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Teaching with Special Collections
Teaching with Special Collections
This episode explores using library special collections as a course tool for experiential learning. Our guest today is Neil Weijer, the Curator of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection. Neil shares what lead him to special collections and how they can be used as learning tools in the classroom.
Dr. Neil Weijer | Transcript | Bio
Creating Connections through Multicultural Undergraduate Research
You can give your undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in scholarly conversations with international researchers on their most recent works! Listen as Dr. Diba Mani, Instructional Assistant Professor in the College of Health & Human Performance, shares how she developed a research-based virtual exchange experience that her students love.
Dr. Diba Mani | Transcript | Bio
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Dr. Travis Smith | Transcript | Bio | Culturally Responsive Teaching by Dr. Geneva Gay, Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Build a Great Course with an Instructional Designer!
Add an instructional designer (ID) to your teaching toolbox! Laura Jervis and Allyson Haskell, Instructional Designers at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training, share how they can assist you, and some quick tips for designing a successful course.
Laura Jervis & Allyson Haskell | Transcript | Bios
Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences
Fortunately, teaching and research do not have to be mutually exclusive! Dr. Anthony Auletta, lecturer in the Entomology and Nematology department at UF, has successfully merged his passions for teaching and research into a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) that his students love! Listen as he shares ideas for starting a CURE in your courses.
Dr. Anthony Auletta | Transcript | Bio
Making AI Accessible for All
But how can instructors teach AI in a way that is accessible for all learners? Dr. Joel Davis, lecturer in Warrington College of Business, shares how he incorporates his industry experiences with AI into his courses to make AI meaningful for his students.
Dr. Joel Davis | Transcript | Watch another episode on AI: Practical Ways to Teach AI with Jasmine McNealy
Academic Integrity in the Online Environment
Dr. Oliver Grundmann, Clinical Professor in the College of Pharmacy describes how you can develop useful materials and creative scenarios that can guide your students to academic and professional success.
Dr. Oliver Grundmann | Transcript | Bio | UF Academic Integrity Module
Student-Centered Assignments Using Pressbooks
Dr. Matthew Traum, Instructional Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, shares how he involved his students in the creation of his class textbook, giving them a valuable experience they could take with them beyond UF.
Dr. Matthew Traum | Transcript | Bio | Students' Vital Role in OER | Student-Centered Learning in Higher Education
Repurposing Classroom Materials the Right Way
How can we be sure that we, and our students, are using copyrighted materials appropriately in our classrooms? Perry Collins, UF’s scholarly communications librarian breaks down copyright law and fair use, and provides useful questions to help you evaluate whether or not your teaching and learning materials meet the criteria for fair use.
Perry Collins | Transcript | Fair Use @ UF | Codes of Best Practice in Fair Use | Copyright & Fair Use for Public Projects
Practical Ways to Teach AI
Dr. Jasmine McNealy, Associate Professor in the College of Journalism and Communications offers practical strategies and useful resources to help faculty learn about AI and apply it to their teaching, no matter the discipline.
Dr. Jasmine McNealy | Transcript | Bio & Research | Artificial Unintelligence | Algorithms of Oppression | Automating Inequality
The Power of Effective Mentoring
A great mentor has the ability to guide you along any path you take.
For one faculty member at UF, several mentors helped her to discover her passions and achieve her goals. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome, Instructional Assistant Professor in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, shares how she leveraged mentoring relationships to grow her love of engineering and become an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
Dr. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome | Bio | Transcript
The Simple Path to Online Teaching Excellence
The path to building and teaching a great online course is simpler than you may think!
Nikki Lyons from the UF Center for Teaching Excellence explains how the Pathways to Online Teaching Excellence process can help you create exceptional online learning experiences for your students. Online teaching excellence begins with essential design elements that keep the students' perspective as the focus while adding in the personal touches that bring your course to life.
Nikki Lyons | Bio | Schedule a Consultation | Participate in the Pathways Process | Transcript
Globalizing the Curriculum
Having a global learning experience is not limited to students’ ability to travel.
Today, technology and creative teaching offer opportunities to internationalize the curriculum for students in every classroom. Paloma Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Global Learning shares ideas on how you can globalize your course!
Paloma Rodriguez | Bio | International Teaching Funding Opportunities | Transcript
The Secret Sauce for Successful Online Student Teams
Implementing active learning group work to your class may seem a little daunting, especially in the online environment.
Students may also be apprehensive about group work in general. Harrison Hove, Lecturer in the College of Journalism and Communications, has discovered the secret sauce to creating diverse student teams that are unstoppable!
Harrison Hove | Bio | Transcript
Using Infographics as a Teaching Tool
Looking for a way that your students can engage with each other, the course content, and demonstrate their understanding that goes beyond paper writing or exams?
Check out how Dr. Rick Kates uses infographics in his class to promote creativity and deepen students' understanding of the material.
Dr. Rick Kates | Bio | Infographics Publication Transcript
Timely Tips for Canvas
Canvas boasts loads of tools that can save you time and help you create more engaging online courses.
James Kocher, e-Learning Support manager, shares some of his top tips and strategies to help instructors of all skill-levels get the most out of teaching with Canvas.
James Kocher | eLearning Website | Transcript
Creating Memorable Learning with Collaborations
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate collaborative learning into your course?
Raegan Burden, Lecturer of Cultural Engagement in the College of Journalism and Communications, describes how she transformed her course into a start up space where student groups become "ad agencies" and stick together for the semester to complete assignments and produce final projects that are ready for the press!
Raegan Burden | Bio | Transcript
Expand Your Classroom Through Virtual Travel
Teaching in Alternative Spaces doesn’t always mean going outdoors.
You can help your students explore the countries, cultures and peoples by connecting them with language coaches from all over the world! Discover teaching strategies and the technologies that support them from Dr. Crystal Marull, Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese studies.
Dr. Crystal Marull | Bio | Transcript
Using Inkscape as a Teaching Tool
Looking to create interesting graphics for your course?
Listen as Dr. Sujata Krishna, Lecturer in the Department of Physics, shares how she uses the free vector and raster graphics editor Inkscape to create course materials. Find out if Inkscape is the right tool for you!
Dr. Sujata Krishna | Rising Star Award Recognition | Transcript
Learn About Jigsaw Discussions!
Dr. Nick Keiser, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, shares his strategy of using jigsaw discussions to get his undergraduate students immersed in current research.
Dr. Nick Keiser | Keiser Lab Website | Transcript
Scaffolded Role-Play in the Classroom
Make your course more engaging with role-play!
Dr. Kevin MacPherson, Clinical Lecturer and Assistant Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy, teaches a course where Physical Therapy students practice diagnosis and prescription skills by using disease illness scripts. Students apply concepts learned during lecture to prescribe treatment based upon observing other students playing the role of an illness sufferer.
Dr. Kevin MacPherson | Bio | Transcript
Leveling Up Project-Based Learning
Sean Niemi, Lecturer in the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, has developed a semester-long, project-based course that inspires students to develop projects that work— even if that means happily staying up all night!
Dr. Sean Niemi | Bio | Transcript
Ginny Greenway, Ph.D. in The Miller Lab at UF, shares her strategies for helping her undergraduate students to communicate and collaborate effectively with scientists all over the world through Virtual Exchange.
Dr. Ginny Greenway | Research | Transcript
Active Game Learning
Dr. Stacey Curtis, Clinical Assistant Professor and 2018-19 teacher of the year, shares how she incorporates meaningful games and activities into her course to promote student engagement and life-long learning.
Dr. Stacey Curtis | Bio | Transcript
Graduate Online Mentoring
Dr. Swapna Kumar shares how online mentoring can contribute to student success.
Dr. Swapna Kumar | Bio | Research | Transcript
Student Community Involvement
Dr. Kevin Baron shares his successful community-based projects that give students the chance to participate in meaningful work outside the classroom.
Dr. Kevin Baron | Bio | Transcript
Dr. Michelle Farland, Clinical Associate Professor and president-elect of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, discusses her experiences with team-based learning, the challenges, successes, and best practices for any instructor looking to get started.
Dr. Michelle Farland | Bio | More About TBL | TBL Workshop | Transcript
High-Stakes Testing Alternative
Dr. Kevin Knudson shares how he discovered standards based grading and how it transformed the student experience of his typically dreaded calculus class.
Dr. Kevin Knudson | Bio | High-Stakes Testing Alternative Transcript.pdf
Connect with Students: Verbal Communication
Whether it's giving a lecture or speaking one on one with students, verbal communication plays a vital role in the classroom. Jennifer K. Smith shares a wealth of strategies on communication and lecturing that she's learned from teaching and working with other faculty at the University of Florida.
Jennifer K. Smith | Bio
Connect with Students: Verbal Communication Transcript.pdf
Two-Stage Collaborative Assessment
Dr. David Julian explains how two-stage testing has made his students excited about assessment. He provides a brief overview of two-stage exams, examples of how he uses it in his classroom, and most importantly how this strategy has impacted his students.
Dr. David Julian | Bio
Melina Jimenez, English Language Institute instructor, talks about some of the common barriers international students face while studying at the University of Florida. She also gives us some easy course design strategies that benefit all students.
Melina Jimenez | Bio
Creating an Affordable Course
The cost of higher education often becomes a burden for many students. Hear how April Hines, College of Journalism and Communication Librarian, and Herbert Lowe, College of Journalism and Communication Lecturer, teamed up to make course materials more affordable for University of Florida students.
April Hines | Bio
Herbert Lowe | Bio
Creating an Affordable Course Transcript.pdf
First Generation Students
Adrian Cruz shares his story filled with laughter, struggle and success on being a first generation student. Also, Dr. Leslie Pendleton provides strategies to better support and learn from first gen students.
Dr. Leslie Pendleton | Bio
First Generation Students Transcript.pdf
Getting the Most Out of Assessment
We spoke with Corinne Huggins-Manley, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program Coordinator at UF, to hear about strategies for creating good assessment.
Dr. Corinne Huggins-Manley | Bio | Getting the Most Out of Assessment Transcript.pdf
Rising Above Adversity
We sat down with three University of Florida students to hear their stories and the adversity they face. Staff from the Disability Resource Center were also kind enough to share their experience, advice, and hope for students with disabilities.
DRC Staff - Kendra Saunders, Beth Roland, and Gerry Altamirano
UF Students - Julia, Emma, and Rosanna
Disability Resource Center | Rising Above Adversity Transcript.pdf
Fostering Student Success
Create your courses to effectively reach students with different gifts and circumstances. Ashley and Erica fill us in on some tips for creating a course that avoids simply teaching to the middle.
Dr. Ashley MacSuga-Gage | Bio
Dr. Erica McCray | Bio | UDL Tips | Disability Resource Center | Fostering Student Success Transcript.pdf
Why We Love Assessment
Assessment provides information regarding student, faculty, and institutional effectiveness, allowing us to weigh and refine our approach towards teaching.
Dr. Timothy Brophy | Bio | Institutional Assessment at UF | Why We Love Assessment Transcript.pdf
The Career Connections Center
How did you find your career? Odds are there was help along the way. The CCC at UF endeavors to be that help for students and partnering with them as a faculty member may be easier than you think.
Andie Cochran, Jaysen Williams, and Sarah Gould | Biographies
CCC Faculty Page | CCC College Liaisons | CCC Presentation Request
The Career Connections Center Transcript.pdf
Open Educational Resources
Although she would never claim to be an "expert," we believe Alexandra Bitton-Bailey offers great insight on utilizing open educational resources. She has used OER content for several years and now teaches a class that is solely supported by OER.
Alexandra Bitton-Bailey and Dr. John Jordi | Biographies
Open Educational Resource Transcript.pdf
Dr. Richard Conley explains how he crafted a new experiential learning course and the lasting impressions it had on his students.
Dr. Richard Conley | Bio | Experiential Learning Course Guidelines.pdf
Experiential Learning Transcript.pdf
Providing Efficient Feedback
Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren shares how to give great feedback to students while balancing the long list of responsibilities faculty are faced with.
Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren | Bio
Providing Efficient Feedback Transcript.pdf
Strategies for Student Engagement
Ever wonder how to foster engagement with the students who find a cozy spot in the back of the classroom or those who seem lost in thought? Matthew Sowcik shares some great strategies to increase student engagement throughout the semester.
Dr. Matthew Sowcik | Bio
Quality Student Interaction
Mikell Pinkney has many accolades from a professional career on Broadway. However, what continually blew us away was his dedication to students and humble approach to work collectively with them.
Dr. Michael L. "Mikell" Pinkney | Bio
Who doesn't want to be the "cool" professor? As it turns out, being committed to teaching and using a student-centered approach just may land you this title. Dr. Hector Perez, Associate Professor of Seed Biology, Plant Conservation, and Restoration at the University of Florida shares his philosophy, experience, and focus on active learning.
Dr. Héctor E. Pérez | Bio
Building an Inclusive Classroom
As educators, it's our duty to remove barriers that prevent learning. L.B. Hannahs explains how respecting your students' humanity and giving them an active voice in the class will bring exclusive barriers down.
Building an Inclusive Classroom Transcript.pdf
When the semester is coming to a rapid end and student energy is waning, how can you keep them motivated until the very end? Listen in as Kim Moore shares some of her strategies.
Dr. Kimberly Moore | Bio
First Day of Class Strategies
In the very first podcast of the new Teaching Beyond the Podium Podcast Series, faculty from across campus share some of their most memorable first day experiences and strategies that they have developed to start the semester off right!
Dr. Kimberly Moore, Dr. Gillian Lord, Dr. Hector Perez, LB Hannahs, Dr. Melissa Johnson, Dr. Melanie Harris
First Day Strategies Transcript.pdf