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.

HTML Basics

HTML is the code behind what we see on web sites. Whether you realize it or not, every time you create online (make a Blackboard entry, publish to a website, post on Facebook, comment on a blog, etc.) you are using HTML. Web design has come a long way from the beginning when you had to hand code everything; usually we just have to fill out a form and our content magically appears. However, knowing some basic HTML can be really handy when you are trying to troubleshoot something that looks strange, for appearance, or for custom sites.

Wearable technology

Wearable technology is an advanced electronic device that is small enough to be worn naturally in the form of clothing, accessories, or portable lightweight containers. While this is not a new product genre (we can look back at things like the calculator watch and Sony Walkman), the items and their functionality are progressing rapidly.

Choosing the best technology

With so many new software and hardware options being released every day, how do you know where to start when either integrating modern tools into your course activities or moving your course or materials online?

Layar Creator (for AR)

Augmented Reality (AR) can seem like magic but there are a growing number of creation tools that make it easy and fun for everyone to get started making their own. Layar Creator is a simple drag-and-drop interface available online. Read this week’s teaching tip to find out how to get started.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) has been mentioned in the last couple years’ Horizon Reports for Higher Education as one of the latest upcoming technologies for education. You may have heard of new wearable technologies such as Google Glass that will bring AR to the masses in the near future.

Using video in your course

One way to ensure good instructor presence in an online course and present your lecture is by incorporating short lecture videos into your online course materials.

Writing lesson objectives

Lesson learning objectives are measurable statements of student performance that outline what you want students to know and understand after they complete a learning module.

Personal Learning Environment (PLE)

Your PLE is constructed of the applications, tools, resources, services and methods that you use to help you with the everyday tasks of Collecting, Connecting, Reflecting, and Sharing information.

Embedding

Content material that resides on one website but appears on another is embedded. Embedded material might also have a reduced or specific set of interface controls when appearing on another site.