Instruction

Faculty voice: Historical Linguistics course redesign

Published: January 22, 2019
phylogenetic tree

(Image from Chang, Will & Cathcart, Chundra & Hall, David & Garrett, Andrew. “Ancestry-constrained phylogenetic analysis supports the Indo-European steppe hypothesis: Supplementary materials.” Language, vol. 91 no. 1, 2015. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lan.2015.0007) When I first taught my introductory course on historical linguistics in 2016, my student feedback suggested that I could make some improvements to…

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Art History Teaching Resources offers a new resource!

Published: January 7, 2019
AHTR Banner Image

Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) is a web-based platform that connects a diverse field of educators in art history, visual culture, and related fields. Begun in 2013 as a peer-populated resource to improve art historical instruction and raise the profile of teaching in the discipline,  AHTR provides an evolving repository of adaptable lesson plans; a…

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Meet our new staff!

Published: October 2, 2018
RITCs

HumTech welcomes our new Labs Coordinator, Andrew Jessup, and seven members of the Research and Instructional Technology Consultant (RITC) team for 2018-19. Andrew is based in the Learning Lab @ Rolfe (Rolfe Hall 2118). He is a UCLA alum, and joins us from UCSB, where he worked for their library’s Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory. Our RITC…

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A new home(page) for CCLE

Published: October 2, 2018
ccle homepage

You may have noticed that CCLE got an upgrade over the summer. As we mentioned in June the Moodle 3.4 (on which CCLE is built) comes with some new features, security enhancements, and a more streamlined appearance. Among the many changes to the system is a newly redesigned home page. The first thing you may…

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Introducing the Admin Panel: your new course site command center!

Published: October 2, 2018
NORAD command center

As part of the summer upgrade of CCLE, some of the interface changes mean new names and locations for key functions. The Admin Panel has replaced and combined the Course Administration block AND the Control Panel; they are consolidated into one central location, the new one-stop-shop that is the Admin Panel. The Admin Panel is…

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Let them choose, with Group Choice!

Published: October 2, 2018
students in groups

The contact hours that professors and students spend together, whether in the classroom or virtually, is critical to the learning process.  Putting students into groups is often an annoying task to undertake; for professors, it can eat into valuable contact hours during especially in large lectures. For students, choosing groups during class can mean being…

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A new CCLE – with new features!

Published: June 18, 2018

CCLE has a new look, and with it, some nice new features! Launching for summer 2018, the upgrade to UCLA’s course management system gives CCLE a cleaner, more modern appearance in addition to the necessary improvements to the system’s security. The updated interface should make existing features more user-friendly and intuitive. Here are five new…

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Inaugural Course Sharing Symposium at HumTech

Published: June 18, 2018
course sharing symposium lead in

On the afternoon of May 16, instructors from around North Campus joined to discuss the challenges and opportunities around sharing courses across UC campuses. Sharing courses between campuses is a growing trend as it simultaneously provides higher enrollments for the host institution, access to otherwise unavailable courses for remote students, and enables the continued instruction…

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Debating Transformative Teaching in the Humanities

Published: June 18, 2018
Epic Conference

The EPIC Program at UCLA recognizes the possibilities of transformative teaching in the classroom when effort is put forth to embrace diversity: both the diversity of the students and the diversity of pedagogical approaches and technologies available to receptive educators. This philosophy was at the forefront of the Inaugural EPIC (Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative…

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Helping Students Become Better Writers with Calibrated Peer Review

Published: May 8, 2018

Although it’s not specific to the humanities, the teaching of writing is an important priority for undergraduate instruction. Often, we don’t think of technology as a way of helping students learn how to write, because computers can’t understand writing, and are poor judges of its quality. That said, technology can help students become better writers…

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