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You’re invited to attend our Open House!

CELT/ATFE Open House
Monday, October 29, 2-5 p.m. at 502 King Science Library

In order to meet the needs of all instructional populations at UK, CELT is piloting open office hours for the fall 2018 semester. No appointment needed. Drop by with questions and ideas both large and small, complex and simple, conceptual and technical, specific and abstract. Take as much or as little time as you need. Mondays from 2:00 to 4:00, Tuesday from 1:00 to 3:00, and Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00 in 502 King Library, CELT's new collaborative workspace.

UKY Libraries recently hosted a panel featuring faculty who have used open and/or alternative educational resources in their teaching. CELT's Trey Conatser moderated.

student drawing a building facade under the title "principles and elements"

In March 2017, the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the national organization of interior design educators. To learn more, I spoke with Patrick Lee Lucas and Helen Turner about the initial conversations that led to the course redesign, the process of working collaboratively with colleagues, and the road ahead as they continue to refine and expand their efforts.

screenshot of a minecraft game, featuring greek, european, and egyptian buildings behind a pond with mountains in the background

Dr. Steve Davis is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches precolonial and modern South African history using the popular video game Minecraft. CELT's Dr. Nicole Martin asked Dr. Davis about his goals for student learning, and how he encourages students to develop skills in historical analysis through virtual world-building.

students in an auditorium classroom viewed from the front, all of whom have apple laptops open on their laps. the image is heavily stylized with chiaroscuro contrasts between light and dark

To unpack some of our assumptions about attention, learning, and technology in the classroom, I spoke with Dr. Yuha Jung and Dr. Rachel Shane of the Department of Arts Administration. Jung and Shane have worked with colleagues to integrate technologies into their teaching so that students are more likely to be on task. What follows is an informal exploration of what it means to pay attention and to learn in the context of the contested value of digital technologies.

still life of a desk with an open book, a clock, an empty bottle, and a candle burning in a lantern, with high contrast between light and dark as if it were night

In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber's thoughtful contribution to the conversation on academic labor is to challenge what often goes without saying: that it's good to be more efficient, to be faster, to manage as many tasks as possible at once. How can we practice slowness and pleasure in thoughtful ways for the good of our disciplines and colleagues and, more importantly, for those whom our decisions and actions affect profoundly?

hand drawn concept map of the principles of universal design for learning

Dr. Deb Castiglione is the Universal Design and Instructional Technology Specialist at CELT. She has worked to get a campus-wide license at the University of Kentucky for the software Read&Write Gold, which follows principles of universal design for learning. We asked Dr. Castiglione about what the software can do for learners, and why we should think more about inclusive practices such as universal design in our teaching.

Student protest against police violence on university campus

Recent student activism on campus, particularly around safe spaces, trigger warnings, and microaggressions, has led to rising criticism lobbied against millennials as a generation unwilling to engage opposing beliefs or challenging discourse. Yet, taking into consideration all that young adults navigate to pursue higher education, their dissident presence on campus does more to reveal how they actively participate in the world -- including their education.

CELT staff and ID Lab participants holding posters of learning outcomes

Last spring, instructors from across campus met with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) to begin course prep work at the third annual Innovation + Design Lab (I+D Lab). As part of the eLearning Innovation Initiative (eLII), the I+D Lab is a three-day intensive instructional design workshop for UK faculty members to develop tech-enhanced face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

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