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UAS Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Free and/or low-cost textbook alternatives can have a big impact on student success.

The Alt-Textbook Project, a collaborative initiative of the Egan Library and CELT, provides faculty development and advocacy to increase awareness of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the innovative teaching and learning opportunities these tools can facilitate. Students spend an average of $1,200 per year on texts, and according to a 2014 PIRG report, 7 out of 10 students have forgone purchasing college textbooks due to cost. Faculty use of OER signal an awareness of rising textbook prices and an effort to select course materials with student costs in mind.

Library faculty Jonas Lamb spearheaded the pilot Alt-Textbook Workshop series in 2015-2016, supported by Academic Innovation Funding. Five UAS faculty members (4 from Juneau, 1 from Ketchikan) from English, Education, Economics and Construction Technology completed the workshop. Each provided positive comments on the opportunity to collaborate with faculty outside of their departments, the dedicated time to explore and discover high quality and relevant open educational resources (OER) and discuss among peers the potential for adopting these resources as alternatives to traditional textbooks in their courses. Participants identified and reviewed 15 OER while also reading and providing annotations for 5 scholarly articles exploring OER in the context of pedagogy, efficacy, student engagement and scholarly communication. At least one participant indicated intent to adopt an open textbook for Fall 2016. Over the project’s first year, these efforts have saved students an estimated $20,000-30,000 on textbooks.

Project details, a resource list of OER reviewed by UAS faculty, and information about how to participate are available on the Alt-Textbook webpage.

Join UAS's first interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Open Pedagogy in Spring 2019

Faculty Learning Community on Open Pedagogy
Spring 2019

Call for expressions of interest

CELT is seeking participants for UAS's first interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Open Pedagogy. Meeting over the Spring semester, the group will explore a variety of open educational practices that go far beyond open textbooks and critically examined ways in which students and faculty can use open resources, open licensing, and open tools to work together to design powerful and authentic learning experiences.

The group will read and annotate a single article (using Hypothes.is) and meet for a virtual discussion twice a month on Fridays from 9-10am (beginning on January 25). The tentative schedule of meetings and topics is as follows:

  • Jan 25: From open educational resources to open pedagogy
  • Feb 8: Diversity, equity, and inclusion through open education
  • Feb 22: Privacy, digital redlining, and educational technology 
  • Mar 8 (tentative): A domain of one's own: Wordpress in the classroom 
  • Mar 22: Information environmentalism: Wikipedia in the classroom 
  • April 5: Open pedagogy showcase


If you have any questions about the FLC, please contact Jonas Lamb at jonas.lamb@alaska.edu. If you are interested in participating, please contact CELT at uas.celt@alaska.edu.

What devices do students own? Egan Library decided to find out.

At Egan Library's Open House in September, staff asked student attendees to fill out a short, anonymous survey about the technology they own. The results:

  • 44 surveys were submitted.
  • 42 or 96% of respondents own smart phones
  • 37 (84%) own laptops
  • 15 (34%) own desktops
  • 25 (57%) own tablets
  • 1 respondent owns none of these and relies on public or friend/family computers.
  • 9 or 21% of respondents own all four devices
  • 21 (48%) own a smart phone, laptop OR desktop, and a tablet
  • 36 (86%) own both a smart phone and a laptop
  • 3 respondents own only a smart phone and a tablet
  • 2 respondents own only a smart phone
  • 1 respondent owns only a laptop

ScholarWorks@UA provides a platform for completed projects from UAS' URECA program.

ScholarWorks@UA is our institutional repository (IR), a partnership between UA system universities and the Arctic Supercomputing Center aimed at collecting, preserving, and disseminating the intellectual output of UA faculty, staff, and students. ScholarWorks@UA enables UAS users to highlight their best scholarly and creative work, reach a worldwide audience, facilitate collaboration, and attract faculty, staff, and students to UAS, and materials deposited in the IR are discoverable by OneSearch as well as Google Scholar. In addition to including work such as master's theses, ScholarWorks@UA provides a platform for UAS’ Undergraduate Research, Experiential & Creative Activities (URECA) program, which provides funding for students to engage in extra-curricular research and creative activities and opportunities for faculty to mentor students on projects that complement and expand upon traditional teaching and learning. Completed projects are uploaded to ScholarWorks@UA upon completion each spring.

Learn how Professor Reid Brewer delivers Fish Tech courses to his students.

In order to reach out students across the state of Alaska and beyond, Reid Brewer and the UAS Fisheries Technology program has started recording and loading 3-credit classes on Apple iPads. Each of the seven classes available in this format can be taken from anywhere in the state, or nation for that matter, on a UAS supplied iPad. All of the lectures, reading assignments, writing assignments, videos and exams are stored on the iPad so that no internet access is required. Each class is broken up into 8 to 12 student learning outcomes that are taught in 10 to 15 minute mini-lectures and end with self-check quizzes to make sure students are keeping pace with the information. Each class has a PDF reading assignment in the iBooks application and a writing assignment in the Pages application. Exams are accessed through the ExamSoft application and guided access locks down the iPad while students take exams. All classes have pre and post course exams to evaluate student learning, and once iPads are connected to the internet, exams are downloaded to instructors. In spring 2017, 73 students signed up for 219 Fish Tech credits on Apple iPads. Based upon end of course surveys, students enjoy the flexibility of taking classes with student led learning, the engaging self-check quizzes and at least 75% of surveyed students said that they couldn't have taken traditional face to face or semester-long distance classes.

CELT

UAS Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Providing regional peer to peer and professional support for UAS faculty in the areas of instructional design and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
uas.celt@alaska.edu

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CELT Activities

IDN

Instructional Design Network

supporting faculty in the design and development of e-Learning courses

Visit the IDN site »

STL

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

providing opportunities for professional development and peer-to-peer learning

Visit the STL site »

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events
DateDescription
Nov 16, 2018 12 PM

STL

Student Engagement Strategies for the University Classroom
Nov 28, 2018 11:30 AM

STL

Embedded Tutoring

CELT Featured Events

STL

Student Engagement Strategies for the University Classroom

Emily Williams from the School of Education will present strategies you can use to engage your students both in person and online. Learn techniques to encourage in-class discussion, differentiate your teaching to reach more students, and manage distractions in oline classes, among others. This presentation will be activity-focused with time for discussion. Bring your questions and share what works in your classroom (or doesn't).

This program will be available through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/9042172335, and via Conference Now.

STL

Embedded Tutoring

Join Emily Wall, Allison Neeland, and faculty who have implemented embedded tutoring this semester to learn about embedded tutoring and brainstorm ideas to move the program forward for next semester.

This program will be available via Blackboard Collaborate at http://bit.ly/celtcollab.

Get involved with CELT

CELT serves and supports all UAS faculty by providing professional development opportunities and collegial learning spaces around teaching and learning.

All faculty are welcome to participate in our upcoming workshops and events, shown above and tagged as IDN (Instructional Design Network) or STL (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning) according to their primary focus. If you attended a session recently and wish to provide feedback, please do so using the feedback form at right.

Faculty seeking leadership opportunities are encouraged to submit proposals for one-time or a series of workshops/events around teaching and learning. Faculty facilitators may work with their Dean/Director to craft a proposal eligible for workload credit.

CELT Personnel

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Phone

  • Information: 796-6557
  • Toll-Free: 1-877-465-4827

Fax

  • Fax: 796-6249

Address

Egan Library
Room 103
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

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Elise Tomlinson

UAS Library Dean, including the Learning, Testing, & Writing Centers, & the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)

Phone: 796-6467

Email:

Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 208, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.elisetomlinson.com

Education

BFA, University of Alaska Anchorage;  MLIS, University of Hawaii Manoa

Courses Taught

LS110 - Library Resources and Information Literacy

LS111 - Library Information Literacy for Distance Students

Biography

Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 30 years.  She became the new Regional Library Director for UAS in 2012.  In 2016 she also began overseeing the Juneau campus Learning, Testing, and Writing Centers and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Outside of librarianship, Elise is a painter and a photographer who exhibits regularly in Juneau.  She also loves to spend time with her family skiing, sailing, and playing musical instruments.  Come by and say hello the next time you're in the library!

Hours

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Maureen O'Halloran

Regional Instructional Design Coordinator

Phone: 796-6557

Email:

Egan Library, 103, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/celt

Education

B.S. Physics, Wisconsin; Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University.

Other

At UAS since 2004. Supports faculty in design and development of e-Learning courses. Adjunct Instructor in Physics.

Tim Powers

Professor of Information Systems

Phone: 796-6341Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, 117, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/arts_sciences/bpa

Courses Taught

Introductory Network Administration, Advanced Network Administration

Kaia Henrickson

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Information Literacy Librarian

Phone: 907-796-6515

Email:

Egan Library

Egan Library, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

  • MAT University of Alaska Southeast (2004)
  • MLIS Simmons College (2000)
  • BFA Corcoran College of Art and Design (1998)

Affiliations

American Library Association (ACRL), Alaska Library Association

Courses Taught

LS 110, LS 111