Weather Closure

University of Alaska Anchorage campus will be closed September 24, 2021 beginning at 6:40 AM, due to weather. Students and employees should check their email for more information. The university will remain closed for the weekend and reopen on Monday morning.

The Alaska Airlines Center will be open Saturday, September 25, for the home volleyball match that afternoon.

Peer Interaction Tools

students with laptops


Students are more likely to succeed in courses where they build relationships with their instructor and classmates. There is a lot of research to support the use of interaction in teaching and learning (see Resources below for more).

Best Practices

  • Decide what type of interaction you want students to have and use that to guide your choice of tools
  • Limit your course to one or two tools, so students can focus on the content, not learning how to use each tool
  • Using UAA Core Tools increases the chance that students will use the tool in other courses, so only use external tools if there is a compelling pedagogical reason
  • Introduce each tool with a low-stakes assignment to let students practice using it
  • Plan how to make activities fully accessible as you design them

Peer Interaction Tools

There are a variety of ways to structure student engagement with the content, with you, and with each other. This page covers tools that primarily create opportunities for student-student interaction. Use the Peer Interaction sheet on AI&e's Tools Comparison chart to decide which tools best fit your needs. Students can also interact via web conferencing tools.


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