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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.

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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.

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One in every four students in the US were taking at least one course online during the 2013 fall semester. So-called Millennials are increasingly clamoring for flipped and hybrid classroom environments, which have been proven to be effective if done properly. But how, then, does the university rise to meet the challenges and expectations of the current students, but doing so while maintaining quality and sustainability? This post explores some of the challenges and opportunities of developing online and hybrid courses, using as context the collaborations between CELT, the e-Learning Innovation Initiative, and the Analytics and Technology office here at the University of Kentucky.

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A new, innovative teaching option available to faculty: a Lightboard. Housed in the Faculty Media Depot in the M.I. King Library, the Lightboard enables faculty to present to their audience in a frontward facing manner, demonstrated in the video below, in contrast to the back and forth of a traditional whiteboard or blackboard. Integrating this tool with the existing set of multi-media production tools enables the creation of inventive and engaging lectures in a recorded format.

In the Spring 2012 semester, the Center for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences to design and deliver a Course Redesign Institute to assist a select number of Arts & Sciences faculty with incorporating more active learning techniques and educational technologies into new or existing courses. We're really thrilled to see the creative ideas that our faculty Institute participants have come up with to implement in their courses this Fall (some even started implementing their new ideas this Spring!). We look forward to working with other Course Redesign cohorts in Arts & Sciences and other Colleges at the University of Kentucky in 2012-13!

New media and technology present us with an overwhelming bounty of tools for connection, creativity, collaboration, and knowledge creation - a true "Age of Whatever" where anything seems possible. But any enthusiasm about these remarkable possibilities is immediately tempered by that other "Age of Whatever" - an age in which people feel increasingly disconnected, disempowered, tuned out, and alienated. Professor Wesch has managed to inspire wonder in his students by giving them 'the gift of big questions.' Wesch often teaches courses exceeding 400 students and has been breaking ground in higher education with his use of technology in teaching and research. We believe Dr. Wesch's talk will inspire you and begin a dialog on our campus about academic motivation and using technology to broaden the learning experience for UK students.

The New Faculty Teaching Academy is a series of workshops offered to faculty new to the University of Kentucky to assist them in having a successful start with teaching responsibilities at the University of Kentucky. It is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and is intended to serve as a follow-up to New Faculty Orientation. The workshops are designed to introduce participants to issues such as course design, effective teaching strategies, the characteristics of UK students, and the academic culture of the campus. There will be four workshops offered during the Fall 2012 semester detailed below. For information regarding all CELT workshops for the upcoming semester please visit our Events page. 

The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) was created in the summer of 2010 as a way of highlighting educational development resources and services available to UK instructors. The center is housed on the fifth floor of the King Building (home of the Science Library) in room 518. CELT's mission is to promote and support excellence in teaching and learning at the University of Kentucky. We work with all instructors at UK and collaborate with many other academic support units to create engaging, innovative and inclusive learning environments in which diverse students can excel.

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