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Planning for Accessibility

Dear Faculty, As an increasing number of our classes are digitally mediated, with the help of UC Davis Canvas and other tools, faculty are more frequently encountering the need for student accessibility with regard to our resources and class activities. Furthermore, a plethora of information (not all of it accurate) on accessibility can make designing […]

Let’s Just Use Google Drive? Google Doc Collaboration: Advantages and Strategies

Mariana Galindo-Vega, a communication intern for The Wheel, wrote the following piece about her experience using Google Docs to coordinate student schedules.  You will find Mariana Galindo-Vega, a third-year Sociology and Spanish double major, reading and writing around campus on a daily basis. Her friends, cooking, and dancing (sometimes all three) entertain her when she […]

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University of California Computing Services Conference 2017

By Alex Rockey, Graduate Student Researcher, Academic Technology Services and Margaret Merrill, Instructional Designer, Academic Technology Services Margaret and I had the pleasure of presenting at the University of California Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) in San Diego in early August. We have been collaborating on a mobile learning research project with other instructional designers from […]

Instructional Technology in Minca, Colombia

By Alex Rockey Graduate Student Researcher, Academic Technology Services Many of the blog posts in The Wheel appropriately focus on instructional technology and faculty at UC Davis. In honor of summer vacation, this post will take us a little further afield … to Colombia. I had the pleasure of spending three summers in Colombia from […]

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ATS Stars Margaret Merrill and Alex Rockey Present New Research on Mobile Learning

In August two members of our ATS Faculty Support team, Instructional Designer Dr. Margaret Merrill, and Graduate Student Researcher Alex Rockey, will be making the trek down to San Diego to present at the University of California Computing Services Conference on a mobile learning research project on which they have been collaborating with three other […]

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Beer and Brewing with Charlie Bamforth Launched Online (Spring 2017)

  Colleagues, Academic Technology Services has been partnering with the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in helping adapt one of UC Davis’s most popular courses, Introduction to Beer and Brewing, into a fully online course. This has been a huge project! The fully online course launched for the first time this Spring quarter, […]

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Canvas Workshop Handout — look at our planned series of Canvas workshops for the coming year!

Looking forward to today’s Canvas faculty forum, we wanted to share with you the handout prepared by Dr. Tabia Lee, one of our Instructional Technologists.   On another front, if you have been having trouble connecting with certain internet resources today, you are not the only one: See “When the Entire Internet Seems to Break […]


Canvas Town Hall on September 30th at noon — join us in 1310 Surge III / The Grove

Canvas Town Hall Friday, September 30th at Noon 1310 Surge III / The Grove   Many faculty at UC Davis have questions about Canvas, our new Learning Management System. Many have attended introductory workshops, but now that we are ten days into the quarter, we may have more advanced questions about assignments, grading, and the use […]