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Put it Into Practice: Reduce Stress to Increase Student Success

Nov. 10, 2021

It’s the end of the semester and as finals get closer, this can be a time when stress increases for both students and faculty. As you prepare for finals and summative assessments, take time to find stress reducers that work for you and perhaps share some ideas with your students...

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Teaching Tip: Liven Up Online Discussions with Tech Tools

Oct. 12, 2020

Online discussion forums can begin to feel stale as the semester progresses. Shake up your discussions and encourage creativity with engaging, easy-to-use technology tools that are FREE for students and instructors. Padlet allows students to contribute to a collaborative virtual “corkboard,” and Flipgrid lets students record short videos in place...

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Teaching Tip: 12 Ways to Engage Students Online

Feb. 6, 2020

Doris Cheung , Learning Experience Designer and our colleague within the Academic Technology Design Team (ATDT) , recently completed a four-month consultation to help develop hybrid courses for the Leeds School of Business. The collaboration with instructors Tracy Jennings , Jay Waddell , and Steve Lawrence provided insights into the...

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Teaching Tip: Make Your Classroom More Welcoming with NameCoach

Jan. 10, 2020

To further the goal of building a more welcoming and inclusive community, our campus recently introduced NameCoach . Available in Canvas courses, NameCoach allows classmates and instructors to record and share their preferred name pronunciation. To get started, look for the NameCoach area in your course navigation menu in Canvas...

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Teaching Tip: What Students Want from Technology

Nov. 11, 2019

How can you integrate technology into your classroom in a productive way? Who better to ask than our students! In our 2018 Academic Technology Survey, we asked 421 CU Boulder students to tell us the most important thing that teachers should know in order to better support their learning with...

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Teaching Tip: Insights from Academic Tech Survey

April 18, 2019

An executive summary of the findings of the 2018 Academic Technology Survey is now available on the ASSETT website. The report provides insights on which technologies students find most/least helpful, challenges faced by instructors, student and faculty preferences for device policies and modes of course communication, and more. Several questions...

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2018 Academic Technology Survey Update

Dec. 5, 2018

The results from ASSETT’s biennial academic technology survey are in! Last spring, we collected data from faculty and students regarding their experiences using academic technology at CU Boulder. The survey covered perceptions of student preparation and digital literacy, course style preferences, use and interest in academic technologies, and digital device...

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Tackling Distraction in Large Lecture Courses

Nov. 1, 2018

Our advice for instructors and students is informed by findings from a survey conducted by the Academic Technology Design Team (ATDT) and ASSETT. Key findings include: The average class size at CU Boulder is 97 students (median = 51 students). During their freshman and sophomore years, more than half of...

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Tips for Creating Accessible Learning Experiences with Canvas

Sept. 20, 2018

Organization. Be thoughtful and consistent in how you organize information in Canvas. This will help all of your students access the materials and participate in the course. File names. Use a consistent format for naming files. It’s helpful to include the week or module number and content type in the...

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Universal Design for Learning (March 2018 tip)

March 20, 2018

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum design that fosters an inclusive learning environment by ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to learn (National Center on Universal Design for Learning). At its core, UDL is about building flexibility and options into course design. Proactively minimizing...