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Leveraging e-Learning for Broader Impact

PHOTO: UF Humanities Engagement Scholars listen to a lecture

UFIT’s teaching and learning staff recently collaborated with The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere to develop two e-Learning sites for its Humanities Engagement Scholars and Intersections Scholars programs. The new course pages serve as a one-stop shop for students to reflect on academic experiences, participate in community-based learning, and submit capstone materials–some of the high-impact educational practices identified by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Implementing course sites for co-curricular programs extends the utility of the Canvas learning management system past credit-bearing courses to a broader use. After seeing how the two course sites were integrating into the students’ learning experience, Dr. Barbara Mennel, director for the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, commented on the use of UF’s e-Learning platform:

“The Humanities Engagement Scholars program has developed from a soft launch in spring 2019 to a group of 30 active students. Live meetings and attending of events goes hand-in-glove with the reflection and information resources in the digital platform.”

Departments interested in adapting their co-curricular program into a course site are welcome to meet with an instructional designer in the Center for Instructional Technology & Training.