The Value of Short Instructional Videos

Dear Faculty,  Integrating instructional video into online or face-to-face courses can be a powerful tool to  offer additional explanations about course concepts that students typically struggle with; replace parts of face-to-face lectures to allow more in-class time for students to apply concepts;  establish connections between course content and the real world.  Faculty integrating video into […]

Emerging Educational Technologies: Trends and Challenges from the 2019 Horizon Report

Dear Faculty Colleagues, EDUCAUSE, a leading organization focusing on educational technology, has continued the work of the New Media Consortium in reflecting on emerging educational technologies in a yearly Horizon Report. The 2019 Horizon Report details trends and challenges impacting the adoption of educational technology in higher education as well as important developments in educational […]

The Emergency Closure Resource Curates Resources to Adapt Learning Activities

Emergency Closure Resource: Utilizing group discussions, video lectures, podcasting, peer collaboration, and communication with students

Dear Faculty Colleagues, In response to the emergency campus closure in the fall of 2018, and with the aim of preparing us all for future unforeseen happenstances, Academic Technology Services has created an emergency closure resource to help you adapt course materials should you or the university be forced to cancel in-person class meetings. While […]

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10 Tips for Using Canvas

This piece is written by Alexandra Mauceri, a communication intern for The Wheel. She is a Phi Kappa Phi honors graduate who earned a B.A in Psychology and a minor in professional writing from UC Davis. She currently works in Santa Barbara and is preparing for the law school admissions test. In her spare time, […]

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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 […]

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Language Immersion Through Canvas

Surya Jones, a communication intern for The Wheel, wrote the following piece on using Canvas language settings to improve student learning.  Surya is a senior at UC Davis pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with minors in Anthropology and French. Outside of her academic studies, Surya’s interests include content marketing, social media marketing […]

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Update on Research: Faculty’s Use of Mobile Learning Across Campuses

Dear Faculty, For more than two years now, Dr. Margaret Merrill, instructional designer and educational technologist, and I have been collaborating on a cross-UC study on mobile learning with two other instructional designers, Samantha Eastman and Dr. Mindy Colin, from UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara respectively. In this work, we’ve created a number of […]


How Video has Improved Education for Both Teachers and Students: eLearning Studio

Alexandra Mauceri, a communication intern for The Wheel, wrote the following piece exploring the eLearning Studio at UC Davis.  Alexandra Mauceri is a recent graduate of UC Davis, with a major in Psychology and a minor in professional writing. When she isn’t working for the Wheel, she’s practicing her guitar skills or reading a good […]

Best Practices for Teaching Online Transfer to Face-to-Face Courses

Dear UC Davis Faculty, I recently attended the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators’ 2019 virtual conference. This conference covered a wide-range of topics including training faculty for online teaching, international and intercultural online literacy instruction, communicating with students online, and student expectations for online coursework. While a broad range of topics and institutions were […]