The annual Teaching TechXploration is taking place in November! Teaching TechXploration is an event for UF faculty, instructional designers, and anyone interested in the intersections of teaching and technology. On November 9th from 1:00 – 4:00pm, services from UFIT as well as the Center for Teaching Excellence will be leading sessions on topics that include Canvas, learning analytics, cloud tools, teaching practices, and more.
Accessible instructional materials are materials that are designed to be usable by the widest range of students possible, including individuals with disabilities. Providing multiple ways for students to gain and demonstrate their knowledge and interact goes a long way toward making a course accessible to all students.
On August 22nd at 10:00am, my colleague Chris Sharp and I will be hosting a new Tech Bytes like none other! We’re entering our “Tech Kitchen” to host a live one-hour cooking show where we will present “30-Minute Recipes” using technology and tools to increase instructor presence in your courses!
Think about a course you teach, and focus in on a specific lesson. What—other than text—do your students see? Maybe there are pictures of a person or place you’re talking about; you might use graphics to explain a complex cycle or process; or perhaps the visuals are the lesson, such as when you’re asking students to analyze trends from a graph. All of these are helpful to include in a lecture, but what happens when one of your students can’t see them?
The University of Florida is running a limited pilot of Gradescope by TurnItIn, a feedback and assessment tool that streamlines grading exams, homework, and other assignments. By reducing the logistical time required to grade, instructors using Gradescope can provide more timely and constructive feedback for students. This post outlines Gradescope features and the opportunities to participate in the pilot.