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TEACHING SPOTLIGHT

Know someone who would be great in the spotlight? Nominate a colleague! Spotlight on Teaching is a new series hosted by the Faculty Senate Teaching & Learning Committee. Have questions? Contact Retchenda George Bettisworth.

2020 online course spotlights

Shortly after the COVID pandemic hit and UAF faculty had to move their courses online, the Instructional Design Team saw a need to highlight the amazing work that so many UAF faculty were already doing in their online Classrooms. Take a look at these 8 different courses from across the disciplinary spectrum. 

2021 SENATE SPOTLIGHT ARCHIVES

Looking for earlier spotlights? You can find them here! 

 

FEBRUARY

Denise Thorsen, the 2021 Usibelli Award winner in teaching, was in the inaugural teaching spotlight for February. Dr. Thorsen is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of Alaska Space Grant and Alaska NASA EPSCoR programs.

MARCH

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.

APRIL

Diane Wagner holds a joint appointment in the Biology & Wildlife Department and the Institute of Arctic Biology. She is an ecologist, with a special interest how insect herbivores affect plant growth and performance. Prof. Wagner teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in biology, and serves as chair of the Biology & Wildlife Department.

MAY

Wendy Whitehead Martelle, PhD, is an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics and ESL with the English Department and Linguistics Program. Wendy teaches courses in applied linguistics, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Russian, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and synchronous/asynchronous distance settings.

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

Each week, faculty and instructional designers publish valuable tips based on experience, exploration and expertise.

iTeachU

iTeachU is a great resource for modality-agnostic pedagogical approaches as well as research-based asynchronous delivery methods.

iTeach Online

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 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! 

Archived Seminars

Featured Seminars

Giving Engaged, Constructive Feedback

January, 2021

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

July 2020

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.

See more resources from this seminar. 

Discovery Based Group Learning

June, 2020

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).