HUMANIZE YOUR E-LEARING COURSES OR RISK LOSING LEARNERS
Karla Gutierrez posted an article on SH!FT’s eLearning Blog about humanizing your courses or you may risk losing learners since e-Learning is really about connecting with your learners/students so what you’re saying must be relatable. The infographic has some suggestions to incorporate in your classes.
Read the full article here.
UTAH EDUCATION NETWORK
Access videos and resources in CollegeMedia licensed for Utah faculty here.
TEN ONLINE LEARNING TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2015
EdTech Magazine has an article written by D. Frank Smith about the online learning trends for 2015 and how it’s shaping classrooms around the country.
In the article, he shares TalentLMS’s list of the top 10 online learning trends:
- Big data
- Focus on return-on-investment
- Augmented Learning
- Corporate MOOCs
- Rise of cloud LMS
Read the entire article with infographics here.
TAKE YOUR TEACHING TO A NEW LEVEL
Did you know that the Digital Scholarship Lab in the J. Willard Marriott Library will create videos for you to use in your teaching? It’s a free service available to faculty and graduate students who are interested in integrating a technology framework into their teaching. Tony Sams, digital scholarship consultant and project manager, will work with you in the studio or in the field to create a product that will further engage your students. Denny Berry, assistant professor and head of the Musical Theatre Program, has this to say about the service:
As in any performance oriented activity, it is essential that a student can see where an instructor is encouraging attention and change. These video archives have provided that opportunity to our students. They have facilitated the teaching process as well as provided an archive of the student’s work. What started off as a lark for one class has become an essential tool for both the teaching and the record.
The students have truly benefited from watching their progress over the semesters and have spoken about the positive effect this observation has had on the way they are able to target and effect change in their performance outcomes. By the time they reach their advanced level, they are, also, actually thrilled to be able to begin to assemble a video portfolio of work they would be proud to submit for positive casting opportunities.
Learn more at lib.utah.edu/services/digital-scholarship-lab/.
Sams can be reached at 801-585-9780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCES
Click here for information regarding the Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat.
Salt Lake City
For information about the Adobe Summit: The Digital Marketing Conference, click here.
Visit ELearnHub.org for a comprehensive list of education and technology conferences around the world.
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence provides a number of courses for faculty and graduate students.
CTLE 6000 Teaching in Higher Education (On Campus)
Instructor: Alyson Froehlich
Anticipating that first higher ed course you’ll teach but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve taught a course or two but can’t manage to keep your students awake? This course will help you develop the basic pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as an instructor in a higher education setting. You will learn how to design and develop a course and we will model several types of instruction including discussion, lecture, collaborative work and active learning.
We will adopt a learner-centered approach to teaching and learning in which instructor and students alike will be responsible for bringing material, issues and ideas to the group. We will all benefit from the variety of departments represented by the group and the unique approaches and perspectives that variety brings. Through interactive activities and discussion, you will be encouraged to cultivate your own individual approach to teaching. CTLE 6000/600 is a hybrid 3-credit course open to all instructors (graduate students and faculty) at the U.
Click here for information on how to register for a CTLE Course and here for class catalog and schedules.
SPRING 2015 TEACHING WORKSHOP SERIES
CANVAS AS A PEDAGOGICAL PLATFORM: HOW CANVAS CAN IMPROVE YOUR TEACHING
Jan. 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The architecture of Canvas opens opportunities to teachers and students to interact with the platform in the same ways they interact with the rest of the internet: creatively, socially and dynamically. Canvas is a pedagogical tool that has an eye toward open adaptation — and toward learning out in the world, rather than only behind computer screens or inside brick-and-mortar classrooms. Canvas is not the course: it’s the launching pad for the course.
We will discuss how Canvas can support your teaching, and how using modules, quizzes, rubrics and collaborations can improve your assessment, feedback and communication with students. The Teaching and Learning Technology team will spend the last hour assisting and setting up appointments to address additional Canvas questions.
Click here to register for this course.
FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITIES
What is a Faculty Learning Community?
A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) comprises an interdisciplinary group of faculty devoted to enhancing teaching, learning and the university experience. FLCs have been shown to increase faculty interest in teaching and learning while providing a safe space for faculty to explore and implement new approaches, give and receive feedback and generate a knowledge base accessible to the broader University community.
Simply put, an FLC is a community of practice devoted to exploring teaching and learning in higher education. Each FLC will grow at its own pace, embrace a unique topic, and target specific outcomes. The FLCs will meet regularly, but input from FLC members will help determine the frequency and format for meetings, the duration, and the goals and outcomes—including any projects to be carried out—for each FLC.
We are very excited to provide such rich opportunities for community building, interdisciplinary collaboration, and explorations of teaching and learning!
Interested in joining a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)? CTLE can help with that. Send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
• Department and college
• Preferred e-mail address
• Name of the FLC you would like to join
Within a few days you’ll receive an email confirming your membership and informing you of the next meeting.
Teaching, Employee and Faculty Resources
Visit utah.edu/faculty and utah.edu/staff for essential teaching tools, trainings, reference material, health, safety and business resources. Keep your skills up-to-date and learn some new ones with help from these university resources:
- Training & Development
- New Employee Orientation
- Workshop Calendar
- Continuing Education
- Staff Council
- Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence
- Teaching & Learning Technologies
- Registrar Office – Faculty
- Marriott Library
- Eccles Health Sciences Library
- S.J. Quinney Law Library