January 2017, Issue 5

To address student readiness and success, Mamo flips AGRO366

Martha MamoFaced with an enrollment that had jumped from 30 to 95 and seeking a way to address the increased variability in student readiness to take “Soil Nutrient Relationships,” Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture Martha Mamo launched a redesign of her course. 

“Last spring, I was making all these assumptions about my students based on their majors, but I really needed to build up to it. Many were not ready for the course,” Mamo said.

From her perspective, there were only two ways to address the student readiness problem.  Either lower her standards, or find a way to make more time during class to do formative assessment and work through more examples more slowly using active learning techniques.  Lowering her standards was out of the question, so she opted to move the lecture content online and use class time for active learning, working through examples, and case studies. (Read more...)

ITS launches Canvas brown bag series with ACE assessment demo

ITS is launching a monthly Canvas Brown Bag featuring innovative faculty uses of Canvas.  The series launches this Thursday with Associate Professor Chad Brassil demonstrating outcomes and rubrics for ACE assessment at the course level. Sessions will be held at the Nebraska Union on City Campus from noon to 1 pm.

Canvas Brown Bag Schedule

University Libraries

Please remember that the University Libraries provides Subject Specialist Librarians for every department. These expert Librarians can help you enhance your class by helping you identify the best instructional resources, ordering new resources, and providing instructional support. If you have not already done so, please go to http://libraries.unl.edu/subject-specialties and contact your Subject Specialist today! You may also want to share the following tutorial with your students: http://unl.libsurveys.com/subjectspecialists.

 Speaking of tutorials. Virtual Learning Librarian Andrew Cano has coordinated the design of online tutorials that introduce students to the multiple resources and services available to them through the Libraries. Please contact him at 402.472.3991 or andrew.cano@unl.edu to get more information on how these tutorials can be integrated into your courses.

 Finally, students often ask librarians for help writing their papers. While librarians are here to help students conduct their research, there are 16 dedicated writing consultants at the University’s Writing Center trained to support students of all levels and disciples throughout every stage of the writing process from brainstorming ideas through polishing a final draft. The Writing Center has even started a pilot program this semester to provide online support to students on Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 to 9pm Central Time. Students can get more information at http://www.unl.edu/writing/home and schedule an appointment at http://www.unl.edu/writing/scheduling. Please encourage your students to reach out ASAP, though, as available times fill out fast and often weeks in advance!

Jolly receives Staff Star Award

Innovative Instructional Design's Sushma Jolly received the December 2016 Staff Star Award for her support of CEHS faculty teaching online courses using Canvas and Blackboard. 

"She helps each instructor determine how to use technology to teach in an interactive and effective manner." - nominator 

All UNL colleges have assigned instructional designers to support faculty teaching in face-to-face, blended, and online modes.  


Teaching & Tech aims to show how UNL faculty support effective pedagogy with technology, keep faculty apprised of news related to technology projects impacting teaching and inform faculty of upcoming events they may find useful. If there are topics you would like us to cover or faculty who should be featured, please contact Sydney Brown, sbrown3@unl.edu