Monday, September 26, 2016

First Friday: October 7, @ the USF Library



First Friday October 7
Please join ATLE and several of our partners for our inaugural First Friday set of workshops, now slated for October 7. Come for conference-style breakout sessions, plus a free lunch! Topics include:
·         Engage Your Students Through Active Learning 
·         Getting Students Globally Engaged at USF
·         Enhancing Online Academic Integrity 
·         From Syllabus to Passport
·         Engaging Students Through Peer Instruction
·         Accessibility of On-line Content and Students with Disabilities
·         Fostering Grit and Persistence in Your Students
·         Leveraging Undergraduate Research to Enhance Your Course
·         Open Education Resources: What They Are, Where to Find Them, and How Can You Use Them?
·         Proactive Strategies for Student Success
·         Service-Learning: What It Is and Why You Should Be Doing It
·         Using Questions to Promote Critical Thinking 
We’ll do similar events in November, February, March, and April. Those who attend at least 12 of the individual workshops at these events will earn a certificate noting their 2016-2017 ATLE Professional Development Distinction (and we have will special surprises for those with the very highest attendance as recorded by the end of the year).

If you are a USF instructor, register here to attend the October 7 First Friday: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZmwpR0gsKq1n9j  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tech Camp, Wed. Sept. 21, 2016 @ LIB 309, USF



Tech Camp

Tech Camp is an informal, day-long, drop-by seminar, held each fall, where various technologies for teaching are demonstrated. Each technology is shown in an academic context, but the "how to" is left for the Technologies for Teaching comprehensive booklet (or follow-up consultations with ATLE on an individual basis, as desired). We focus on showing "what is possible" in these 15-minute parlor sessions.
Tech Camp for fall 2016 will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at LIB 309. Please click here to register.

Technologies Demonstrated: Fall 2016

9:00 - Clickers and Plickers
9:15 - PollEverywhere
9:30 - Online Collaboration (Dropbox, Padlet, Box.com)
9:45 - Evernote
10:00 - Prezi
10:15 - PowerPoint hacks –black screen, jump slides, PPT control from a smartphone-Slideshare
10:30 - BB Collaborate Ultra
10:45 - Video Tutorials (Screencast-O-Matic)
11:00 - Recorded PowerPoint Movies
11:15 - Panopto
11:30 - Respondus
11:45 - Atomic Learning
12:00 - Office Mix
12:15 - Qualtrics
12:30 - Blogs (Blogger, Wordpress) and Wikis (Wikispaces, GoogleSites)
12:45 - Podcasts (Mp3, iTunes, Audacity)
1:00 - Story sites (Storybird, Story Jumper)
1:15 - Social Media used academically (Facebook, Twitter)
1:30 - Royalty-free images and music (Compfight, Incompetech)
1:45 - Word clouds (Wordle, Tagxedo, Tagul) and Game Creators (ProProfs BrainGames, Quizboxes, YoYo Games)
2:00 - Image Hacks (Clipping Magic, Gigapan, TinEye)
2:15 - Slideshow movies (Kizoa, Animoto, Photo Story 3) and Online Quizzes (Socrative, Kahoot, Quizlet)
2:30 - Avatars (Voki, Second Life, VoiceThread) and Story Assembly (Bubblr, Storify)
2:45 - Visual tools (StripCreator, Visuwords, Photosynth)
3:00 - Google Services (Hangouts, Drive, Skype, Adv Search, Forms)
3:15 - Proctorio
3:30 - Closed Captioning in YouTube videos

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: September 15, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

“A Dose of Reality for First-Year Students and How We Can Help”

A few reminders of what first time in college students might be thinking and experiencing and what we as instructors can do to help them succeed.



“Decision Time”

A Study of tens of thousands of college students finds that those who were open to change their major were more likely to graduate than those who decided right away.



“Chemistry, Life, the Universe, and Everything: A New Approach to General Chemistry, and a Model for Curriculum Reform”

Melanie Cooper and Michael Klymkowsky present a model for curriculum development based on five questions: (i) What should students know? (ii) In what order should they learn it? (iii) What do students bring with them to the course? (iv) What materials are best suited for different purposes? and (v) How can student understanding be assessed?



“The New Cheating Economy”

A look at the modern underground economy of cheating that offers not just a customized paper or one-off assignment, but often the entire online class.  


Monday, August 15, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: August 15, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

"Exit Tickets Open the Door to University Learning"

Several instructors from a mid-western university implemented exit tickets in their university courses. You can find the results of their study here:




“PA012: Time Management Tips for Online Faculty”


Find a collections of tips that will help you streamline your work at:


"The Baby-Before-Tenure Question"

Patricia Maurice answers a relevant question for new faculty members:

"Mentoring Undergraduate Research: Student and Faculty Participation in Communities of Practice"

This article presents the potential challenges and benefits of having undergraduate students engage in in research from both professors and students’ perspectives:

http://www.kpu.ca/sites/default/files/Transformative%20Dialogues/TD.9.1.6_Vandermaas-Peeler_Mentoring_Undergrad_Research.pdf