and liberal arts fields can work to enhance post-graduation success.

Finding and creating Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of media that is free and available for educators and students to use, reuse, repurpose, and sometimes modify for educational purposes. OER can help your students save money and can help you think about how you can teach outside typical textbook constraints. But how do you go about finding good OER? In this Teaching Tip, we will discuss methods for locating and evaluating resources.

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