Teaching for student success begins by understanding more fully who our students are. Today’s “traditional” undergraduate may be working while in college or attending college several years after completing high school or military service. Students come to our classes with documented (and undocumented) disabilities. Hear what our students have to say about how your teaching can make a difference in their success.
The Global Connections project began in 2012 to encourage UK faculty to link their courses with other classes taught around the world. As a Global Connections course, History 405 supported international cultural exchange through frequent video conferences with a comparable class at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 campus. Drs. Kathi Kern and Hélène Quanquin developed the course with a commitment to innovative teaching that broadened the learning experience of students across continents.
Student success and accessibility are intrinsically linked. Read&Write Gold is a discrete, customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications to ensure students build confidence and independence, reach their potential, and succeed in their academic pursuits. UK now has purchased a campus-wide license for Read&Write Gold, which will greatly assist our students in their studies, and make UK's courses more accessible.
CELT explores with faculty the ways in which technology can potentially transform our pedagogies in positive ways. Through workshops, unconferences, and consultations, we prioritize pedagogy goals over technology tools. Combining critical pedagogy with larger questions around technology use and issues related to privacy, accessibility, privilege, and power, the Digital Pedagogy initiatives seeks to empower faculty to make better decisions around technology, particularly as it relates to the impact on the students and their learning experience.
At the 2015 Innovation + Design Lab, 28 faculty learned about innovative, technology-enhanced teaching and learning techniques. The pedagogy workshops looked at such issues as digital pedagogy, multimedia learning, formative assessments, hybrid and online course design, and Universal Design. The I+D Lab is just the start for these faculty. When the Fall Semester starts, they will be grouped into Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) to further learn and discuss, as well as sharing how the implementation process is progressing throughout the academic year.
One June 25th, 2015, it was officially announced that UK was switching from our current Learning Management System (LMS) system, Blackboard, to Canvas. During the 2015-2016 academic year, both systems will be available for faculty to use, with 2016-2017 marking the official transition. Below is the full text of the press release, but we at CELT are excited for the opportunity to work with faculty during this transition on re-thinking how they use the LMS in their pedagogical practice.