Collaborative reading and annotation

Whether one is reading for pleasure or education, the act of physically highlighting a book or article can be a valuable part of the reading and learning experience: These marginalia can help the reader to process the information, reflect on it, and provide a glossed version of the text for streamlined later reference. As the … Read more

Reflections on modes of teaching during a pandemic

by Justin Greenlee, PhD A&S Learning Design & Technology A few phrases have made emphatic entrances into our lexicon over the past year. “Shelter in place” sticks with me. Also profundities like: “You’re on mute” and its companion “Can you hear me now?” (The last has echoes of Verizon or Sprint. Who’s to say which.) … Read more

Promoting Access and Expanding Learning through Live Transcription

UVA has no shortage of tools for captioning and transcribing learning materials, and even more are on the way. Below are a few options for enabling automatic, live transcription during class meetings, using tools currently available to A&S instructors. – Accessibility Note – If a faculty member receives an official request for captioning or transcription, … Read more

Getting Ready for Spring Courses

by Hope Fitzgerald and Justin Greenlee A&S Learning Design & Technology — Hello, all. You are surely in the thick of preparations for spring courses: corresponding with students, the Student Disability Access Center, maybe the UVA Bookstores, coordinating with TAs, creating your course sites, troubleshooting technology, readying lectures and activities, and thinking about how best … Read more

Tips for Teaching Online Courses

by Justin Greenlee, PhD and Nenette Arroyo, PhD Digital Pedagogy Interns, UVA Learning Design & Technology … Hello, all! Read on if you are developing instructional techniques for the spring or leading a class during UVA’s J-term. We invite you to use the comments section at the bottom of the page to start a conversation with … Read more

Facilitating problem based discussions online

Gail Hunger, Instructional DesignerA&S Learning Design and Technology Facilitating problem based discussions online George Polya (How to Solve It) states, “The instructor should put themselves in the student’s place, they should see the student’s case, they should try to understand what is going on in the student’s mind, and ask a question to indicate a … Read more

Tips for using Zoom breakout rooms

Breakout rooms support student-to-student engagement activities including small group discussions, group project work, and problem solving sessions. Keep these tips in mind as you design and set up your breakout sessions. Keep your Zoom app up to date, and remind students to do the same. Learn to update your Zoom.  Use the Zoom app (not … Read more

Zoom’s OTHER chat app

Zoom’s in-meeting chat feature is an excellent channel for Q&A, comprehension checks, formative quizzes, and brief discussions (learn about some great pedagogical uses of Zoom’s in-meeting chat here). But Zoom has another chat option that is more powerful and persistent. Here are a few things you should know. We’re talking in this post about Zoom’s … Read more

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