I’ll be the first to admit I’m a big fan of rubrics. When I first started teaching, I was grading 150 sophomore essays every three weeks and working long(er than necessary) hours commenting on all of them. The problem? The comments were redundant, but I wanted my students to know how to improve. I expressed this to an experienced colleague who introduced me to rubrics. I created a rubric for my next round of essays, reviewed it with my students, noticed they demonstrated a better grasp of the assignment, cut my grading time by at least a third, and was sold!
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Do you want to enhance your online course environments with your voice and course content lectures? Review this material to choose the best way to "capture" your course lectures and post them for student learning.
The option of using open educational resources in course design is ever increasing. Advantages of designing with and incorporating OER into your courses include student access to materials, higher instance of academic freedom and using resources that align more closely to your course learning outcomes. Read here for tips on how to research and find OER in your content area and how to design around new resources.
VoiceThread is a dynamic online tool that is very visual and allows students to comment on images, videos, or instructor prompts with text, audio or video. It takes 4 steps to set up a new VoiceThread discussion, but the student experience can be enhanced by putting some time into this process. VoiceThread (VT) is also a great tool to build community in F2F, online, and blended courses.
The Alaska Quarterly Review , UAA's nationally lauded literary journal, recently hosted a public event that featured a dramatic reading of the acclaimed essay White Horse by Eliese Colette Goldbach, which describes an on-campus rape; the reading was followed by a panel discussion. This session offers a followup to that conversation, and will introduce educators to a number of strategies drawn from UAA's internationally recognized Difficult Dialogues publication, Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. Join us to explore the range of tools available to instructors seeking to effectively help their students explore these issues in an academic setting.