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Audio Interview with Spanish Professor Robert Blake on Teaching with Technology

Robert Blake, a distinguished professor of Spanish and the Director of the Davis Language Center, joined me for the Spring quarter audio blog entry. Our discussion covered a variety of topics ranging from Robert Blake’s training graduate students to teaching online courses to providing audio and visual feedback via UC Davis Canvas. In this audio […]

Victoria Cross and Andy Jones

“Go Critical Thinking” with Dr. Victoria Cross: An AudioBlog Entry

Dear Faculty Colleagues, Victoria Cross, a brilliant educator from the Department of Psychology, joined me for our inaugural audio blog entry. Such mini-podcasts will give Wheel readers the opportunity to hear the voices of talented faculty at UC Davis as they discuss their experiences with implementing technology to support student learning. Click here to listen […]

Audio from our recent Faculty Panel on teaching with

Dear Faculty Colleagues, On Thursday, May 26, a number of faculty and staff came together to discuss teaching with, a tool that UC Davis faculty are using to share materials with students during the extended SmartSite outage. Questions were asked and answered about communication via class mailing lists, the use of Box to share […]

Video: February DOLCE (Clickers, Adaptive Online Modules, & Accessibility Tools)

We had an excellent DOLCE last Friday! Human Ecology professors Lisa Rapalyea & Nicole Polen-Petit gave a fascinating talk on their use of Clickers & Adaptive Online Modules in their large-lecture undergraduate classes. The online modules supplement the students’ textbook reading, making sure they’ve fully mastered the content before coming to class, where the clickers increase […]

VIDEO: December DOLCE Features NonFiction Writing Instruction, NB (nota bene), and Aggie Feed

We enjoyed seeing everyone earlier this month at the DOLCE (Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education) meeting! David Lazar, of Colombia College Chicago, kicked off the meeting by leading us in a discussion of pedagogical principles, specifically pertaining to non-fiction writing instruction. Then, Philip Matern, a graduate student in Neuroscience, Physiology, and Behavior, demonstrated experiences NB, […]

Gaming in Higher Education: Jane McGonigal’s TED Talk

At last month’s DOLCE meeting, David Levin (Director of ATS) gave a quick presentation about his experiences at the recent EDUCAUSE Conference. Gaming was a particularly popular topic at the conference, and David had the opportunity to hear Jane McGonigal talk about her work. Below, you’ll find an excellent TED talk that McGonigal gave a […]

Don’t Miss the Camtasia for Beginners Workshop this Friday!

If you’re interested in learning about how to create and edit videos, you won’t want to miss Dan Comins’ Camtasia workshop this Friday, November 8 from 12-1:30pm in 2060 Sciences Lab. The workshop is part of the FLIP (Future Learning in Practice) series, which occurs on the second Friday of each month. Dan, ATS’s instructional […]

Video: Digital Badges, Gaming, & A New Look for SmartSite

We had a great time at the DOLCE (Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education) meeting last Friday! As you’ll see in the video below, Joanna Normoyle talked about her work creating a digital badge system for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major, David Levin shared what he learned about gaming at the recent EDUCAUSE Conference, […]

Dr. Andy was on the radio!

Wheel editor Dr. Andy Jones appeared on Monday’s edition of Insight, the Capital Public Radio morning show hosted by Beth Ruyak. Andy talked about print journalism, television media, and social media, including Twitter. If you’d like to listen in, visit