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Call for Demonstraters at the 2nd Annual Curiosity Fair

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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.

An Ally in Canvas

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.

Announcing the release of Greater Faculties vol. 2

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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.

CELT Drop-In Hours for Spring 2019

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.

New! Fall 2018 Open Office Hours

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.

How Did They Do That? Teaching with Open and Alternative Resources

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.

Teaching Design for the Here and Now

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.

The Building Blocks of History

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.

The Apparition of These Screens in the Crowd

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.

Against the Clock

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?

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