TeachTech Blog (SOLS@ASU)

Our TeachTech blog is used for faculty development for the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences. We focus topics on practical tools and techniques for our courses, emphasizing active learning and online activities. We often include guest bloggers that bring in topics on Evidence Based Teaching for STEM related courses.

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Posts by TeachTech Blog (SOLS@ASU)

Teaching Innovation Center: Hear from Our Faculty

Last week we introduced the many ways the Teaching Innovation Center (TIC) partners with faculty, instructors, and lab coordinators in the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at […]

Teaching Innovation Center: Who we are and what we do

The Teaching Innovation Center (TIC) is a center within Arizona State University (ASU) dedicated to the design (and more) of School of Life Sciences (SOLS) […]

“Discussion Bored to Discussion More” Part 1: How to create community discussions using Yellowdig

When I work with faculty that teach immersion (students in the classroom) many of them are worried that if they teach online or hybrid they […]

Creating Peer-to-Peer Interaction in Online Courses

As a higher education professional, I’ve had the special privilege of wearing multiple hats. I am currently an Instructional Designer, an Instructor, and an online […]

Loom: Show it, Say it, Send it

Are you looking for ways to mix up your video lectures or announcements? Do you want to streamline and enhance your step-by-step instructions? Loom is […]

Wayfinding 101: Readability, Consistency, and Communication as Points of Entry for Accessibility

Technology can extend access to content and enrich an educational experience, no doubt. But the flipside is that it can also, unwittingly, create barriers. All […]

Decision, Decisions, Decisions… How Active Learning is Implemented Matters!

Active learning has been recommended as a more effective way to teach when compared to traditional lecturing, yet active learning can be implemented in many […]

Socially Construct Your Teaching Practice

Summer is here (feeling the heat!), and hopefully, you can set aside a bit of time to spend on developing yourself professionally! In the School […]

Adventures in Specifications Grading

In summer 2020, I attended a Grading Alternatives webinar put on by the Teaching Innovation Center (TIC). Josh Caulkins (previous Assistant Director) and Sarah Prosory […]

Leveraging Student Feedback for Course Revision

Feedback is one of the most valuable tools available to instructors, designers, and students. When students invest their time and creativity in an assignment, instructor […]

Alt Text for Scientific Graphics: Balancing between Accessibility and Giving the Answers

Imagine you’re a student in an introductory biology course. On an exam, your professor asks: "What is a byproduct of photosynthesis as exhibited by Figure […]

Who ARE You? Faculty as Writer, Instructional Designer (ID) as Editor

Singular job titles comprise a composite of identities; no one is just one “thing.” How people self-identify not only has a direct effect on how […]

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