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Five Tips for the First Day

Tip #1: Learn names. Jonathan Leonard (CDAE) makes the effort to learn every student’s name, even when he has hundreds of students. His strategy is to open the class roster page in Banner and display the students’ photos and, while studying each face, he speaks their names aloud. Over and over. And over. Occasionally he […]

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 2:25 am

Getting Students in Gear for Learning

I wrote this post a couple of years ago and I want to share it again because the resources are so valuable. Getting students in gear for learning is really about preparing students to become active agents in their own learning—both engaged in and accountable for the process. As with creating courses, the course objectives […]

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 4:53 pm

New features coming to Blackboard @ UVM

On May 14th, UVM’s Blackboard will be getting some new features and enhancements. What’s new? There are a number of minor cosmetic changes coming. For example, the logout button now looks like a power button, and the Needs Grading icon in the Grade Center is now yellow where once it was green. The Content (Text) […]

Posted on 21 April 2014 | 11:49 am

A little bit about learning analytics

For those who might not be familiar with it, EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference claims to unite “the best thinking in higher education IT.” EDUCAUSE 2013 was held in mid-October, 2013, and I was there to investigate learning […]

Posted on 11 April 2014 | 3:24 pm

Student Career Planning and Advising

It’s that time of year when “senioritis” runs rampant and many students are either avoiding the need to search for a job or they’re not sure how to begin. Tomorrow, April 11th, we’re offering a workshop in collaboration with the Writing in the Disciplines Program called Writing your Cover Letter or Resume/Vitae.  The two-hour workshop—from […]

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 3:32 pm

Our Common Ground

Recently, President Sullivan announced a new award to recognize staff “who exemplify the qualities of the University of Vermont’s Our Common Ground, the statement of aspirations and shared values for the UVM Community.” In part, this new award seeks to make Our Common Ground a living document, relevant to UVM today and in the future. […]

Posted on 3 April 2014 | 1:20 pm

Announcing Two Workshops in Support of BlackBoard Jungle 7

Blackboard Jungle 7 kicked off this week with a keynote by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on Monday and continues this Friday, March 28th, with a day of workshops and presentations. (See schedule) In support of Blackboard Jungle, the CTL is offering two workshops in collaboration with Writing in the Disciplines.   They’ll take place on April 4th […]

Posted on 26 March 2014 | 11:54 am

New Features Coming to Blackboard @ UVM

This May, Blackboard @ UVM will be getting an upgrade that will deliver some brand new features and greatly improve a few of the existing ones. We’ll be posting more about these changes in the coming weeks, but here are a few highlights. New Features Test Access Log The Test Access Log allows instructors to […]

Posted on 25 March 2014 | 4:17 pm

Last Call for Applications!

If you’re interested in teaching a hybrid course, the chance to apply for training and support from the Hybrid Course Initiative will be available for just a few more days. The applications to be part of the next cohort (starting in Fall 2014) will close on Monday, March 31st, end of day. This cohort will […]

Posted on 25 March 2014 | 1:41 pm

“PowerPointless”?

Read (or rather, view), on Slate.com, one faculty person’s evolving position about teaching with this tool and allowing students to present their work with it.

Posted on 8 March 2014 | 4:59 pm

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