Spotlight on Teaching
Spotlight on Teaching is a new series hosted by the Faculty Senate Distance Education Ad Hoc Committee. At the beginning of each Faculty Senate meeting, a UAF faculty member will give a one– to two-minute presentation on an aspect of their teaching followed by a longer conversation via Zoom. Have questions? Contact Retchenda George Bettisworth.
Know someone who would be great in the spotlight? Nominate a colleague!
Faculty Spotlight events are held after Faculty Senate meetings from 12PM-1PM. Spring dates are March 5, April 9, and May 7.
March: Kate Quick
“Student conferences in asynchronous classes are really positive. We talk about whatever assignment they’re working on and…we also talk about plans post graduation, and I love it and I think it’s been helpful for them too. If you have a fully asynchronous class, one-on-one conferences are a really good way to build that instructor/student or professor/student relationship. That goes a long way to making us seem more like people. They’re nervous to log on, of course, but then they relax.” —Kate Quick
Kate Quick, MFA, has fifteen years of experience teaching developmental and GER writing courses for UAF, most recently for UAF’s Community and Technical College. Kate’s expertise lies in non-fiction writing, and she has publications in state newspapers, the Huffington Post, and various literary journals.
During her time at UAF, Kate has honed her online teaching skills and teaches students in virtual and asynchronous spaces as well as physical classrooms. Her students are primarily freshmen, and Kate helps acclimate them to being a college student at UAF while preparing them with the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary to succeed in their future classes.
Teaching Resources at UAF
The resources available to faculty at UAF are rich and varied. If you have questions or suggestions for how these resources can be expanded or improved, please contact the Provost’s Representative for Pedagogy, Madara Mason.
Weekly Teaching Tips
iTeachU is a great resource for modality-agnostic pedagogical approaches as well as research-based asynchronous delivery methods.
iTeach Online is a self-paced course that offers foundational training in online course design. Through a series of 5 modules, faculty learn how to build a solid online course.
Accelerator Hosted Events
Many of the Accelerator partners host teaching-centric workshops on everything from face-to-face lecture skills to asynchronous online interactivity.
Community Seminars in Teaching & Learning
The UAF Design Team regularly hosts Community Seminars in Teaching & Learning that cover a wide range of pedagogical perspectives with interviews and discussions led by a wide variety of faculty from across campus. Below, you’ll find a number of recordings from these fascinating presentations by UAF Faculty. If you would like to lead a seminar, let us know!
Giving Engaged, Constructive Feedback
Daryl Farmer (ENGL) leads a discussion on his methods for giving good feedback in writing workshops. The guide he shares is a great reminder for instructors looking to deepen their feedback and also a valuable tool for teaching students peer feedback skills.
Supporting Student Mental-Health
This Community Seminar was hosted by Mat Wooller, Director of Alaska Stable Isotope Facility and founder of UAF’s The Well, Jen Peterson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Mareca Guthrie, Curator of Fine Arts & Associate Professor of Art.
Discovery Based Group Learning
Gordon Williams, Professor of Mathematics, hosted a Community Seminar on “Discovery-Based Group Learning,” highlighting the techniques he has used in his UAF courses to keep students engaged in group projects.
Review Gordon’s slides: Discovery-based Group Learning (PDF).