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Blended & Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows

Posted by on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Events, News.


imageVanderbilt’s Center for Teaching and the CIRTL Network(Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) share a mission to enhance excellence in undergraduate teaching by offering the BOLD Fellows program. The CFT honors the six faculty/student teams that created online instructional modules during the program’s inaugural year!
We invite you to hear presentations of their work on Wednesday, May 27, 11:30-1:00.

  • 11:30-12:15 Oral presentations by Mary Keithly, Udo Obodo, and Faizan Zubair in MRBIII 1220.
  • 12:15-1:00 Poster presentations by Dave Caudel, Ty McCleery, and Emilianne McCranie in the MRBIII atrium.
  • Refreshments will be provided.


David Caudel, Astronomy, working with Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Erika Grundstrom, Director of Astronomy Labs

Mary Keithly, Chemistry, working with Kathy Friedman, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Mark Woelfle, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (not pictured)
Tyler McCleery, Physics, working with Shane Hutson, Associate Professor of Physics Emilianne McCranie, Chemistry, working with Michelle Sulikowski,Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Udo Obodo, Biological Sciences, working with Steve Baskauf, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences Faizan Zubair, Chemical Engineering, working with Paul Laibinis,Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

We are recruiting graduate students to participate in the BOLD Fellows program beginning in August 2015.

The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learnSTEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop online modules for integration into a course, either as a tool to promote flipping the classroom, a module for a blended course, or a unit within a MOOC. The teams implement these modules in an existing class and investigate their impact on student learning. The program is a collaboration between Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching, the CIRTL Network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning), and Vanderbilt’s Institute for Digital Learning.

This two-semester program is divided into a “design and development” semester, in which Fellows receive intensive training and support as they develop their module, and an “implementation and assessment” semester. We are currently recruiting Fellows to begin the program in August for implementation and assessment in the following semester.  The Fellowship carries a modest stipend as well as funds for presenting the results of the work at a conference. For more information about the program, including a video from the inaugural group of BOLD Fellows and application information, see the CFT’s BOLD program page.

Applications are due May 15th; decisions will be made by June 1st.

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