DOLCE - October 8, 2020
From Andy Jones
Christyann M. Darwent from the Evolutionary Wing of the Department of Anthropology recently published a short discussion about remotely teaching Zooarchaeology (animal bones from archaeological sites). “‘Zoomarchaeology’: Teaching Animal Skeletal Anatomy in an Online Format” is found in the current issue of the International Council for Archaeozoology Newsletter 20(2):67-69, and has been reprinted with permission on The Wheel, the instructional technology blog of UC Davis. Darwent hopes the article and her brief presentation Friday will interest other faculty approaching the remote instruction of visual information (e.g., skeletal anatomy). Professor Darwent will also discuss strategies for scaffolding student assessments.
Susan Abplanalp from Design will discuss the ways that she uses the UC Davis Canvas “Modules” tool to format class activities and assessments so that they appeal to four different learning styles: Kinetic, Auditory, Visual, and Reading. The varied approaches appeal to the strengths of learners who have been trained in art and design by private art schools and by public schools with unstable arts education funding. Professor Abplanalp will also discuss ways that her approach to low-stakes assignments appeals to synchronous and asynchronous learners.
Finally, Steve Faith will briefly introduce attendees to Piazza, a tool newly-integrated into UC Davis Canvas that encourages peer instruction and community building in large-enrollment classes. Imagine your students building a faculty-approved online FAQ that benefits all class participants. We will likely enjoy faculty presentations on this tool later in the school year.