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Zoom Security

  Controls for Zoom-bombing We have had recent reports of “Zoom-bombing” during some Zoom sessions at UTC.  Zoom-bombing refers to individuals either showing or saying things that are inappropriate. We wanted to provide you with information to assist you in minimizing this likelihood with preemptive and in session controls to deal with Zoom-bombing.   A fifteen-minute Zoom security webinar has been posted by the Walker Center for Teaching and

Preparing for Summer Classes

  For those of you teaching summer classes, the summer syllabus template is available. This template is in an accessible format. A couple of updates have been made to the template since spring semester: Reference to the current versions of the Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct (January 2020) Updating of the IT support email address to helpdesk@utc.edu.   It is a best practice to let students know

Tips for Final Exams

  It’s getting to be that time when we start preparing for final exams, and this semester’s finals are going to be very different! Here are some suggestions to consider: 1.   Keep to the published final exam schedule but consider giving a longer window of time for students to access the test. Students may not have access to a computer and/or Wi-Fi during the published 2-hour time. For example, consider

Academic Integrity for Online Learning

  With our unexpected shift to online instruction, you may be thinking of ways to maintain the academic integrity of your courses. Below we provide some recommendations to assist you through this transition and for future course planning. Maintaining Academic Integrity Begin assignments and exams with the Honor Code pledge and/or an acknowledgement that the Honor Code applies. Honor Code Pledge. (a) The University’s Honor Code Pledge states: “As

COVID-19 Resources for Faculty

  We are offering many resources for faculty during the transition to online and distance delivery of courses. If you need assistance you can reach us via email (wctl@utc.edu) or by telephone (423-425-4188).   For immediate help with Zoom or Canvas Studio, please see one of our recorded training sessions: Zoom Canvas Studio   Additional resources:   Upcoming Training Sessions: https://www.utc.edu/walker-center-teaching-learning/schedule/utc-learn.php Faculty Canvas Tutorials: https://www.utc.edu/learn/faculty/course-design-delivery.php Student Canvas Tutorials: https://www.utc.edu/learn/student/tutorials-technology.php

Navigating the First Day of Classes

  No matter how many years we may teach, the chaos of the first day of classes can make us feel like newbies again. And we are all too aware, whether Oscar Wilde said it or not, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” With this in mind, WCTL offers a few thoughts for navigating the first day of classes:   Capture their Imaginations:

Instructional Excellence Conference 2019

  Each year in May, the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning hosts their Instructional Excellence Conference. This year’s conference on May 7th-8th featured renowned author and speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The attendance this year was higher than ever before and many of our UTC faculty and guests commented on the helpful teaching strategies they learned from the workshops focused

2019 Experiential Learning Celebratory Luncheon

On Friday, March 29 from 11:30-1pm, over 130 community partners and UTC staff and faculty attended the first ever Experiential Learning Celebratory Luncheon in the UC Chattanooga Rooms. The Chancellor, Provost, Experiential Learning Task Force, and many other Experiential Learning partners came together to meet each other, hear Provost Hynd and Chancellor Angle’s remarks about the past, present and future of Experiential Learning at UTC. Linda Bachman, who led

That’s the Beauty of the Midterm Survey!

Traditionally, faculty receive feedback from students only at the end of the semester, when it is already too late to address their comments or concerns. What if you could get a feel for their experience while there is still time to do something about it? That’s the beauty of the Midterm Survey! By adding a short survey to your course midway through the semester, you can find out from

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Faculty embrace experiential learning and critical reflection in a general education science course

Brad Reynolds and Tom Wilson received a Beyond the Classroom ThinkAchieve grant to fund an experiential learning activity in a general education non-laboratory science course.  During fall 2012, students in Bio/ESC 1100 (Conservation of Biodiversity) were given the option to participate in a hands-on field experience and reflection activity in lieu of taking the final exam in the course.  Instead of just listening to a professor talk about conservation,