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President’s Staff Award for Excellence: Kristi O’Neil-Gonzalez

President’s Staff Award for Excellence: Kristi O’Neil-Gonzalez

Teaching and Learning Innovations is so proud to share that one of our own—Kristi-O’Neil-Gonzalez, Instructional Technologist-Accessibility Lead and FIT Studio Coordinator—was named this year’s recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Excellence. Kristi’s expertise and dedicated efforts toward accessibility and inclusion helped TLi articulate this set of values as one of our four core areas […]

Renewed Vision

Renewed Vision

Teaching and Learning Innovations has been very busy over the Summer! In addition to helping faculty prepare for a new academic year and updating our academic technology infrastructure (Zoom, Canvas, VoiceThread, PlayPosit, Hypothesis, etc.), among many other things, we also took some time for introspection and planning for the future. We entered into a strategic […]

Virtually Possible: Reflection #1

Virtually Possible: Reflection #1

In this TLi Reflection Series: Epiphanies, Lessons, & Hard Truths post, CI faculty were asked to reflect on their teaching and learning experiences during AY2020-21 virtual instruction. The first reflection is by Elizabeth (Bonnie) Lavin-Hughes, a PADA faculty member at CI. What program or department to do teach for? If possible, share a picture of yourself or your […]

Virtually Possible: Reflection #2

Virtually Possible: Reflection #2

In this TLi Reflection Series: Epiphanies, Lessons, & Hard Truths post, CI faculty were asked to reflect on their teaching and learning experiences during AY2020-21 virtual instruction. The second reflection is by Rachael Jordan, a faculty member with the English Program at CI. What program or department to do teach for? If possible, share a picture of yourself […]

Virtually Possible: Reflection #3

Virtually Possible: Reflection #3

In this TLi Reflection Series: Epiphanies, Lessons, & Hard Truths post, CI faculty were asked to reflect on their teaching and learning experiences during AY2020-21 virtual instruction. The third reflection is by Ellen Lewis, a faculty member of the Psychology Department at CI. What program or department to do teach for? If possible, share a picture of yourself […]

Virtually Possible: Reflection #4

Virtually Possible: Reflection #4

In this TLi Reflection Series: Epiphanies, Lessons, & Hard Truths post, CI faculty were asked to reflect on their teaching and learning experiences during AY2020-21 virtual instruction. The fourth reflection is by Lorna Gonzalez, a faculty member with the School of Education at CI. What program or department to do teach for? If possible, share a picture of […]

How We Leveled Up Our Teaching Using Streaming Software

How We Leveled Up Our Teaching Using Streaming Software

While we rely on the ease of connecting via video conference tools, for lecture capture, you may be seeking a more robust platform. William (Billy) Munroe and Benny Ng, Chemistry Faculty, and two of our TLi faculty mentors have sought solutions through Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). This freely available software can be used to liven up your […]

Training Special Educators without Charging a Penny for Textbooks; One Department’s Quest for Affordability and Accessibility through Camaraderie

Training Special Educators without Charging a Penny for Textbooks; One Department’s Quest for Affordability and Accessibility through Camaraderie

When I became a special education teacher several years ago, affordability was high on my list of considerations when it came to the programs I researched.  After more than four years of undergraduate education and a few career misfires, I was not in a position to pay another year or two of tuition, books, and […]

Encouraging Engagement with Recorded Videos: A Love Letter to PlayPosit

Encouraging Engagement with Recorded Videos: A Love Letter to PlayPosit

The Problem As educators, we should all be aware that students typically have an attention span of about 10-15 minutes. When teaching in person, we can address this fact by adjusting the pace of our lectures, responding to student questions, and engaging students with our movements and facial expressions as well as class activities. Maintaining […]

Creating a “Fun” Zoom Learning Environment

Creating a “Fun” Zoom Learning Environment

Teaching in a virtual environment can be challenging. When logging in to teach a synchronous Zoom session, many of my students and myself, have already spent hours that day staring at the screens of digital devices. They probably do not want to spend an hour or more listening to a boring lecture. I successfully used […]

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