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A&S Course Redesign Institute: Spring 2012

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!

Presenting Dr. Michael Wesch: The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever

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.

Expanding Course Video Possibilities with the Lightboard

a clear glass plate with green writing on it and a camera focused onto it

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.

Innovation + Design Lab 2016

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.

Improving Student Success with Read&Write Gold

close up of an open booklet and uncapped pen on a table

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.

Designing for Universal Success

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.

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.

Coming Together for Innovative Learning - The CELT Innovation+Design Lab

a man gestures at a cereal box diagram with post-it notes as two women look on to the side

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.