The CFE’s Faculty Showcase event is a great opportunity to learn about some of the exciting work Carolina faculty members are doing in classrooms across campus to advance the University’s instructional mission. Presentation and panel topics from last fall’s event included simulations and role-playing, low-stakes assessment techniques, digital badges, open educational resources, and many others.
The next CFE Faculty Showcase will be held on March 24, 2017. Detailed information can be found on the 2017 Faculty Showcase page.
Programs from previous Faculty Showcases
Inside and outside of the classroom, Carolina faculty are using many different communication and instructional technologies; some tried-and-true, others on the cutting edge. CFE staff work with faculty searching for the right match between the goals they set for students and the strategies and tools that can best support those goals.
For example, many faculty are working hard to provide students with timely and useful feedback to facilitate learning. Depending upon the class size, subject matter, level of course, and other tools in use, any number of approaches and tools might work best. CFE staff are well-versed in the pedagogical and logistical aspects of teaching with:
- Course websites and learning management systems (e.g., web.unc.edu and sakai.unc.edu)
- Polling, quizzing, and other formative assessment tools (e.g., Poll EveryWhere and Sakai assessment tools)
- Online presentation and web conferencing tools (e.g., voicethread.unc.edu and Blackboard Collaborate)
The CFE hosted an open forum on MOOCs in September 2013, during which top campus leaders explained Carolina’s involvement in MOOCs; faculty members shared their experiences of teaching MOOCs and discussed their broader implications.
The CFE continues to explore how understanding students’ communication and learning behaviors in an open, online, and massive learning environment can yield benefits for residential and online courses with smaller enrollments.
Carolina’s MOOC program is coordinated by the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. To learn more about MOOCs at Carolina, visit the Friday Center’s website.
Teaching Ideas for Inclement Weather
Don’t get snowed under! Use Sakai tools to hold class online and deliver class materials. Inclement weather can wreak havoc on a full syllabus. Take advantage of the tools in Sakai to keep your class on track.
Voicethread: Instructors may record audio narration over slide presentations. Find out more here: VT FAQs
Collaborate: Are you looking for a more interactive experience? Instructors and students may meet in a virtual classroom equipped with audio and/or video connections; a virtual whiteboard; polling; and chat.
- Add Blackboard Collaborate to your Sakai site and create a session;
- Learn about virtual office hours (uses Sakai Sign-up tool)
Of course Sakai also provides document delivery; quizzing; and discussion forums among many other tools. Don’t let the weather slow you down, contact ITS Teaching and Learning and get prepared before the first flakes fall.