Like a huddle on a sports team, teaching huddles are an opportunity for members of a teaching team to regroup and evaluate their teaching strategies. Teaching huddles are rapid-fire problem-solving sessions that take place each week while a course is in session. They are agile, meaning that they respond quickly and flexibly to the evolving needs of a course as it is being taught. Teaching huddles may be appropriate for any course that has more than one person working to help students learn course material. Some examples of teaching huddles include professors co-teaching a course, a professor working with graduate teaching assistants or Learning Fellows, or a professor working with instructional designers. ...continue reading "Teaching Huddles"
Group work can take many forms, from short discussions to term-long projects. In our Active Learning Canvas site, we have resources on many activities that could be group based, such as Case Study Approach, Creating a Shared Knowledge Base, Peer Instruction, and of course Team-Based Learning. ...continue reading "Using Student Groups in Your Teaching "
By Adam Nemeroff and Erin DeSilva
The following is a guide for creating materials that are accessible to a variety of students, regardless of accommodation need. In this guide, we detail how to do this depending on what materials you are creating. We include both general guidelines, as well as specific steps to follow for specific tools and materials.
This guide from Auckland University gives a wonderful overview of these similar guidelines.
"How can I make my site great?" (or versions thereof) is one of the most commonly asked questions we receive.
Our answer is the following list of questions. We designed it to help you prepare your course according to current "best practices" in student learning and course design. Each is also grounded in the principles of Universal Design. You'll notice that there are many items here that you might consider addressing outside of Canvas - that's great too!
Many items include links for you to learn more about each particular topic. Please also feel free to contact your Instructional Designer to discuss any or all of these items! ...continue reading "Leveling Up Your Course Design Using Canvas"
By Alicia Brandon (Student Accessibility Services) and Adam Nemeroff (Instructional Design)
This post is the first in a series of collaborations between Student Accessibility Services and EdTech where we will explore the role of Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) and its role in creating an inclusive classroom environment. In this first post, we will introduce UDI and its principles, frame definitions for each principle, and provide examples of the principles in use.
UDI is a set of principles meant to address the needs of all learners. A classroom that adopts these principles seeks to not only support the needs of students requiring accommodations, but the needs of all learners to allow them to learn at their best. These principles, introduced by Scott, McGuire, and Shaw (2001), are increasingly being embraced by educators across the nation. ...continue reading "Creating Inclusive Courses with Universal Design"
Student feedback offered through mid-course evaluations provides a great opportunity to improve your course, both for yourself and your students. Read below to discover how to implement them in your class in five easy steps. ...continue reading "Mid-Course Evaluations"