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Instructional Technology Abroad

Surya Jones, a guest blogger for The Wheel, wrote the following piece on her experience using Canvas while studying abroad.  Baguettes and wine. Tea and crumpets. Fish and chips. Canvas and Moodle? For many students in higher education, studying abroad is a wonderful part of their college experience and a formative aspect of their educational […]

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Using Zoom to Collaborate with Colleagues and Teach Courses

Dear Faculty,  A recent review of existing resources to support faculty’s use of Zoom, a web-conferencing software, unearthed a number of helpful materials to guide faculty in the use of videoconferencing software. These materials can be divided into the two most common ways faculty use Zoom: 1) to collaborate with colleagues and 2) to teach […]

Envisioning the Digital Learning Environment at the University of California, Davis: Full Executive Report Available!

Dear Faculty Colleagues, The full report “Envisioning the Digital Learning Environment at the University of California, Davis” is now available.  Locally referred to as “The DLE,” this report envisions how Academic Technology Services, its instructional designers, and its instructional technologists support faculty as they teach in web-mediated environments, specifically UC Davis Canvas and its associated […]

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 […]