Teaching Tips

Our articles on the practice of learning and teaching.

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Best Practices

  • Faculty Perspectives: Open Educational Resources

    Open Education Resources (OER) are freely accessible teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed, allowing faculty to legally and freely share, use, and modify educational content for their courses. At UAF, courses tagged as No or Low Cost (NoLo) in the schedule do not require textbooks or materials in excess of $40. Learn more…

  • Public Domain, Copyright, and Fair Use Practices for Effective Teaching

    Anyone can use works that are in the public domain, and you as an educator can also use copyrighted works under the principles of fair use for educational purposes. This teaching tip provides details on copyright law and resources to help you apply fair use in your teaching.

  • Student Advice for Designing Your Best Course Yet

    After four semesters of engaging UAF students and faculty in the LEAP program, several insightful bits of advice on course design are presented from the student point of view.

  • Consider Online Teaching Tools to Promote Efficiency and Student Success

    This teaching tip explores some details to consider when deciding which digital tools to use in your online class such as learning objectives, time, and opportunity. Knowledge is power in answering the question, “Good for us, or bad for us?”

  • The HyFlex Teaching Model: Balancing challenges with innovative teaching strategies

    Exploring HyFlex courses at UAF, this article details student experiences, addresses challenges, offers strategies, and highlights the support available for faculty embracing this flexible, multimodal approach to teaching and learning.

  • Some perspective on the new UAF RSI checklist

    This teaching tip serves as an introduction to the concept of Regular and Substantive Interactions, part of new Federal regulations concerning online education, and offers helpful and specific advice to instructors who are looking to transform their current course into one that not only meets the new regulations, but also increases student success, all while…

Emerging ideas

  • Mitigate AI problems with alternate assessments to the essay

    Generative AI is disrupting normal practices in education, including one of the most often used forms of assessment, the essay. Approaches offered here include using other forms of assessment or embracing AI by modeling good behavior for your students. This tip builds on other ideas published in July.

  • Use ChatGPT to Generate Question Banks in Canvas

    Generating question pools that can be used for effective assessment or practice can be laborious. This teaching tip demonstrates a sequence of steps you can follow that will allow you to direct ChatGPT to create a large number of questions. These questions can then be placed in your Canvas course.

  • Adapting the Essay to Maintain Authenticity in the Era of AI

    Large Language Model Artificial Intelligence technology like ChatGPT is disrupting traditional methods of assessment, especially as it relates to grading via the essay. This teaching tip offers possible solutions, including the incorporation of a revision cycle with reflection.

  • Sharpening Critical Thought with ChatGPT

    In this teaching tip, we explore the possibility of using ChatGPT to develop rich question pools with correct and incorrect responses and having students examine each response in a low-stakes manner. The teaching practice is borrowed from a published article from the Journal of Chemical Education.

  • Dealing with AI generated academic dishonesty from a policy and teaching perspective

    Claiming the work of others, even that which is generated by an AI, as your own, is academic dishonesty. This Teaching Tip will help you face this problem head on and provide solid strategies for helping you and your students navigate an increasingly difficult environment.

  • Ways to constructively use the chatGPT AI in your course

    Fed by massive amounts of data scanned from the Internet, the ChatGPT AI does a remarkable job at producing conversational text and even structured code in response to prompts. The amazing thing is that you can “ask” chatGPT questions in a conversational tone (with text), and it will respond in kind. The answers are not…

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Pedagogy

  • Refresh your course in three simple steps

    Course revisions can be daunting, particularly this year, but a quick course refresh is achievable in three simple steps: start at the beginning, support failure, and remember — less is more!

  • Trauma-informed practices for finals

    For some of us, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the deepest experiences of trauma we’ve had. Trauma can be defined as “any experience in which a person’s internal resources are not adequate to cope with external stressors” (Hoch et al., 2015). Between the pandemic, a contentious national election, and the various stressors we each…

  • Building community in a virtual world

    There is a common misconception that it’s harder for students to feel connected when they can’t meet in person, or that distance-based learning is inherently less impactful for students. Although this may apply in some cases, it’s up to the instructor or facilitator to set the tone for their students. Just like with any learning…

  • We are more than floating heads

    Trauma, anxiety, and depression impact us cognitively, emotionally, and physically. Trauma-informed approaches to pedagogy allow us to take a more holistic, embodied approach to the teaching and learning processes. Read more to learn strategies of embodied and trauma-informed pedagogy to better support students.

  • How to get students to read your feedback

    The type of assessments you give will direct the nature and method of feedback you provide students. Feedback provided throughout the semester can be essential for guiding student learning. However, if students miss seeing your feedback or if they don’t understand what you are saying, their learning experience can be negatively impacted. Or, they may…

  • STEAMy ideas for your course

    A recent trend in higher education involves integrating arts, humanities, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum now known as STEAM. Large research studies (1) show that integration can broaden the student experience within highly specialized fields, heighten student engagement, foster creativity, and build on desired skills like communication, teamwork, and critical thinking to better…

Tools & How to

  • Watercolor Wednesdays

    Discover the art of watercolor with Shayla Sackinger on Feb. 21, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, and May 1, 2024, join us from noon to 2 pm for one of our four watercolor classes

  • Faculty Perspectives: Open Educational Resources

    Open Education Resources (OER) are freely accessible teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed, allowing faculty to legally and freely share, use, and modify educational content for their courses. At UAF, courses tagged as No or Low Cost (NoLo) in the schedule do not require textbooks or materials in excess of $40. Learn more…

  • WCET AI+Education Virtual Summit

    February 22, 2024 • 8 am – 12 pm AKST The UAF Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering a limited number of registrations on a first-come basis. Participate the Summit virtually or at 145 Bunnell Building at CTL. Contact Moss at jlmoss@alaska.edu or 907-455-2081 if you are interested in attending. WCET is the…

  • MILL Makerspace February Challenge

    Map Your Teaching & Learning JourneyFebruary Challenge – MILL Makerspace This challenge is open to all students, faculty and staff, encouraging you to explore and express your educational experiences, growth and discoveries through the creative medium of mapping. We encourage you to think broadly and creatively, using maps as a metaphor for exploration, discovery and…

  • Public Domain, Copyright, and Fair Use Practices for Effective Teaching

    Anyone can use works that are in the public domain, and you as an educator can also use copyrighted works under the principles of fair use for educational purposes. This teaching tip provides details on copyright law and resources to help you apply fair use in your teaching.

  • Build Interactive Content with H5P

    Join us for an introduction to building interactive content for your course! This event took place on February 15, 2024 — 9:30 am. Please find H5P resources below. Schedule an instructional design consult if you would like assistance using H5P in your course. About H5P Make fun interactive learning activities in your course quickly and…

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Inclusive Practice

  • Faculty Perspectives: Open Educational Resources

    Open Education Resources (OER) are freely accessible teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed, allowing faculty to legally and freely share, use, and modify educational content for their courses. At UAF, courses tagged as No or Low Cost (NoLo) in the schedule do not require textbooks or materials in excess of $40. Learn more…

  • Student Advice for Designing Your Best Course Yet

    After four semesters of engaging UAF students and faculty in the LEAP program, several insightful bits of advice on course design are presented from the student point of view.

  • Ways to support your SSS students in/out of the classroom

    Student Support Services (SSS), is a federally funded program for first-gen, low-income, and disabled students, which aims to increase academic achievement. Online and in-person students may face financial difficulties, need accommodations, and struggle with self-advocacy in the college environment.

  • Supporting Students with Mental Health Challenges

    Campuses across the nation are seeing a rise in the frequency and intensity of mental health challenges among college students. This trend is apparent at UAF and many staff and faculty members are left wondering how to best support students experiencing mental health challenges. This teaching tip will describe how the UAF Student Health and…

  • Supporting online learners: academics and beyond

    Online learners often face additional challenges to their education than those that are able to attend in-person. Student Support Services has been able to adapt their services in order to reach those students and provide academic resources and community building.

  • Leveraging campus partnerships to reinforce help-seeking behaviors

    Faculty are a key conduit in a student’s academic path—connecting them to vital resources in the virtual and physical campus environment. Educators have an opportunity to model help-seeking behaviors that aid students from all backgrounds but significantly benefit students from traditionally underrepresented and under-resourced backgrounds.