Gretchen Gibbs

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Professor of Practice
520-626-5936

I help people use technology in order to teach, learn, collaborate, and express themselves. I can assist you with course design, assignment design, technical problems, slide design, evaluation of teaching, exploration of new ideas. You can call me or email me. We can meet in my office, your office, via Zoom, MS Teams, in a classroom, or over cups of tea or coffee. I prefer feminine pronoun: she, her, ella.

Background and Education:
I was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa and grew up in Tucson. I did my undergraduate studies in art (painting and printmaking) at Reed College. Then for ten years I made documentary videos with communities in Argentina and Arizona. My graduate training is in the history of art at the University of Arizona.   I have taught art history, English language, and media-literacy to adults and youth in the United States, Argentina, and Tanzania. Since the late 1990s, I have been creating digital teaching and learning experiences with many amazing educators, technologists, and artists.

Current activities include:

  • Consultations about teaching and learning
  • Choice and use of technology for teaching (in any modality)
  • Online/hybrid/blended course design, facilitation, and assessment
  • Collaboration with Arizona Online and UA Global
  • Academic technology help, e.g. D2L, Panopto, VoiceThread, Google Suite of tools
  • Boosting academic integrity
  • Curriculum mapping and development
  • Alternative certification and assessment, e.g. digital badges, specifications and un-grading, portfolios
  • Quality Matters Certified Peer Review
  • Teaching Observations
  •  Managerial problemsolving with academic technology support units in ways that are evidence-based, user-centered, healthy, equitable, diverse, inclusive, joyous

Courses I teach:

  • Introduction to Teaching Online - a fully online mini-course (2 weeks, non-credit); offered 3 times per year
  • Reimagining Slides - a fully online mini-course (5 days, non-credit) 
  • Build Your Own D2L Site - a fully online mini-course (5 days, non-credit) 
  • IA 697b | Using Technology in Teaching - a workshop course on pedagogy and technology with guided, individually focused training and practice (16 weeks, 2 units credit). This is a core course in the graduate Certificate in College Teaching Program.

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