The call for nominations for the 2019 Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award is OPEN. This annual award recognizes a UMass Dartmouth faculty, librarian, or staff member, who have improved student learning outcomes through the use of technology.
Please visit the Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award page for further information about award eligibility and guidance for submitting nominations.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.
New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference
Mark your calendars!
Join us for the 3rd annual New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference on January 18, 2019. Share ideas and catch up with your colleagues before the start of the spring semester.
New for this semester is the Quickly Attendance Tool.
Take attendance that is automatically graded in the course Grade Center.
Learn how to add it to your course menu and how to take attendance
ATTENTION: Wikispaces has notified our campus their service is being discontinued.
If you want to save your wiki data, you must export your data from your wiki site before August 26, 2018. Click here to learn more
Do you need a quick tutorial on How to Create a Weighted Final Grade in the Grade Center?
Do you want to organize the columns in the Full Grade Center, so that they are displayed in the order you would like them to appear?
Check out our Grading Center resource located at: http://instructionaldev.umassd.edu/grade-center/
The ID team is also available for individual assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.999.8501.
If you utilize the Inline Grading tool, you will notice a new Drawing Annotations tool and “sticky” Point Annotation (Comments) Mode located in the upper tool bar area.
Blackboard and Box released these new features on March 27 to address end user concerns regarding functionality, instability, and overall performance issues. Learn more at: http://instructionaldev.umassd.edu/assignment-inline-grading-tool/
Blackboard’s assignment inline grading functionality is serviced by a third party tool called Crocodoc. This tool allows faculty to annotate assignments with text and point based comments, highlighting and drawing directly within the course site. The Crocodoc service is being retired by Box, the company who owns Crocodoc. Box is replacing with a comparable service called New Box View.
On December 22, 2017, Box View will replace Crocodoc, after which you will begin to use the New Box View interface.
View more information about what’s changing and the new interface.
New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018
New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference 2017
Date: January 19th, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion & Library Living Room
Concurrent Session Times: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
We invite proposals for faculty sessions showcasing innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies. Each 50-minute faculty session will occur concurrently during the morning portion of the conference. The goal of these sessions is to share effective teaching and learning practices so that attendees can gain concrete ideas to integrate into their own teaching.
Proposals could include, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:
- Best practices and strategies for active or “Flipped” learning
- Effective collaborative and/or Team-Based Learning techniques
- Creative assessment strategies
- Effective implementations of web-based collaboration tools
- Student multimedia projects
- Innovative use of technologies (video, lecture capture, OER, WordPress, VoiceThread, in-class polling)
- Online or Blended teaching strategies
- Project-based learning
- Building community in classes/programs
- Community-based projects or service learning
- Teaching and learning specific to STEM fields
Deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made by November 6, 2018.
Submit your presentation proposal today!
Visit the New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Agenda for more information
New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018 is sponsored by the Academic Director of Online Education, Office of Faculty Development, Instructional Development, Provost’s office, and University Extension.
A new, simplified version of Blackboard Collaborate is now available to faculty who use myCourses. This updated version of Blackboard Collaborate offers crisp, hi-definition audio/video and launches meetings right in your web browser without the need for updating java or installing a launcher program. The user interface has also been modernized to be more intuitive to navigate.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is currently available by request only to any faculty member using myCourses. Beginning spring 2016, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be automatically enabled in all myCourses sites. Read more
Our own Christopher Farnham, is the August 2016 monthly CARES nomination winner!
Chris was nominated by a faculty member for his expertise and professionalism in supporting the first online, accelerated undergraduate mechanical engineering course offered during the summer of 2016.