Can I submit articles for publication on The Wheel?

Absolutely! Just email wheel@ucdavis.edu. Topics may include:

  • Ways you use technology in the classroom
  • Explorations of computer-assisted, hybrid, or online education
  • Experiences with lecture capture, flipped classrooms, clickers, social media networks, YouTube, etc.
  • Reflections on the way technology influences teaching and learning
  • Arguments for or against specific educational technology tools

I use technology in my teaching; how do I share my experiences with other faculty members?

We host a faculty spotlight series on The Wheel and are always looking for new innovators to showcase. If you and/or your colleagues are using technology in an innovative way, email wheel@ucdavis.edu and we will contact you for an interview.

Additional Resources

Information & Educational Technology
Access informational and educational technology resources.

Academic Technology Services
Schedule media and educational technology consultations and services.

Log into UC Davis’ learning management system.

Center for Educational Effectiveness
Access services designed to improve the quality of undergraduate instruction.

Student Disability Center
A variety of services and resources for students with disabilities.

Technology News
A frequently updated blog about technology news at UC Davis and beyond.


ATS Academic Technology Services is part of UC Davis’ Instructional and Educational Technology unit. ATS includes programming, classroom support, computer lab management, video and animation, and faculty support.
Adobe Captivate 6 Captivate is an e-learning authoring software; for example, you can import PowerPoint slides and then add interactive elements like quizzes.
Articulate Articulate is a company that sells e-learning authoring software (Storyline, Studio ’09) and e-learning management software (Articulate Online). The company also promotes an online community to support the development of e-learning courses.
Blended Instruction Often confused with hybrid instruction, blended instruction refers more to the integration of online learning activities into a course without actually reducing “seat time” in a class – for example asking students to watch supplemental videos on a Canvas course site as part of their homework.
Camtasia Camtasia is a screen recording and video editing software commonly used for lecture capture.
Canvas Canvas is the learning management system that UC Davis is using. For information on how to move course content to Canvas, visit Move to Canvas.
Distance Education While often synonymous with online education, distance learning is a much older concept; in the 19th century it existed via the postal service.
DOLCE DOLCE, or Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education, is a group of UC Davis faculty and ATS staff who meet on the first Friday of each month at 12pm in 1310 Surge III. At these meetings, faculty members present on innovative uses of educational technology, followed by discussion.
Educational/ Instructional Technology A broad concept, educational or instructional technology involves the use of digital tools to enhance teaching and learning, as well as the theory behind such practice.
eTexts eText is a general term for any document that one reads digitally. Specific to higher education, eTextbooks are becoming a popular (and more affordable) alternative to physical textbooks. In addition to accessing the text via an eReader or the web, eTextbooks often contain animations and enable students to add annotations and share those annotations with others.Companies like KNO, Flat World KnowledgeSoomo, MindTap, Inkling, and Academic Pub produce these e- or web-texts.
Faculty Support Group Andy Jones leads this group of ATS staff who assist faculty in addressing educational technology needs. Steve Faith and Fernando Socorro are the instructional technology coordinators; they both answer questions and hold workshops on Canvas use. Steve also supports faculty using lecture capture, while Fernando supports faculty using clickers. As instructional designer, Mark Wilson and Margaret Merrill supports faculty who develop hybrid and online courses, and is knowledgeable about the tools that support hybrid and online learning. Alex Rockey and Kayce Mastrup are graduate student researchers and assist the instructional designers.
“Flipped” Classroom “Flipping the classroom” requires students to view prerecorded video “lectures” for homework, and then to devote class time to discussion or group work activities.
Hybrid Instruction Hybrid courses offer some portion of its content in an online format, reducing actual “seat time” in a physical classroom, sometimes by as much as 50%, but this amount varies. For example in a typical 2- or 3-day class, the students and instructor might meet face-to-face once per week, and then students watch videos or engage in online learning activities instead of attending a second or third face-to-face meeting.
LMS A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that enables online instruction. Most LMSs provide a way to efficiently deliver learning materials, to foster communication and collaboration between students, to distribute information from the instructor to students, and to track activity within the LMS. Canvas is UC Davis’ LMS; other examples include Blackboard, and Moodle
Lecture Capture Put simply, lecture capture involves the video and audio recording of an instructor’s lecture. That recording is either streamed to physically absent students, posted online for later viewing, or incorporated into an online, hybrid, or MOOC version of a course.
MOOC A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a form of distance education where all materials are web-based. Thousands of students participate in each course for free. The courses tend to emphasize collaborative interactions between peers (e.g., papers are graded by an extensive peer review system) and revolve around pre-recorded video lectures. Examples of MOOCs include courses offered by Coursera, and Udacity.
OIPP –> UCOE In 2010, the University of California launched the Online Instruction Pilot Project (OIPP) to explore how to effectively integrate online education in the UC undergraduate curriculum. The initiative has developed into University of California Online (UCOE), which currently offers selected online courses to non-matriculated students.
Online Instruction A “fully online” course offers all content via the web; students are not required to physically attend class, though there may be synchronous elements to the online course.
Sakai Sakai is a learning management system collaboratively created and used by hundreds of educational institutions. SmartSite is a version of Sakai. SmartSite is an example of Sakai’s first system, the Collaboration and Learning Environment; CoLE is another example of a more recent Sakai system, the Open Academic Environment.
WASC The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is “one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.” Without accreditation, a university’s students are not eligible for federal loans or grants, and employers may not consider their degree legitimate.
Wheel The Wheel is UC Davis’ instructional technology blog, produced by Dr. Andy Jones and Alex Rockey. The blog provides information about instructional technology so that faculty members don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” as they incorporate technology into their pedagogy.


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