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Join us for DOLCE on May 6, 2022 at noon via Zoom!

Two great faculty presenters will be joining us

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Midway through the spring quarter, we have a few more opportunities this school year to hear some examples of innovative teaching at UC Davis. Please plan to join us via Zoom on Friday, May 6th at noon for a meeting of DOLCE: Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education.

Aldrin Gomes, Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences will talk to us about “Teaching approaches that resonate with diverse students.” As we all know from having taught during the Covid era, and as studies have confirmed, anxiety in the classroom is increasing. As Dr. Gomes points out, “Several studies have shown a strong relationship between test anxiety and exam grades, and between self-efficacy and exam grades.” 

Dr. Gomes will talk to us about why students with higher anxiety and lower self-efficacy do poorly on exams, and what approaches that help reduce student anxiety and improve their self-efficacy can lead to happier and more productive students. Did UC Davis Canvas Modules and class Discords help his NPB students reach their learning goals? Join us to find out. After Dr. Gomes’ prepared remarks, expect also to hear some questions, answers, and discussion about different instructional technologies or media strategies that can help us all reach and inspire our anxious students.

Secondly, we will hear from Professor Greg Pasternack, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. According to the course description of his Virtual River Methods class, Pasternack  offers “Training on and critical thinking about river science and management ‘field’ practices, which shall all be undertaken in a video game virtual setting with high-fidelity river corridors.” I’m sure this is the only course in the nation that trains students how to use the PC outlaw action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 in order to understand how to “interpret landforms, hydrology, plants, and soils to perform wetland delineation and classification.”

Please join us on May 6th at Noon to hear from these engaging speakers, and to participate in the subsequent discussions. Register now! The event will also be recorded and subsequently available for viewing.

We look forward to seeing you May 6th, at 12pm via Zoom

Dr. Andy Jones

Academic Associate Director, Academic Technology Services
Editor in Chief, The Wheel
University of California, Davis


P.S. Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology is back this year on September 8 and 9! The theme is “Unmuting Our Students.” If you are interested in presenting at SITT, you can learn about submitting a proposal here!

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