Fall 2015: UCI Canvas Open Pilot begins!
Open Pilot for the Canvas learning management system begins for Fall Quarter 2015 classes! Instructors can now use EEE GrandCentral to directly create a course space in the UCI Canvas Pilot by selecting a class and naming the course space.
EEE GrandCentral currently accommodates single section course spaces. If you would like to create a multi-section course space, please let us know.
Additional information is available
2015 Instructional Technology Innovation Award
Congratulations to Professors Bonnie Nardi, Bill Tomlinson, and Don Patterson of the Informatics department in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science, recipients of the 2015 Instructional Technology Innovation Award. Part of the annual Celebration of Teaching, the Instructional Technology Innovation award goes to an instructor or instructors using innovative methods to provide enriching experiences for their students. "Professors Tomlinson, Patterson, and Nardi used everyday technology, like smartphones, to create videos that were used to illustrate class concepts in imaginative, but accessible, ways. Their efforts prove that when instructors use technology in an innovative way, their students rise to meet the challenge as well." - Shohreh Bozorgmehri, Director of Student and Academic Services, Office of Information Technology
Complete UCI courses over the summer
UCI Summer Session offers more than 800 courses across 70 academic disciplines each summer, including a wide variety of online classes. It is composed of three different sessions:
- Summer Session I: June 22 - July 29, 2015
- Summer Session 10 week: June 22 - August 28, 2015
- Summer Session II: August 3 - September 9, 2015
Summer Session can help students progress towards their degrees year round, often making a difference for those who want to graduate on time or even early.
Students' Words Resonate with Distinguished Faculty
Relevance. Passion. Respect. These three themes emerged from a recent research project from the UCI Assessment Group. This informal group of faculty, researchers and administrators followed Richard Light's model in interviewing undergraduate students to identify student perspectives to improve the undergraduate experience. Student researchers and faculty interviewed 72 Junior-level students about memorable courses, instructors, events and topics around student engagement.
The findings and themes that emerged are shared by three of UCI's distinguished faculty who provide their reactions in a video. You can watch these faculty present the students' words and respond to the themes of relevance, passion and respect on YouTube (http://youtu.be/TV3AESyjsX4) .
UCI Canvas Pilot Project Spring 2015 - Winter 2016
The Office of Information Technology, in collaboration with units across campus including the Distance Learning Center, will be piloting the Instructure Canvas learning management system in 2015 - 2016. This pilot will test expanding existing EEE offerings with a commercial LMS (Canvas) to address the increased call for third-party integration and other enhancements, without compromising EEE’s unique functionality, capabilities, and responsiveness to campus needs.
The EEE team will continue to maintain and support the existing EEE toolset for the campus. Offering both EEE and Canvas will be a significant change for the campus and a great opportunity to increase our capacity for innovation.
Our goal is to ensure that the UCI learning community continues to have access to the best possible learning environment. The engagement and support of instructors and students will be essential in achieving this goal .
Learn more about the UCI Canvas Pilot at sites.uci.edu/canvaspilot.
Distribute your syllabus as a video
A class syllabus providing information about the course and articulating instructor expectations is often introduced during the first day of class, which takes valuable class time. Dr. Terry Dalton uses an innovative method to distribute this information via video recorded using Camtasia Studio.
In addition to saving class time, the syllabus video is an effective way to provide late-add students with an introduction to the course. The video also provides a reference point for students to review as the course progresses.
UCI Students utilize industry-standard tools to create and distribute code
The GitHub Student Developer Pack (http://education.github.com/pack) provides students with free access to industry-standard developer tools. This system allows students to create software and web-based tools by actually developing code in a repository system.
GitHub has been used in instruction at UCI for projects including: