UAA Teaching Academy Events

UAA's Teaching Academy Events are supported by UAA's Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE), Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL), and Academic Innovations & eLearning (AI&e). The events are open to all UAA faculty. Events are available in-person and virtually, using either Blackboard Collaborate or Google Hangouts on Air, please review the schedule for locations and virtual session links.

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May 2017 Intensive Event, May 11 and 12, 2017. Keynote Speakers Eddie Watson, Jeff Yan and Kelly Driscoll.

Eddie Watson
Keynote & Workshop Descriptions

  • How We Learn and Why ePortfolios Are Essential in Higher Education: Thursday Keynote
    Why is there so much interest in ePortfolios across higher education today?  The reasons are actually quite compelling and often grounded in what we know about learning.  This keynote presentation will explore answers to this overarching question by first considering what we empirically know about human cognition and how people learn.  From this foundation, we will consider the practices and pedagogies that employ ePortfolios and connect those practices to what we know about learning.  We will also explore the range of ways in which ePortfolios are being using in higher education, including teaching and learning, assessment, advising, and career development.  Example ePortfolios from each area will be shared.  The keynote will conclude with a brief summary of the most recent findings from the ePortfolio scholarship and recommendations will be provided regarding how that information should inform future ePortfolio practices.
  • Accomplishing the Goals of Signature Work Through ePortfolios: Thursday AM Workshop
    Higher education is currently facing a number of challenges, and in addition to affordability, chief among these challenges are the completion / attainment gap, and quality of learning concerns.  New initiatives from AAC&U are promoting notions of Signature Work that address these challenges.  With Signature Work, all students experience multiple high impact practices.  This is the new standard of quality learning in higher education; however, student engagement in numerous high impact practices may provide students with disparate learning experiences.  Without opportunities to foster integrative learning, the full potential of Signature Work will not be achieved.  Adoption of ePortfolio pedagogies and practices in conjunction with Signature Work strategies provide the greatest opportunities for higher education to meet its quality aspirations and is college completion / attainment goals.  This session will chronicle the current landscape of higher education and offer a best practice vision for Signature Work that embraces ePortfolios.
  • Teaching Naked Techniques:  A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes: Thursday PM Workshop
    In recent years, there has been an acceleration in the number of research findings regarding human learning and cognition, but these findings often are not easily translated into classroom practice. Evoking the plethora of research-based best practices detailed in Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass, 2017), this session will provide new insights into how we learn as well as practical advice regarding how this information can be applied in the college classroom. New twists on well-established course design models will be provided. From this foundation, participants will explore a range of instructional strategies that will result in greater student achievement of articulated learning outcomes. Many of the strategies explored in this workshop ultimately support best practice in flipped classrooms; however, cognitive wrappers, feedback strategies, 25 word summaries, IF-AT activities,inventive recall approaches, emerging learning technologies, and true integrative learning are among the topics that will be additionally explored. Participants can expect to leave this workshop with strategies they can use in their classes the following day.
  • Interdisciplinarity in Teaching:  The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Friday Keynote
    Successful teaching, itself, is a very interdisciplinary endeavor.  Not only must you have expertise within your content domain, but you also need to have knowledge of educational psychology in practice, public speaking abilities, and a range of technological skills.  Also integral to successful teaching is “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” (SoTL).  SoTL argues that teaching excellence includes performing educational research within your own courses, and that you should approach your teaching with the same rigor with which you approach your research.  This keynote will share foundational principles regarding what we know regarding how people learn and offer an example of interdisciplinary educational research that reveals how SoTL is essential to ensuring that each of us is as successful as possible in our instruction.

eWolf Intensive Schedule

Workshop Descriptions & Virtual Links below:

Below you will find the eWolf Intensive: Community of Practice event information and daily schedules. Select from the tabs on the left column to open each section. Session descriptions are listed below by title. On the day of the event you may join virtually via Blackboard Collaborate by selecting the event title. For additional information about virtual attendance, see the information at the bottom of this page.

Workshop Descriptions

Select the titles of the sessions to review descriptions

  • eWolf ePortfolio Thursday & Friday Lunch Sessions; Jeff Yan & Kelly Driscoll
    Thursday Lunch: New Digication Feature Overview It's an exciting time at Digication as we rollout the New Digication ePortfolio design and editing tools. Join the luncheon roundtable to view a demonstration of the new features and discuss how these new features will support high impact practices in your classroom.
    Friday Lunch: New Digication: Conversations New Digication offers the opportunity to engage with ePortfolio content in new ways. Learn how to use the conversations features and explore opportunities for using these features for feedback on student work, peer review and collaboration, and lively discussions in course and project based ePortfolios.
  • Cross-curriculum Integration of ePortfolios in Geography and Environmental Studies: Jamie Trammell
    The Geography and Environmental Studies department were early adopters of ePortfolios as a core part of instruction and assessment. I present here how we have structured our curriculum to encourage growth in reflection, using the ePortfolio as our platform. I will also present how we have designed courses around these reflections and how that feeds into our programmatic assessments.
  • EDEL 206 Assessment ePortfolio: Katie Walker
    Students in EDL 206 built an ePortfolio to share with other education students that has a variety of assessment types and purposes.
  • Eportfolio Assignments and Common Mis-steps by Students (and Instructors) - A Case Study from a Large Enrollment Course: Rachael Hannah
    Join Rachael Hannah (Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences) in a practical discussion and exploration of ePortfolio templates and how students use (or do not use) them for course assignments. I will share my experiences rolling out 4 assignments related to student communication reflection in BIOL A108. As a group we will explore my miss-steps and common student challenges with ePortfolio assignments and submissions. Please be prepared to share your concerns about ePortfolio assignments and “act” like a student.
  • ePortfolio: A Mechanism to Strengthen Universities and Employers Relationships: Terry Nelson
    Building a strong relationship between universities and employers is a goal of many higher education institutions. While there are many mechanisms used to achieve this objective, few universities have considered the concept of ePortfolios. In this session, we will share the results of a pilot we conducted that position employers as virtual ePortfolio mentors for students in two leadership classes. The unexpected results were job interview offers, mentoring opportunities, and a co-authorship.
  • JournEy Portfolio: Jamie Whitney
    E-portfolios were used by elementary school teachers and UAA students to cultivate partnerships between UAA and Alaska School Districts. Digication was used to design and implement e-portfolios in kindergarten and first grade combination classrooms at Polaris K-12 Charter School and used to assess and document their academic, social and emotional growth. They were later showcased to families during student-led parent/teacher conferences.



  • The JournEy Portfolio: Jenna Baldiviez & Mindi Vogel
    We will be discussing our journey of using digital portfolios at Polaris with K-12 students. We will have a quick presentation of what we are doing with eportfolios at Polaris, have students share their eportfolios, and have a discussion about using eportfolios.
  • Portals into the Past: Digital History: Elizabeth Dennison
    The story of my father's World War II years, both stateside and in Saipan, are told through his letters, photographs, and other artifacts in the ePortfolio, "E.J.Dennison's Portals into the Past: John W. Dennison: A Son of Omaha Goes to War and Returns." I used my experience of creating this digital archive to create an ePortfolio assignment for students in my Fall 2016 Historiography classes.
  • Reflections on our portfolio AAC&U keynote: Eva Gregg & Paul Wasko 
    Join as as we share our reflections from our 2017 keynote address at the AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) annual conference in San Francisco March 2017. It was the first time that a Native Alaskan has keynoted at an AAC&U event.
  • Setting Students up for Success: Trish Jenkins
    In online English 311, Advanced Composition, students had to create a resource guide for newcomers to Anchorage in their ePorfolio space. To make the project manageable for students and set them up for success, I provided the following:
    • Clear instructions for using ePorfolio
    • An understanding of ePortfolio’s affordances
    • An understanding of design principles
    • Knowledge of the genre they were creating in the ePorfolio space

    In my 30-minute session, I will review how I taught the resource guide assignment with a focus on meeting students’ needs by providing the four items above. I will share course materials related to the four items above.

  • Sharing Online Tutoring Experiences via ePortfolio: Katie Walker
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  • Team Based Learning and eWolf Portfolios in Health Education Courses: Dr. Corrie Whitmore
    Dr. Whitmore will share how student teams in her courses utilized eWolf/Digication Portfolios to showcase nine health education interventions developed through team-based learning (TBL) in HS 433: "Health Education: Theory and Practice" courses. Dr. Whitmore has taught this course twice using an eWolf and TBL format and will share what worked and didn't work each time, along with practical ideas for creating classes that benefit from access to the eWolf tool.
  • Using eWolf for P & T Files: Kitty Deal
    Using eWolf for P & T allows faculty unique opportunities to organize and demonstrate examples of teaching, research, and service that outperforms a binder of papers.

Virtual Attendance Information

All sessions will have a Blackboard Collaborate or Google Hangout link.

Blackboard Collaborate

  • If you have not used BB Collaborate on your computer before, use this SYSTEM TEST LINK to check your system requirements and configure your system. We recommend you do this at least one day prior to the event so you can get assistance if needed.
  • First Time Users should also watch this Participant Orientation video and save or print the Quick Reference Guide.
  • If you have issues with setting up Collaborate, call IT Services at 907-786-4646 for additional assistance.

Google Hangouts

  • If you have not used Google Hangouts before, visit Join a Hangout.
  • All Google Hangout links will be found within each session invite in the daily schedule list located above.
  • If you are using the calendar you can also log in by selecting "Join Video Call" from within the calendar invite.
  • You can join a Google Hangout without a camera or mic, but you must have speakers to hear the meeting.

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