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Teaching Everywhere


June 3, 2020

Flexible finals in the pandemic

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By Holly Barker, Anthropology This quarter I am teaching Research in Critical Sport Studies (ANTH 269). It’s a course for first-generation to college and/or students underrepresented in research. The class gives students a space to develop a series of small research projects with classmates so students consider the important contributions they make to academia, as well…


June 2, 2020

Art is a dialogue

Image by Flora Davis for spring 2020 ART 400 course

By Timea Tihanyi, School of Art + Art History + Design Because art is a dialogue, much of what the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts seniors have been doing in ART 400 this quarter has been synchronous. Instead of the white-box gallery exhibition, students are presenting their work in a virtual “gallery” for which each student created both…


May 28, 2020

Teaching Spanish: A multi-day “finale” instead of a final exam

Samuel Jaffee, lecturer, UW Spanish & Portuguese Studies

By Samuel Jaffee, Spanish & Portuguese Studies  This spring quarter I’m teaching Spanish 302 and Spanish 303, both of which guide students in developing writing strategies in Spanish (creative fiction, business letters, reportage, argument and counterargument, and literary and visual analysis). In lieu of a final exam, both classes will enjoy a multi-day “finale.” Students…


May 11, 2020

Engaging students in online spaces

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How José Guzmán gets marine biology students talking in class By Nicole Feodorov, blog editor At a recent Teaching Remotely Pop-Up session, José Guzmán (UW Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) shared some of his strategies for keeping students engaged during his synchronous online classes. Guzmán divides his 50-minute classes into three sections. Classes begin with a…


April 23, 2020

Teaching physics: Videos instead of midterms

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Video problem solutions By Peter Selkin For the past two quarters, I’ve used an approach based on an idea adapted from Andy Rundquist, a physics professor at Hamline University in Minnesota. Instead of a midterm and a final (and in addition to weekly content quizzes), students submit short videos walking the viewer through solutions to…


April 21, 2020

Math in the time of coronavirus

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Reflections on teaching during the pandemic By Jennifer Quinn  The COVID-19 viral disruption affects us all, particularly our most vulnerable citizens. It’s vital to find ways to connect our students and humanize this unprecedented and isolating experience. These days I’m trying to worry less about the integrity of online examinations and the quality of online…


April 7, 2020

Giving exams in Canvas? Set your students up for success

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Many instructors are adapting exams to quizzes or assignments in Canvas. It’s important to consider the quality of student internet service as you set up these exams. As more people work remotely or self-quarantine, residential internet upload and download speeds degrade. Review these guidelines for administering exams in Canvas — ensure a smooth experience for…


Concerned that with everyone going online, your teaching tools may not keep up?

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Will Zoom, Panopto and Canvas have the capacity to support your course as you move it online? The short answer is yes. We have sought and received assurance from our teaching and learning tool vendors that their systems are designed and operated to meet increased and growing usage, even in the face of unprecedented demand….


March 19, 2020

Teaching from everywhere

Looking for even more ideas on how to teach and grade remotely? Find out how Rick Mohler, UW associate professor of architecture, is teaching his Research Design Studio students, as they discuss how they have re-imagined six Seattle neighborhoods. Learn more about UW Zoom video conferencing. Also, check out what faculty at Stanford are doing….


March 14, 2020

Normally I’d answer questions about finals in office hours or live in class. Now what?

UW Zoom offers an easy way to stay in touch with students while teaching remotely. By scheduling recurring Zoom meetings and setting up Zoom’s Waiting Room, you can replicate in-person office hours, helping you and your students stay connected and moving forward. Learn more.



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