Dr. Laci Gerhart-Barley

AudioBlog Entry: Dr. Laci Gerhart Barley on Using Aggie Video During the “Smoke Break”

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Dr. Laci Gerhart-Barley from the Department of Evolution and Ecology recently joined me for the Spring quarter AudioBlog entry to share her experience using Aggie Video during the emergency closure in November 2018.

In this AudioBlog entry, we learn that Dr. Gerhart-Barley used Open Broadcaster Software to record her lectures and publish them on UC Davis Canvas with Aggie Video. She notes some particularly successful aspects of her use of video:

  • Since she already used lecture capture, she published the lectures recorded during the “smoke break” in the same location on Canvas. Students found this especially helpful as they were already used to accessing videos in this location.
  • Students appreciated having access to the content during the unscheduled break. During this time, students felt a lot of anxiety about catching up on work when they returned to campus; having access to course content even during the break helped to assuage their concerns.

Dr. Gerhart-Barley also shared her experience using Gradescope to help with multiple graders, creating rubrics, and maintaining consistency when grading 300-700 student assignments.

Dr. Gerhart-Barley’s talk highlights an important lesson we can all keep in our back pocket: during emergency closures, the most successful uses of instructional technologies are ones that leverage technologies students are already accustomed to using in their course.

For more details and to hear this engaging and successful faculty member’s perspective in her own words, please feel free to check out Dr. Laci Gerhart-Barley’s AudioBlog entry.

In addition, Friday, May 3rd Dr. Laci Gerhart-Barley will be presenting at DOLCE a talk titled “Integrating Online Citizen Science Tools in College Courses.” Please join us this Friday, May 3rd at noon in 1310 Surge III/The Grove to hear her insights.  


Andy Jones


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