Graduate Students Present Investigations of Teaching Tools and Approaches
Support for students learning real analysis. Tools to foster student collaboration in a fully online setting. Opportunities for students to learn important clinical skills.
These are some of the problems that BOLD Fellows are tackling in the projects they presented on April 30. Attendees learned about eleven projects during a poster session describing projects for Vanderbilt classes that range from the online EdD course Learning in Organizations to an Introduction to Environmental Engineering course.
Four Fellows presented the results they observed from implemented digital learning materials: Ke (Jack) Ding, Alison Hessling, Sandya Lakkur, and Travis Moore. Dillon Pruett and Cara Singer presented control data and described their plan for gathering data on the impact of their digital learning materials this fall. Finally, four Fellows presented the digital materials they have developed and their plans for implementation: Janine Christiano, Natalie Covington, Jacques Morin, and Lam Pham.
We are currently soliciting applications for a cohort of BOLD Fellows to begin work on projects in Fall 2018. The BOLD Fellows program helps graduate students from all disciplines design and develop online learning experiences, from building online learning modules to fostering online spaces for their students to interact. Each Fellow works with a faculty member who has identified a teaching “problem” in a particular course, working to develop a potential solution, integrate it into the faculty member’s course, and gather data on its impact on student learning. The program spans two semesters: the Fall 2018 “design and development” semester, in which Fellows receive training and support as they develop their module, and the Spring 2019 “implementation and assessment” semester, in which the Fellows implement the project, gather evidence, and work with the CFT to interpret and present their results.
Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor, discuss a potential project, and apply by May 16. Previous projects are described in the BOLD project gallery.
The Fellowship carries a $1000 stipend and the opportunity to apply for $500 to fund travel to present the project. For more information about the program, including application information, see the CFT’s BOLD program page.