The December DOLCE Video Recording is Now Available!

Dear Faculty Colleagues, 

Thanks to all of you who joined us at our December DOLCE (Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education) titled, “Online Discussions and Accessible Materials in Remote Instruction.” We enjoyed presentations from Dr. Marc Tancredi Facciotti from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Genome Center, and Larissa Saco from the Department of Sociology and Academic Technology Services (ATS). The DOLCE video recording is now available!

Dr. Marc Tancredi Facciotti, Associate Professor with appointments in the Genome Center and Department of Biomedical Engineering, spoke about a tool called NotaBene (NB) for online discussion “in context” (i.e., directly in the course content). He has been exploring how this type of forum allows him to predict student engagement and sentiment, and build tools for peer collaboration and instruction. Check out the following additional resources regarding Dr. Facciotti’s talk:

The Development of an Analytic Tool to Better Assess and Support Students’ Affective Engagement While Annotating Online Course Content” by Hyunsoo Gloria Kim

Development of A Machine Learning Predictive Model to Characterize Student Thinking in Biology at Scale” by Kamali Sripathi



Larissa Saco, Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology and Graduate Student Researcher for ATS, covered tech processes for improving the accessibility of Canvas sites and course materials, including presentation slides, Zoom recordings, and AggieVideo media. Check out the following additional resources regarding Larissa Saco’s talk:



For more opportunities to meet with faculty colleagues to discuss teaching and technology, register for the first ATS faculty event of 2021: the January Faculty Forum taking place on Friday the 15th. Please also mark your calendars for the first and third Fridays of the month at 12pm PST during the school year for more DOLCEs and Faculty Forums to come. If you are interested in speaking at one of these events or nominating another speaker, please contact me at  

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Best regards and happy holidays,

Dr. Andy Jones Academic Associate Director, Academic Technology Services Editor in Chief of The Wheel: The Instructional Technology Blog of UC Davis University of California, Davis

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