Programs & Events

FITC Faculty Seminar Series

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The Faculty Instructional Technology Center and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs hosted a very special presentation on hybrid and online instruction with experts from other UC campuses.

On March 10, 2014, 10:00 am – Noon at the FITC in McHenry Library

Notes from the Field

Expert Instructional Support Specialists and Designers representing Centers for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Academic Computing and Centers for Teaching Excellence from the University of California will share innovations, best practices and standards from their work with faculty from each of their campuses as they use and explore instructional technologies for Hybrid, Flipped and Online Courses.

Introduction by Herbert Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Lightning Presentations

Topic                                                                                      Presenters

Provost Hybrid Course Award Program                                    Cara Harwood, Dan Comins, UC Davis

Through the Learning Glass Demo                                          Joan Holmquist, Dan Suchy, UC San Diego

Using DBs in lieu of written papers                                          Dr. Leo Schouest, UC Riverside [Handouts.zip]

What’s Next? The Learner Pathway                                         Kim DeBacco, UC Santa Barbara [Handouts.zip]     

Action Research & Benchmarking with Peer Institutions          Sheryl Hathaway, UC Irvine

Electronic Notebooks and Digital Texts                                    Amy Fenstermaker, UC Merced  

Recorded Sessions available at:

Part 1 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44747518
Part 2 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44749104

Other Recorded Seminars

Discovery – What I learned using eCommons

November 16, 2011, 3:00 pm Miriam Greenberg, Sociology

Regularization and Specialization: Designing a flexible eCommons Teacher Site for Sociology 10

Miriam Greenberg will discuss her work with co-instructors Jenny Reardon and Deborah Gould to design a flexible, user-friendly teacher site for "Sociology 10: Issues and Problems in American Society," a core course that is both theoretical and topical, and is taught by alternating instructors from year to year.  The goal was to create a site that could regularize fundamental aspects of the curriculum, as well as be adaptable to changing times and to the specializations of different instructors.  They accomplished this through the use of a wiki to organize and link to resources, creating both static content and swappable "modules" on particular themes.

Listen to the webcast recording of her talk. Webcast, Greenberg.

February 7, 2012, Noon - 1:30 pm Elizabeth Stephens, Art, eCommons and Artists

Elizabeth Stephens will discuss using eCommons in conjunction with teaching her large art course 3D Foundation. This course was a hybrid course that combined large weekly lectures with studio sections where the students made 3D art work.  Implementing eCommons in this foundation course has proven extremely useful for sharing information with large numbers of students.  This web based format also makes it easy to share images of art work, artists websites and to post lectures online.  eCommons has also posed challenges in terms following how the students absorb the information, especially the art,  presented online as the web is one step further removed from physical art work.  Stephens will discuss these issues and more in her presentation on eCommons in art foundation courses.

Listen to the webcasat recording of her talk, Webcast, Stephens