Instructional Technology provides a technology-supported education system and the services that contribute to the strategic mission of the University, to the quality of education, and to the learning outcomes of UAB staff and students. ITIT supports the development of our faculty and encourage them to continue the pursuit of a lifetime of learning by providing resources that will help in the developing of blended and online courses.
Instructional Technology also offers assistance with course design via training classes, workshops and individual hands-on lab/consultation sessions.
For more information about the course offered please see the Calendar of Training & Education.
EDUCAUSE is an association of higher education professionals using information technology in higher education. UAB is a member of EDUCAUSE and faculty and staff may join at no cost under the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The EDUCAUSE site contains literature, professional development opportunities such as webcasts and conferences, communities of interest.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
ELI addresses how students learn and how they can use technology to learn. The organization seeks to advance learning through IT innovation and provides information for higher education professionals using IT to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The site contains literature, opportunities for professional development such as webcasts and conferences, and communities of interest. UAB is a member of ELI and the EDUCAUSE membership login information is used to logon to the ELI site.
Sloan C is supported by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation and is committed to serving needs related to on-line and blended learning. The site contains literature and research on effective on-line and blended teaching practices. Additionally professional activities are offered for the on-line teacher and program administrator. UAB is a member of Sloan-C and membership is provided to UAB faculty and staff at no cost. To join create an individual account under University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is an on-line academic community. The site contains a collection of peer reviewed teaching and learning materials from many disciplines in the arts and sciences. Faculty development and communities of interest are available to each member. Membership is free.
The Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Group is committed to improving teaching and learning in Higher Education. The group provides resources, services and materials. A Friday live webcast (a TGIF subscription) is offered and addresses varied topics about teaching in an on-line/blended environment. The TGIF Subscription is free and some resources are made available for faculty review.
Blended Teaching and Learning Literature
Tips for Teaching On-line
Online Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, and Blogs (most are free!):
UAB is a member of Educause. We recommend that you subscribe to the ECAR publication and receive up-to-date information and research on distributed and distance learning.
- Educause Learning Initiative
The Educause Learning Initiative provides information for higher education professionals using IT to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The website also includes information about address rising costs, and how to provide greater access to higher education.
- Innovate (Journal of Online Education)
- Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
- Journal of Interactive Media in Education
- Instructional Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
- The International Review of Open and Distance Learning
- Merlot.org (peer rated teaching resources)
- American Psychological Association
This section of the APA (American Psychological Association) Web site contains fourteen learner centered psychological principles. They were prepared in 1997 by the APA Board of Educational Affairs.
- International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Tips for Course Design and Development
This Web site contains information about the higher education student. There are also some good ideas for how games can be used for learning. Consider it if you are trying to convert lecture to a technology supported activity.
This Web site is a little odd, but contains example activities. We learn better by practicing the skill. Consider this site if you are trying to convert a lecture to an in-class or technology supported activity.
Rubrics can help students and teachers define "quality." Rubrics can also help students judge and revise their own work before handing in their assignments.
Wikis and Blogs
WetPaint - Wetpaint powers free wiki websites that are available to anyone and easy to use.
WikiSpaces - WikiSpaces makes creating wikis easy to use for everyone, not just technical users. They provide a simple interface, a visual page editor, and a focus on community collaboration.
PBWiki - PBwiki is the world's largest provider of hosted business and educational wikis.
Blogger - Blogger is an easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more.
WordPress - WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
TypePad - TypePad is the world’s premier blogging service, hosting the leading blogs and small business websites and powering the most influential voices on the social web.
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