Best Practices for Teaching Online

A Best Practices for Teaching Online course will be offered online in August for faculty who are new to online teaching. During this course you will learn strategies for managing your time in an online course, strategies for building community, tips for hosting live sessions in WebEx, grading strategies and tips for how to make teaching online enjoyable.

You will also have access to video and step-by-step tutorials for all of the tools you will need to know how to use to teach online. This course has been designed to give you a mini experience as an online student — in case you have never taken an online course — and includes advice from experienced UA faculty.

This online course is hosted in Springboard. There are no face-to-face meetings, but you will be asked to attend one Web conference in WebEx, just for practice. Depending on your comfort with technology, we estimate that you could complete this in three to six hours. There are three dates from which to choose. Interested faculty should enroll in the session that best fits your schedule:

  • Aug. 10-17
  • Aug. 17-24
  • Aug. 24-31

Visit Institute for Teaching and Learning Seminars to register.

Recent positions posted on Career Link

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit “Career Link,” the Career Center’s online job board where 104 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

  • A. Schulman, Inc. – marketing intern, fall 2015
  • Target– stores executive team leader
  • Exacter, Inc. – electronic technician
  • FedEx Custom Critical – organizational development specialist (master’s level position)

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or, visit the Career Center in Student Union 211, or call ext. 7747. Follow us on Twitter @CareerCenter_UA.

Academic accolades continue for Zips

Two teams — golf and volleyball — have been recognized this week for their hard work in the classroom by national organizations.

The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) named the men's golf team as one of 171 All-Academic Teams. The Zips posted a team GPA of 3.486 during the 2014-15 season. Only 24 programs posted a 3.5 or higher in the previous academic calendar.

The list of teams to post the minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2014-15 season covers all six divisions of collegiate golf. Akron is one of four Mid-American Conference programs on the list, including Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio).

This year marks the seventh-straight season the Zips have earned the GCAA All-Academic Team Award, earning the honor every year the award has been given.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named the women’s volleyball team a Team Academic Award recipient for the 2014-15 campaign.

The AVCA honored 752 teams, including seven from the Mid-American Conference. This number broke the previous years total of 676 and sets a new all-time high for the award. NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 146 programs.


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This article originally appeared on 7-27-2015

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