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The UMS Faculty Focus blog publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for technology-enhanced, classroom, online, blended, or flipped learning experiences.  Faculty e-Learning Grant recipients and other UMS faculty are welcome to contribute. Please contact the UC Faculty Development Center if you are interested in writing an article for UMS Faculty Focus at uc-fdc@maine.edu

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Presentations from ISTE 2018 International Conference

Hello All,  Below are presenter names, session descriptions, and corresponding materials/resources.  I chose sessions that I believe are most applicable to online teaching/learning across a wide variety of academic disciplines.  Also, all of these session descriptions and materials/resources are available at the ISTE 2018 Conference website.  Please feel to...
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2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) International Conference

Hello Everyone,  I recently attended the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference from June 24th - June 27th in Chicago, IL.  This was my first time attending this conference.  It was overwhelming, energizing, and an incredible professional development opportunity.  Over 20,000 people from over 80 different countries...
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What’s New?

Like any good digital resource, tools evolve overtime.  Recently, Pear Deck has made some exciting changes to their platform based on user feedback.  So, what’s new?    Now you can build Pear Deck interactive lessons straight from the Google Slides application! Learn More Here - https://www.peardeck.com/googleslides/   A wonderful new addition...
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Using the ZOOM Videoconferencing Tool to Facilitate Synchronous Online Class Meetings.

Hello Everyone, During the spring, 2018 semester I taught a course at the University of Maine at Augusta titled EDU 395 Field Experience Seminar.   This course was designed to engage students in the study of K-12 education programs through visits, consultation, and appraisal of practices in selected schools, instructional centers, or community agencies.  The purpose of the course...
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Technologically Enhanced Student Engagement

While much of my focus regarding polling device technology has surrounded summative and formative assessment I do want to take the opportunity to highlight that these types of technologies, both paid services and free, can create the optimal student engagement experience.  Pear Deck is just one of many technologies that can help enhance your classroom or online instruction and can aid in...
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Students' Perceptions of a Synchronous Conference with their Instructor During an Online Asynchronous Course

Hello Everyone, Earlier in the Spring 2018 semester I incorporated an assignment into one of my fully online asynchronous courses that required students to engage in a one-on-one synchronous conversation with me via the Zoom videoconferencing tool, Google Hangouts, or by telephone.  I kept the conversation short (15 minutes). The syllabus language I used for...
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Choose Your Own Ending: Students' Final Project Assignments in Their Own Words

The efficacy of a simple Google doc "dock" for students to articulate their goals for individualized Final Projects in a creative expression class.
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Video, Wagner, Leitmotifs

In my last video I shared a video of Schubert's Erlkönig created for my students. I have since gotten a better grasp of iMovie--which is just advanced enough for what I want to do--and created a video of the overture to Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger. The video displays the two-piano score along with the main leitmotifs. Leitmotifs are a, usually short, melody associated with an object or...
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Decentering within the Structure?

The last few weeks have been a round of meetings, some in person, some through online conferencing. They have ranged in subjects but have come together in my mind. The workshop that I attended in person was on the subject of Cultural Responsive Teaching led by Dr. Daniel Tilapaugh. He talked to us about critical self-reflection in how we can engage in deep equity work that will have...
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How H1N1 Improved My Teaching and Student Communication (byTheresa Overall)

In fall 2009, the potential of an H1N1 Avian Flu pandemic seemed high in the US and everyone was in a panic. Our university created an emergency action plan and it included that all faculty needed to have backup plans in place for students who might be quarantined. The plan could not include issuing incompletes. The fear was that more than half the students in a class might feel fine but not be...
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What’s a makerspace and is it really a new idea? (by Theresa Overall)

Experiential Education (Dewey, 1938) is "a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities" according to the Association for Experiential Education. Since Dewey’s time, many...
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Learning Futures (by Theresa Overall)

What a great name! “Learning Futures.” This is the name of a “group” at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia where I am having the great fortune to spend my sabbatical. I would say I’m here for “spring 2018” but it’s actually the fall semester in this hemisphere. I promise not to discuss differences in weather because you wouldn’t want to read any further if I did. But I will describe...
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Podcasts!

Hello All,  As an instructor who teaches mostly online, I'm constantly on looking for new and engaging web-based resources aligned to course learning outcomes.  For my Fall, 2018 courses I'm considering adding a section in each weekly module in Blackboard that provides students access to Podcasts.  If you're unfamiliar with Podcasts, they're...
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Making it Stick--What I have learned from UC Lunch & Learn Book Club

Sharing creative teaching methods in the University College Book Club
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Student to Student International Collaboration

Colleagues, I have the good fortune to be writing this from Liberec in the Czech Republic. I am a senior faculty member at UMA in the discipline of psychology with an enduring interest in cross cultural (and clinical) psychology. I'm enthused about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and the applied research in "student centered teaching." For the past five years or so, with...
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Video as performance

I spent spring break creating videos and podcasts for my students. The idea comes from the inventive videos on YouTube which have created new ways to experience classical music. The most popular is, perhaps, where the score is displayed as the music unfolds:   Another style of video uses image to render the structures of the music as they happen in time. Here's a video of...
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The Art of the Interview - in Screen Cast-o-Matic

The art of the interview isn't hard to master . . . as long as you listen carefully. Included in this post are a student's questions and an instructor's replies, in Screen Cast-o-Matic.
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Be not a Troll nor a Slug?

Trolling, discussion, Blackboard,
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Organizing Your Blackboard Course To Support Student Success

Hello All,  Please view my video blog at the link below: Take care,  Tim
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Exploring the Art of Photography via Google Slides

A collaborative Google Slides assignment encourages student engagement - with each other, with the history and art of photography, and with a flexible tool for working with images and text.
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