Virtual iTeach+: Mobile Apps for Learning

Virtual iTeach+ May 17, 2017 Join us on YouTube Live at Virtual iTeach+: Mobile Apps for Learning. Do you encourage mobile device use in class? How and why do you allow it? In this session, we will talk about ideas for teaching and learning on mobile devices,...

Virtual & Augmented Reality for Engagement

We will take a look at some of the most interesting emergent  technologies and consider their pedagogical value. You will need to have the Aurasma App installed  and Aurasma account set up for this session. Homework for this session – watch the following video....

Why you might want to share work in the open

If you have chosen to teach in the open, there are many tools you can use such as WordPress. There are a few reasons you may be conducting some or all of your course in a space outside of the confines of Blackboard. Read this tip for a few ‘whys’ as well as how you can learn more about Community.

iTeach+ Effective Assessment & Measurement

This is the fourth in the Build-a-Course iTeach+  series. Effective Assessments and Measuring Outcomes  is an overview of methods for designing effective assessments and ways to gauge student understanding/competencies. See examples and design-it-yourself...

iTeach+ Digital Storytelling

Ready for something other than the same old research essay from your students? Join us to learn about tools and practices for Digital Storytelling. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the potential contexts for digital storytelling in various courses, demonstrate...

iTeach+ Tool Exploration: Collaboration

This is the second in a six part series on tool exploration. Today we will look at tools you can use for collaboration in your course and talk about why and when you might want to try them. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Explore Digital Storytelling with Your Students

Storytelling, as an account of events in the evolution of something or one’s life, is something we humans participate in every day, but how often do you ask your students to   engage in the activity deliberately?   Many students will need to know how to tell good...

Get started with new and improved Google Sites

There is a new version of Google Sites and it is really easy to use! Need to make a quick website for your class materials? Want to have your students create simple websites for presentation or other activities but not get bogged down with technology? In this Teaching Tip, we check out the fancy new Google Sites, now available at UA Google Apps for Education.

How to use Augmented Reality in class

Have you been playing Pokémon Go lately? You have probably heard about it if you haven’t actually tried it out for yourself. Apart from cute Pokémons, one of the reasons this game is sensational is because it involves Augmented Reality (AR), which is a digital layer that can be seen on top of the real world through your mobile device, which is super fun.

Basics: How to put your lecture material online

Here’s a common scenario: You will be teaching a course online that you normally teach face-to-face. Since you’ve taught the course before, you have lecture notes and ideas for what you want to cover each week. What are the options and best practices for delivering...

How to make self-assessment fun

How do your students know whether they have mastered a concept before they take a formal assessment? Your students may take advantage of online textbook resources that include cognitive tutors to test their knowledge if available. And, methods such as iterative assignments with defined revision cycles, group discussion, interactive video, a pre-quiz, and class review time can help as well.

Boost creativity through combinatory play

Combinatory play is the process of considering two or more unrelated ideas, topics, images, disciplines, etc. and putting them together in a way that is new. Experimentation, deconstruction, synthesis, iteration and failure are part of this process of learning and discovery. Combinatory play utilizes a wide range of learning domains that help to feed creativity and innovation.

Make an ebook-style lecture in nine steps

If you are teaching online or if you would like to flip some of your classes, consider creating a series of brief eBook-style lectures using Google Slides. Benefits to using this approach include the ability to include video screencasts, animation, and images easily in a beautifully presentable format.

Adding synchronous strategies to a distance course

Flexibility is often a factor for students taking distance courses. Certainly, being able to attend class regardless of where or when it is happening can be a huge benefit for non-traditional students especially. Distance courses and programs at UAF inhabit a spectrum based on percentages of reliance on specified time and place.

How to start a Google Hangout

There are many reasons to connect with students via an online meeting space. For example, eCampus-supported instructors may want to have students check in individually throughout the semester and face-to-face instructors may want to hold group activities outside the physical classroom with real-time interaction. Connecting synchronously with students can happen easily via Google Hangouts, available through the UA Google Apps for Education suite.

How to verify when students post in WordPress

If you use a Community@UAF WordPress site for student contribution in the form of posts, your students can edit the date and time of submission, which may be a concern if you strictly enforce due dates. If you would like to know the exact date and time a student creates a post, there are at least four ways to find out.

Informal learning

‘Informal learning’ can be described as the learning process that takes place outside the educational institution. It is spontaneous, self-directed, not curriculum-based or qualification oriented and is accidental in nature.1 For example, clicking through on a Facebook link out of curiosity and learning about something as a result.

Teaching Tips booklet

This week we’d like to revisit Teaching Tips that have been published during the past year so we’ve put them together in a handy booklet for you. These Teaching Tips were published from July 1, 2014 — March 1, 2015.

Expanding Google

Thanks to Google, we have access to a plethora of tools to help us get stuff done. This week’s Teaching Tip focuses on a few ways to extend the functionality of the Google products we already know and love – Chrome and Google.

Effective syllabi – tips for success

As you prepare your syllabus for Summer or Fall semesters, why not give it a thorough critical look-through to make sure it looks great, functions well, that it meets all UAF requirements, and, for eCampus-supported courses, that it has all of the components helpful for the online student that are included in the syllabus template your instructional designer provides.

Augmented Reality and Learning

Using Augmented Reality as a framework for learning activities can be an exciting way to engage students in drawing real-world connections with class content. In this Teaching Tip Live, we will be discussing how faculty at UAF are using Augmented Reality in their...

Using the ARIS Platform for Gamified Learning

In early March, the UAF Linguistics Program and CITE Fellows hosted Dr. Chris Holden from the University of New Mexico. Chris provided training on an Augmented Reality (AR) game platform and consultation on game development strategy for a CITE Fellow project led by Dr. Sabine Siekmann. This project brings together faculty (Dr. Duff Johnson) and […]

Bb eCampus tab

Are you teaching or are you enrolled in a UAF eCampus-supported course? If so, you may have recently noticed a new feature in Blackboard we call the ‘UAF eCampus Tab’. If you haven’t checked it out, next time you log into Blackboard, look next to the ‘My Blackboard’ tab at the top right and click on ‘UAF eCampus’. You will find three sections there with lots of important and helpful information including links to social media on each page.

Students as creators

“A shift is taking place in the focus of pedagogical practice on university campuses all over the world as students across a wide variety of disciplines are learning by making and creating rather than from the simple consumption of content….University departments in areas that have not traditionally had lab or hands-on components are shifting to incorporate hands-on learning experiences as an integral part of the curriculum.

iTeachU – faculty resources online

This week we’re highlighting iTeachU because we recently made some changes to the web site. If you haven’t already, check out the following links:

-Find Upcoming Teaching and Technology Training
-View Teaching and Technology Resources
-Get Inspired and Connect with Others
-Read Weekly Teaching Tips
-Find Out Who We Are and What We Do

Flipped classroom

The flipped classroom is one in which, unlike traditional methods, lectures and instruction take place outside of synchronous class time, usually in the form of instructor videos or screencasts, while homework and group activities take place during class.

3D printing

Have you been thinking about 3D printing something for your classroom, lab, or just for fun but don’t know how to get started? There are a plethora of easy to use and inexpensive online services to help with that! Here are some we have found to help send you on your way to 3D printing bliss.

Visualization – gorgeous ways to present data online

Learning environments where students are active creators can help foster engagement and a sense of accomplishment. If your students are involved in data analysis and presentation, using these exciting and interactive tools could help them get hooked on working with data. These online interfaces are extremely easy to use and accept data in a variety of formats.

WordPress – getting started

Last week’s Teaching Tip addressed why you might consider using an open platform, such as WordPress, for class materials and student interaction. This week, we’ll look at what you need to know to get started designing —your WordPress website on the Community server.