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    Inviting End-of-Semester Student Reflection

    Nov 20, 2023 by Lia Schraeder, PhD
    Reflection is widely recognized as an essential practice for learning, metacognition, and personal growth in higher education. Reflection can be integrated in our teaching anytime, but an end-of-semester reflection can be especially powerful: to help students appreciate their growth over time, to bring a meaningful conclusion to a course, and to empower students to take ownership of their learning within and beyond our courses. Student reflection can also be a valuable way to inform faculty reflection on our teaching.
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    Skills Analyses: A window into the needs of employers and learners

    Nov 6, 2023 by Jeremy Lingle, PhD
    Learn how our team can collaborate with your school/college to identify specific job titles, degree levels, regions, industries, and companies of interest. Our skills analyses are a valuable tool for ensuring that academic programs are aligned with the needs of both learners and employers. Read our latest blog post, Skills Analyses: A window into the needs of employers and learners.
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    Embracing Climate Action Pedagogy: Empowering Change in the Face of Climate Challenges

    Oct 23, 2023 by Jill Giacomini
    Guiding points that are fundamental for all of us to remember as we engage in this work: Start where you are Be vigilant against overwhelm Small is good; small is all
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    Using Poll Everywhere to Increase Classroom Engagement

    Oct 9, 2023 by Amy Linville
    Learn from Kathryn Hamilton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, how Poll Everywhere has impacted her courses and how you can use it in your classroom. Read about how she uses the popular "Competitions" feature and the integration with Canvas to improve student interaction and learning experiences.
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    The Aha! Moment and Connecting with Students: Musings from the Garden

    Sep 25, 2023 by Katherine Goodman, PhD
    When I am mulling over these things, I like to go back to basics. The Rhetorical Triangle is often used as a tool for teaching students how to make appeals to the audience, through logos, pathos, and ethos. In other words, strong, persuasive arguments use a combination of logic, emotion, and credibility to drawn in and convince an audience. (If you’re familiar with this idea, you probably have your own writing instructor to thank.)
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    Small Steps to Incorporate Inclusive Pedagogy into Your Teaching ​

    Sep 11, 2023 by Jessica Critten, MA, MLIS
    Inclusive pedagogy aims to create learning environments where students of all backgrounds and identities feel valued and respected. By embracing inclusive pedagogy, educators foster a sense of belonging and honor student strengths and experiences. This approach also encourages instructors to address structural and historical inequalities that have often marginalized certain groups in education.
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    Define, Refine and Design: A Collaborative Approach for Introducing Microcredentials to Your Learning Ecosystem

    Aug 14, 2023 by Jeremy Lingle, PhD Katie Linder, PhD Jason Drysdale, EdD
    Over this past year our team has led a collaborative and ambitious effort for micro credentials and badging on our campus. We are off to a strong start because of the contributions of our faculty, staff, and administrators including receiving national attention.
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    Proctorio vs. Respondus Monitor: Addressing Inequities and Exploring Alternative Assessments

    Jul 31, 2023 by Crystal Gasell, EdD
    Test proctoring tools have become widely used in online education but come with inherent inequities. Critically examine these tools and consider alternative assessment strategies prioritizing inclusivity, fairness, and student engagement.
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    First cohort of Change Makers completes semester to plan meaningful retirement

    Jul 17, 2023 by Anne Button
    Change Makers: How CU Denver is reimagining higher education as a place for people at the end of their primary working years. Change Maker fellows had built successful careers and honed a range of skills and talents. They came to the program ready for a change — to use those hard-earned skills in new ways, for new jobs or meaningful volunteering.
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    One Big Question: A Rewarding Reflective Exercise

    Jul 3, 2023 by Lia Schraeder, PhD
    Learn about Lia's experience with the "One Big Question" and how an ongoing reflection on this big question contributed to a shift in her approach to teaching history.
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    Market Data to Inform Program Planning Available through the Auraria Library

    Jun 19, 2023 by Jeremy Lingle, PhD K. He, MBA
    Market data can empower the university departments and colleges in making informed decisions regarding program growth, skill emphasis, microcredential programs, learner interests, and partnerships, with the support of the market intelligence team and resources from Auraria Library.
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    3 Easy Ways to Engage with Podcasts for Teaching and Learning

    Jun 5, 2023 by Katie Linder, PhD
    Podcasts are a great resource for teaching and learning. Now that they’ve been around for a while, there are a ton of easy ways to incorporate them into your classroom content, your assignments, and your own professional development. Here are three ways to engage with podcasts as an educational tool.
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    Fast-Track Your Use of New Teaching Techniques at the Cross Academy Website

    May 22, 2023 by Lia Schraeder, PhD
    A new resource that may help fast-track your use of research-based and effective teaching techniques is the K. Patricia Cross Academy website and related resources.
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    Selecting the Best Tools for your Course: A Student-Centered Approach

    Apr 24, 2023 by Jill Giacomini
    When implementing educational technology in our courses, it is easy to get distracted by the shiny object, the best new thing, the latest, and the greatest. With all the exciting and powerful tools available for teaching online and in the classroom, it can be easy to get sucked into thinking, "Hmmm...what kind of assignment can I think of that would allow me to use this tool?" Please do not fall for it! While having a list of tried-and-true digital tools you like to use in your courses is excellent, the tool itself is not the place to begin crafting an assignment.
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    End of Semester Checklist

    Apr 10, 2023
    Prepare for the end of the semester with our end of the semester checklist! The list is comprised of some important tasks to complete before the semester ends and ensure you feel good about how you will end the semester.
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    Ramadan teaching considerations

    Mar 27, 2023
    Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar that holds significant religious and cultural importance for millions of Muslims worldwide. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical desires. Ramadan can be a challenging time for Muslim students, particularly those who are far away from their families and communities.
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    New Zoom Feature Alert: Whiteboards

    Mar 13, 2023 by Amy Linville
    A new version of the existing whiteboard with some updated features! Learn how to create a whiteboard in Zoom.
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    Intro to Open Pedagogy

    Feb 27, 2023 by Jessica Critten, MA, MLIS
    March 6-10 is Open Education Week! This week the global education community celebrates all things Open Education, including specifically Open Educational Resources (OER) as well as open pedagogy. If these are new concepts to you, or if you just want to learn more, read on!
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    Increase your Market Intelligence with Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes

    Feb 13, 2023 by Jeremy Lingle, PhD
    We share how to use tools that matches data from university transcripts with a national database of jobs to provide information about our graduates, such as earnings, industry of employment, and geographic region post-graduation.
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    Accessibility and Poll Everywhere

    Jan 30, 2023
    Learn how to make your PollEverywhere accessible for all learners and all audiences whether you're hosting a meeting or teaching in class.
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