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Letters from the Advisor - November/December 2016

Nov. 28, 2016

Dear Colleagues in Arts & Sciences, ASSETT offers professional development options to faculty interested in implementing technology that will impact the academic success of their students. I am particularly interested in the Faculty Fellows program because it gives diverse faculty members the opportunity to learn about teaching successes and challenges...

Jacob gives a presentation about Wordpress to class

TTAP Program Fall Highlights

Nov. 22, 2016

Student Fellows (SFs) working for the Teaching Technology Assistance Program (TTAP) were busy this fall semester helping Arts and Sciences faculty across campus. The TTAP program is a new initiative that was launched this fall, with the goal of enhancing the classroom experience for both faculty and students. The following...

Dr. Lester and Jake presenting WordPress to the class

Dr. Anne Lester Integrates Wordpress & Google Maps in HIST 1800

Nov. 21, 2016

This month’s faculty spotlight celebrates Dr. Anne Lester’s work to innovate HIST 1800 - Introduction to Global History. Lester developed an opportunity for students to share what they are learning while also developing their technology skills with WordPress and Google Maps. WordPress is a web-based tool for creating websites and...

Faculty Thinking During Critical Thinking SIG

SIG - Faculty Collaborate to Develop Critical Thinking Opportunities

Nov. 21, 2016

This semester, 10 faculty from across the college of Arts and Sciences participated in a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Encouraging and Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills. From readings and discussions, to student personas, to development of specific student activities; participants have been highly engaged in creating significant critical thinking...

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Tips & Tricks - November 2016 - Anti-Sets & Closures

Nov. 1, 2016

Whether you teach large lectures with 200+ students or classes of less than ten, this tip is for you. “Anti-Sets” and “Closures” require very little investment of time to create (Can you spare five minutes?) and ensure students are critically thinking about your course material. Think of them as a...

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Tech of the Month - November 2016 - PlayPosit

Nov. 1, 2016

Did you know you can embed quizzes in video content and track student interactions with your videos? PlayPosit is an interactive video tool that allows you to customize the student experience by laying your own custom lesson (quiz questions, text prompts, images, etc.) over video content. Using video from YouTube...

Andrew Martin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Letter from the Advisor - October 2016

Oct. 20, 2016

October 20th, 2016 Dear colleagues in Arts & Sciences, ASSETT is finding its way into the professional lives of many faculty with positive effects on professional development and promoting community across diverse departments within the College. The first SIG session on critical thinking attracted professors and instructors from across the...

Tips & Tricks - October 2016 - Accessibility

Oct. 1, 2016

“How to: Increase Accessibility in your course” There are several options and resources available for making your course accessible and user-friendly for all learners! Learn more about OIT’s Universal Design service and check out the calendar of events for more information on events focusing on skills to build your accessible...

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Tech of the Month - October 2016 -

Oct. 1, 2016

How might we encourage students’ to engage in course materials? Well, if your goal is to guide students in thinking more critically and reading online texts more deeply (PDF or web article), than might be right up your alley. It’s a tool for annotating online texts that encourages students...

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Tech of the Month - September 2016 - Slack

Sept. 1, 2016

How might we help our students communicate in teams even when they are out of the classroom? The phrase, ‘my students are slacking,’ doesn’t usually roll of an instructor’s tongue with a positive connotation. However, for instructors using the communication tool, Slack, it may be perfectly fine for students to...