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Elements of Success: A ‘Game Changer’ for Large Courses

“Elements of Success appealed to me as an opportunity to support student success,” says Philip Combiths, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Combiths uses the platform in Phonetics, an undergraduate course with 100 second-year students. For many...Read more

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Help Us Improve the OTLT Website and Earn a Gift Card

We’re redesigning our website, and we want to hear from you.

We’re conducting usability studies to learn why you use our website, what information you’re seeking, and how you navigate our site.

All selected participants will receive a $25 gift card upon...Read more

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7 Questions to Ask Before Adding Technology to Your Course

New technologies can provide new opportunities for teaching and learning. But with so many available options, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are seven questions to help you determine if a technology is right for your course.

How does the technology help...Read more
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OTLT Welcomes New Staff Members

Please join us in welcoming three new staff members to the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology (OTLT).

Lauren Andrews

As an IT support consultant on the Enterprise Instructional Technology team, Andrews provides service management and tier-three user...Read more

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Video: Promoting Self-Regulated Learning with Elements of Success

Help your students succeed by implementing a learning analytics dashboard that generates real-time performance feedback for students in an easy-to-understand format.

Elements of Success was developed by the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Administrative Information...Read more

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Midterm Student Feedback: Why and How?

Midterm feedback can nurture students’ learning experiences and improve instructors’ teaching practices.

Students’ feedback about their learning experiences can be elicited in various ways. A common form is the summative course evaluation, where students reflect on their experience with...Read more

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It’s Time to Order Your Course Materials

It may feel like the fall semester has barely begun, but now is the time to select instructional materials for the courses you will teach in the winter or spring term.

After you’ve selected content that aligns with your learning objectives, it is important to...Read more

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Gradescope: Reduce Time Spent Grading

Used for delivering assessments in any format, Gradescope is the ideal tool for providing feedback on student assignments, including written formulas, graphs, calculations, and other kinds of work that cannot be easily graded using ICON SpeedGrader. Students can even upload handwritten work to...Read more

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New Quizzes, More Options

A new quiz engine called New Quizzes is coming to Canvas, the learning management system that powers ICON. New Quizzes will allow instructors to create assessments using a wider variety of question types and provide new features, such as the option to print quizzes and...Read more


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