Teaching Assistant Requirements and Process at UNTHSC

In order to have a Teaching Assistant added to a course, please complete the following steps: The TA Name, course name and number, instructor and level of TA access (masters or PhD) is emailed to canvas@unthsc.edu and copied to registrar@unthsc.edu Canvas confirms the student has/has not completed TA BootCamp If not, the student must register and […]

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Assessment and Test Question brown bag lunches

Do you want help writing your quiz or exam questions? Do you have questions about your questions? Come and join your peers and Dr. Kim Meyer, Director of the Center for Innovative Learning and Assistant Professor, for a brown bag lunch to improve existing questions and write new questions for your tests and quizzes. Bring […]


Discussion Board Issues from Laura March and Mark Anthoney, Instructional Designers

Mark Anthoney and Laura March, members of the Instructional Designer to Instructional Designer group have created a fabulous infographic resources to help fix discussion board issues. The online version (which includes live hyperlinks) is available here: http://bit.ly/discussiondoctor.  Full information is available here: http://bit.ly/fulldiscussiondoctor Do you need help with online discussion boards? Contact CIL@unthsc.edu

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Learning Glass

The Center for Innovative Learning now offers faculty the Learning Glass, a transparent glass board, to enhance their instruction.  Contact the CIL at canvas@unthsc.edu  for more information on how to use this service! Image from Eller College of Management on Vimeo The Learning Glass offers faculty the ability to create high quality, compelling recordings of […]

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Timing – Tools for Formative Assessment

Tools for Formative Assessment When can you use it? Concept Mapping Concept maps require a lot of cognitive work on the part of the student, and a lot of preparation and analysis on the part of the instructor. Be sure you have tested the concept map activity yourself and given the class the appropriate amount […]

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Technology Based Options – Tools for Formative Assessment

Tools for Formative Assessment Technology Based Options Concept Mapping There are numerous software tools where students can create concept maps digitally. A few favorites are: Canva   https://www.canva.com/graphs/mind-maps/ Free Mind    http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/ Mindomo    https://www.mindomo.com/ Student-Generated Test Question PeerWise is an excellent, free tool to use for student generated multiple choice questions. Follow the instructions […]


Student Generated Questions

Tools for Formative Assessment Student Generated Test Questions Basic Strategy Students generate test questions and model answers for critical areas of learning. Why would you use it? Helps instructors see what their students consider important or memorable, what they consider to be fair and useful test questions, and how well they can answer the questions […]

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Procedures for Formative Assessment

Tools for Formative Assessment How does it work? Concept Mapping Select the concept/theme you wish students to use as a starting point. Create a concept map: Identify related key words or phrases. Write down words and key phrases. Rank the concepts (key words) from the most abstract/general to the most concrete/specific. Cluster concepts that function […]

Classroom Assessment Techniques – Formative Assessment

Tools for Formative Assessment Formative Assessment enhances learning Why should you include formative assessment in every course? Periodic exams are important, but how do you know that your students are really “getting it” along the way? Formative assessment techniques enable you to take the temperature of your class, so that you can intervene and adjust […]

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Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure testing solution that is now available at UNTHSC for use in face-to-face classes to enhance the integrity and security of tests delivered in Canvas. environment within Canvas. LockDown Browser is a software program that functions as a web browser that prevents students from navigating away from the testing screen. […]

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Snow Day Solutions

What options are available for keeping your class on schedule when there is a snow day or other unforeseen problems prevent you and your students from getting to class? The Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) offers solutions for making sure you don’t fall behind. Before deciding if you should cancel class, be sure to check the UNTHSC […]

CIL Faculty Seminar Series

2017-2018 Teaching Excellence Seminar Series

Teaching Excellence Seminar Series on the Building Blocks of Teaching Excellence Develop and Document Your Teaching Skills Summary: Quality learning begins with quality teaching. Many university professors enter the classroom with little to no practice or training in the skills needed to successfully deliver information in the classroom, particularly those in the sciences. This seminar […]

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Copyright, Fair Use and the Teach Act for materials in courses

How can you determine if you can legally use copyrighted images, documents or videos in your course materials? You may be familiar with the concept of Fair use, which sets the rules for academic use of copyrighted information. The Teach Act also applies to educational use. Here are some decision trees and checklists that will help […]

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Design Thinking for Learning Design

Design Thinking for Learning Design What’s the difference between a learning experience that’s effective versus one that gets forgotten? We introduce a technique for prototyping technology-enhanced learning using a framework of design-oriented pedagogy that leads to learning that sticks with the learner. This process encourages co-design, participatory learning and technology redefinition to create a rich […]

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Educational Technology Countdown: Day 10

Smart wearables can be found in many places. There are wearables that can be found and are engineered for the healthcare industry. The can be used for learning as well. There are smart watches, sleep in headphones, pet trackers, event smart clothing. Check out some of these devices: Athena Personal Security Medical Record Necklace ReSound […]

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Educational Technology Countdown: Day 8

Image from http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/11/15/10-tips-to-get-started-with-sketchnoting-workshop/ Research has shown that drawing your notes, even doodling can help you learn and remember information. Sketchnoting or Visual Note-Taking is one way to do this. A mobile app to try with sketch noting is Paper by FiftyThree. No artistic skills are needed. See also: The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard Show […]