News Category: Instructional Design

Level Up: Engaging Students Online with Digital Badges

Feb. 2, 2018

How do you motivate students in an asynchronous online course? Ben Bays, an instructor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film, talks about engaging students and motivating them to go above and beyond standard course requirements through the use of an online badging application. In Ben's case, he's using an application called Badgr.  Badgr integrates seamlessly with Canvas and is easy to set up. There are both free and paid versions. 

Meeting Student Needs Amid Opposing Technology Bans

Dec. 19, 2017

A recent New York Times opinion piece explaining the author’s decision to ban laptops in her class has generated many rebuttals centering mainly on two issues. First, and in my view by far the most important, students with learning issues may need laptops, and a ban unfairly stigmatizes these students. Second, a ban requires students to ask permission to do something that ought to be the student’s decision.

Developing New Learning Spaces in the Perry-Castaneda Library

Feb. 3, 2017

In 2003, I came to the UT Libraries with a passion for teaching students to think critically about information. Informed by the literature and best practices in information literacy instruction, I was ready to work with my classes as a guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage, facilitating peer-to-peer learning and incorporating active learning into class plans. I hadn’t thought about how the physical spaces in which I taught could help or hinder my teaching approaches.