UMS Faculty Focus Blog

UMS Faculty Focus

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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The Logistics to Getting Started

                Now that you have a basic understanding of what Pear Deck is I’d like to talk about how it works and the different ways in which it could be utilized within the classroom setting.  The nice thing about this teaching tool is that it allows you to have a real time snapshot of your student’s current...
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Annotate This!

Annotating can make a good student a great student. Here's one way to build the skill into your class content.
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Keeping the lights on : Vulnerablities of Online Classes

The recent storm highlighted online classes vulnerabilities and challenges.
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Instructor Decisions Aimed at Improving Asynchronous Online Discussions

Hello and welcome to my UMS Faculty Focus Blog.  My name is Tim Surrette and I teach several teacher preparation (education) courses at the University of Maine at Augusta.  Presently, all of my courses are taught asychronously via the Blackboard learning platform.  Each month I'll be writing about my experiences as an online instructor --- I welcome your questions,...
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Incorporating the Concept of “Peardagogy”

Technology is all around us and not a new concept, by any means, in the realm of course instruction.  How we harness technology, especially those readily available to us, is especially important.  Teaching for a small rural university innovative instruction is often hindered by budgetary constraints, therefore, it is crucial that educators think outside of the box on ways in...
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Linking Law Library Organization to Online Legal Research

Online legal research students are challenged conceptually by the most popular modern, subscription databases: Lexis/Nexus and Westlaw. These databases were developed following the organizational structure of a brick and mortar law library. How do we bridge this conceptual gap for students who have never used a brick-and-mortar law library, yet need to find cases and statutes using Lexis and...
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