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UWB LT Blog Included as a Leading IT Site to Watch in 2013 by TechnologySchools.org

Leading IT Site to Watch in 2013

We are happy to announce that the UWB Learning Technologies blog has been included in TechnologySchools.org’s list of the Top 100 Leading IT Sites to Watch in 2013. We are very excited to be recognized with other great higher education and IT-related blogs and websites, and we will continue to work hard to produce a high quality resource for the higher education community.

We would like to thank our great team at UWB Learning Technologies and all of our supportive readers!

 

Canvas, Plain and Simple: What UW Bothell Faculty Need To Know To Prepare for Summer 2013

As we approach a full transition to the Canvas learning management system this Summer (meaning, we will not create Blackboard course sites for Summer courses), you might be asking yourself questions such as, “What do I need to know now?” and “How should I be preparing for Summer quarter?”. This article will attempt to answer these questions clearly.

What do I need to know now?

First, you need to know that Canvas is available for you to use right now. So, if you haven’t started using it already, you could begin using Canvas starting Spring quarter. If you don’t know where or how to start, we recommend attending one of our Canvas workshops. The final workshop of Winter quarter is: Thursday, March 7 from 2:30 to 4 PM. If you’re interested in coming, please complete this short survey (seriously short) to let us know you are coming. In the workshops, we’ll cover how to transfer course materials from Blackboard and provide an overview on the various features available in Canvas. We’ll also be offering additional workshops during Spring quarter (still to be scheduled).

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Teaching Hybrid at UW Bothell

With the successful conclusion of the fourth Hybrid Course Development Institute (HCDI) this winter, it’s time to take a quick look at what’s happening with hybrid courses at UW Bothell.

Hybrid courses are defined as having 25-50% of the course online, replacing face-to-face time. A number of UWB faculty and students are interested in hybrid courses because they can provide the best of both worlds, combining the flexibility and enhanced ability to interact with course materials in the online world with the personable and spontaneous experience in the face-to-face world.

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Examining the Future of Public Higher Education: The Pros and Cons of Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face Class Formats

In a recent report written by the University of Washington’s Office of the Provost, President Michael Young expressed his vision for the University to become “Tomorrow’s University Today”, not only by adapting and responding to an ever-present change in education, but also by leading the change to explore new and exciting methods of teaching and learning that have yet to be discovered. This “change” has come in the form of online and hybrid class formats that have been adopted and utilized in an effort to provide a more digital, convenient, and innovative alternative for students to pursue their education at the University of Washington.

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Digital Media at The University of Washington Bothell

p1010764The University of Washington Bothell prides itself on being forward-thinking by integrating multimedia production education into a wide range of course curricula. Hands-on media production at UWB strengthens the connection between students and media to prepare them for the rising of demand in these fields, especially production and analysis of contemporary and future media.

Here are some examples of student work coming from Professor Jill Freidberg’s class in Post Production and Professor Sam Yum’s Advanced Media Production class. To see the projects, click the links below!

Professor Jill Freidberg’s Post Production Course:

http://www.jillfreidberg.com/bismcs-234-au20121.html

Professor Sam Yum’s Advanced Media Production: “Our work in production is informed by theoretical and practical readings, as well as a review of a variety of visual texts – from still photography to digital video.” – Sam Yum

http://courses.washington.edu/bmcs234a/wordpress/