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Andreas Brockhaus, Joe Shelley and Ian Porter Awarded Worthington Innovation Fellows Award

Learning Technologies is pleased to announce that Andreas Brockhaus (Director of Learning Technologies), Joe Shelley (Director of IT Planning & Admin) and Ian Porter (UWBLT Learning Technologist) have been awarded the Worthington Innovation Fellows Award for their project proposal titled Untethered Teaching: A Pilot Project for Teaching With Mobile Computing Devices. Great work, everyone!

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Left to right: Andreas Brockhaus, Ian Porter, & Joe Shelley

Untethered Teaching will be a year-long project that will examine the use of mobile devices in the classroom while determining best practices, challenges, implementation strategies, future steps, and overall value of the technology. The research team will work in collaboration with trained faculty to implement mobile devices into their curricula, then collect data via personal interviews and pre- and post-surveys. The final result will be a cost-benefit analysis, which will determine if implementing the technology formally and on a broader scale will be worth the costs and resources required.

This project, along with six others, are the first to ever receive this award. Established in February 2013, the Worthington Innovation Fellows Award provides funding and support to group or individual projects that “support the use of technology to enhance innovation across the campus”. The final findings from all projects will be presented at an on-campus public forum, such as the Chancellor’s Innovation Forum and the Teaching and Learning Symposium.

We look forward to the project’s findings in the coming year. Congratulations again to Andreas, Joe and Ian!

Click here for more information about the Worthington Innovation Fellows Award.

Digital Scholarship at UW Bothell

Digital media production is an important form of scholarly research and instruction here at the University of Washington Bothell. Below is a list of student made media projects links and information about the class, topics and professors that made this work possible.

Prof. Jill Freidberg’s “Working with Audio” class produced a great collection of audio storytelling projects last quarter. “Sound surrounds us. It’s the invisible element that only becomes obvious when it goes away. Sound is information, stories, location, and memories. It tells us where we are and where we’re going. It fills in the blanks. It forces our imaginations to create the pictures that go with the sounds we hear. It reminds us of places we’ve been, things we’ve done, and feelings we’ve had. Sound alerts us to danger, sets us at ease, wakes us up and puts us to sleep. Sound is everywhere.” – From the BIS 234 Course Description

http://bis234.weebly.com/our-work.html

Prof. Jane VanGalen’s education students put together an excellent RSA video called “The Muses Go to School: Inspiring Stories about the Importance of Arts in Education”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qLKQlY8bAI

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Conversations on Hybrid Teaching and Learning at UW Bothell

In three short presentations at the May 9 event Conversations about Hybrid Learning, Tony Smith, Ph.D. (Education), Martha Groom, Ph.D. (SIAS), and Jamie Shirley, Ph.D. (Nursing and Health Studies) described the opportunities and challenges they encountered while teaching hybrid courses in their respective disciplines. Their thoughtful and nuanced remarks on teaching hybrid classes framed a discussion among those faculty, teaching staff, and librarians in attendance.

Ranging from 30 to 40 percent hybrid — meaning 30 to 40 percent of the in-class time was replaced with online or out of class work — the courses taught by Drs. Smith, Groom, and Shirley leveraged technologies and hybrid course design to enhance student engagement, to provide flexibility in the course schedule, and to give students opportunities to learn in their own style and at their own pace.

Not surprisingly, they encountered challenges as well. Dr. Smith found that his students disliked the multiple platforms the course used simultaneously (wiki software, Ning.com, and Blackboard LMS), and Dr. Groom found that the reduced time in the classroom may have exacerbated the issues of already-struggling students.

For Dr. Shirley, the move to the hybrid modality was a response to an exigency: due to holidays and the potential for inclement weather during Winter quarter, she knew that she would lose at least two of ten class meetings and perhaps more with a snow storm. Therefore, she created online modules for her ethics class, which included videos and worksheets that her students completed and then submitted online.

Check out the recordings of their remarks to learn more about their work:

http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/elearning/hybrid-learning/faculty-hybrid/example-uwb-hybrid

 

 

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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