UAA Teaching Academy

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Using VoiceThread to Increase Student Engagement and Community

 |  Heather Marie & Lara Madden  |  , , ,

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.

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Difficult Dialogues: How to Teach and Talk about Narratives of Sexual Violence

 |  Libby Roderick, Associate Director CAFE  |  , , ,

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.

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Accessible Online Content: Video

 |  Lara Madden  | 

UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. This blog will cover principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to designing courses and assignments in a way that serves all users and avoids segregating or stigmatizing any students, as it pertains to videos you are creating and posting in your online course environments.

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Creating Accessible Online Electronic Course Documents

 |  Lara Madden  |  , , ,

UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. In this workshop, faculty will explore principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to designing courses and assignments in a way that serves all users and avoids segregating or stigmatizing any students. This blog tutorial uses easy steps to edit course documents and save them in accessible online formats.

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Creating a syllabus that works for you and your students

 |  co-authors: Shawnalee Whitney, Katie Walker, Lee Henrikson & Lara Madden  |  , ,

Guide for faculty to create an effective, engaging, complete syllabus that meets their needs and their students’ needs.