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This week is recognized as National First-Generation College Student Week! As part of UK’s commitment to inclusive teaching and learning, we didn’t want this week to pass without discussing the importance of engaging first generation students in the classroom, as well as some practical strategies for instructors to support first-generation student success.

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As we begin to explore the impact of the Smart Campus Initiative on teaching and learning at the University of Kentucky, we are discovering a whole world of apps that can help us achieve our classroom goals, check in with students, and guide them to effective, meaningful group collaboration. If you’re not sure where to get started, I’ve gathered some of CELT’s favorite apps to inspire innovative lesson plans.

At “Fostering Community and Belonging” this past week, participants explored the dynamics of classroom communities and discussed how inclusive teaching promotes community and belonging in the academic setting. Read more of Dr. Shauna Morgan's reflections in this blog post.

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You do cool research; you teach cool ideas, show our community by registering to do a 5-7 min demo to create curiosity about the cool stuff we do at UK. The Second Curiosity Fair will be held on Oct 29 from 4-6pm. Accepting submissions until Sep 30.

from the desk of Buddy Hall, resident Canvas expert in UK Online

To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, we’re excited to introduce a new tool called Ally into Canvas courses to help improve the accessibility of course content. Ally doesn’t change how anything works in your course, and it won’t affect your course files.

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We are proud to announce the publication of the second volume of our open access, online journal Greater Faculties: A Review of Teaching and Learning. These essays showcase the contributions and insights of educators at UK in order to foster a culture of teaching excellence and contribute to the discourse on teaching and learning in higher education.

Do you have a question about teaching but just want to drop in casually? You don't need to schedule anything with us if you stop by 502 King Library on Tuesdays between 1:00 and 3:00, or Fridays between 10:00 and 12:00. We'll have staff on hand to address topics that range from the pedagogical to the technical when it comes to teaching and learning at UK.

Have you been putting off using some of the basic functions of Canvas? Don’t know why you should? Each session is an informational work session with CELTic, Dr. Hannah Ruehl, and Canvas Guru, Buddy Hall. In this series, we will spend about 10-15 min going over some of the basic and incredibly helpful functions of Canvas and then help you in your own canvas shell. So bring your laptop and be prepared to relieve some of your teaching load off to Canvas!

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.

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