Twitter as Professional Development?

Brave New World published an article about participatory learning and teaching in the 21st century, which asserts that educators cannot ignore the technologies that permeate our students’ lives, especially since social media creates participatory and communal environments that support a very different kind of learning than the traditional classroom in which an authoritative instructor delivers content to […]

Kirk Alexander

Remembering Kirk Alexander

To the UC Davis Community, Our dear friend and Academic Technology Services colleague Kirk Alexander passed away on October 1st. We were lucky to have Kirk as the lead on the SmartSite project during its launch and first years of adoption at UC Davis, and he subsequently helped many faculty with hybrid and online teaching […]

Steering Wheel

UC Davis to Integrate Google+ and

This Friday (August 30), UC Davis will roll out “Google Apps for Education,” which means that all UC Davis account holders will now have automatic access to Google Drive (which includes  Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets, etc.) and Google +. Students and many faculty already have access to Google Drive through their DavisMail accounts, but Google+ offers […]

Call for Empirical Research on Social Media in the Classroom

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Frostburg, Maryland in June for the 29th annual Computers & Writing Conference. One of my favorite sessions was “From Quill to Tweet,” where three professors from Gardner-Webb University discussed 600 years of literacy. Following medievalist David Parker’s discussion of commonplace books in Tudor London and English professor […]

Webliography of Online Writing Labs

After several conversations about online writing resources, we’ve compiled the below OWL webliography. You’ll find links to the websites, as well as brief descriptions of the types of resources on that site. Many of these sites offer redundant resources, so we’ve tried to point out the more unique elements. If you know of another particularly […]

UC Davis Bloggers

Susanne Rockwell has done a terrific job of compiling a list of UC Davis blogs, and she’s always looking to update it. Recent additions include: Greening the Health System – explores sustainability practices Environments & Societies – extends discussion from the Humanities Institute’s Colloquium Series Arboretum & Public Garden – documents the work being done […]