Challenges and opportunities of flipping a class - Video from a recent DOLCE with Joseph Biello

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Thanks to all of you who attended our February 3rd DOLCE about flipping a class using instructional videos. This DOLCE featured Professor Joseph Biello from the UC Davis Department of Mathematics.

Enjoy this short preview, and review the full recording.

Please plan to join us every first and third Friday of the month at noon (via Zoom) for forums like this one.

Join us for DOLCE this Friday, February 3 for a noon discussion on teaching with video and other topics

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Before the pandemic made Zoom ubiquitous and home-recorded instructional videos commonplace, our colleague from Mathematics, Joseph Biello, had started sharing what he calls “really clear videos” in his Math 21D: Vector Analysis class, and then using class time to engage with students and solve math problems requested by the students. 

Ed Tech Week welcomes returning faculty to winter instruction and to Academic Technology Services

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

With winter instruction beginning next week, you’re likely busily preparing the lessons, assignments, and assessments that will help students achieve the learning outcomes of your classes. Whether you’re new to teaching or a classroom veteran, Academic Technology Services stands ready to help you set up content and tools for your courses, including by assisting with developing Canvas materials, producing instructional media, introducing you to new teaching technologies, and more.

A conversation about metacognition - Video from a recent Faculty Forum

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Thanks to all of you who attended our November 18th Faculty Forum, and special thanks to our friend Dr. Victoria Cross from the Department of Psychology. Dr. Cross led a thoughtful discussion about how we can encourage students to think about their thinking and learn about their approaches to learning.

Enjoy this short preview, and review the full recording.

Attempts at Unmasking

“Although I know it's unfair, I reveal myself one mask at a time.” Stephen Dunn


I recently taught my last writing class of the fall 2022 quarter, so now that I am spending time with a final stack of submitted essays, I’ve also been thinking about my students and how much I’ve enjoyed their company.

Redesigning office hours - Video from a recent DOLCE event

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Thanks to all of you who attended our November 4th DOLCE event. James Housefield from the Department of Design shared a thought-provoking talk about how his BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) model for office hours came about, and what he hopes his current students get out of it. A few of Dr. Housefield’s students - past and present - attended and shared the value they found in the format of these office hours and the community that results.

ATS Ed Tech Spotlight Series: Gradescope for New Users

Have you been searching for a tool to streamline your evaluation of paper-based or electronic assignments and quizzes? Do you want to collaboratively create and modify grading rubrics? Do you wish it were easier to coordinate teams of TAs as they review student work? If so, Gradescope may be a good fit for your courses.

ATS Ed Tech Spotlight Series: Introduction to PlayPosit

If you're like many faculty out there, you've probably increased your use of instructional videos significantly in the last few years to accommodate remote teaching and the need for increased flexibility to help students succeed in your courses. As more and more of your content is shared through on-demand video, however, you may be concerned that students aren't engaging as actively with their learning as they might in a face-to-face class.

Join us for the first DOLCE of the fall!

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Welcome back to another fall of teaching and of ATS faculty support forums at UC Davis. 

At noon on every first and third Friday of the month during the school year, Academic Technology Services hosts faculty forums on teaching and instructional technology topics that will introduce you to the innovative teaching practices of our colleagues, and highlight a community of support that will help to improve your teaching at UC Davis.