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CFT offers new guide for writing science exams

Mar. 26, 2021—Are you a scientist who uses timed exams in your course? Would you like to know some research-based recommendations for making your exams more valid, effective, and equitable? If the answer to both those questions is yes, check out our new guide for writing science exams. Put together by a learning community of scientists striving...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Diana Heney

Mar. 18, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei Teaching Students, Coaching Thinkers: Diana Heney, Assistant Professor in Philosophy Dr. Diana Heney joined the Department of Philosophy in Fall 2019. Having been a coach before starting her teaching career, her teaching has been formed around the idea of helping people discover their potentialities and ways to actualize them. In an interview...

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New Blog Series Asks Faculty to Share What Practices They Will Carry Forward in Post-pandemic Teaching

Mar. 15, 2021—With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting shift to alternative modes of instruction, faculty and other instructors had to practice a form of adaptive teaching to meet the learning needs of their students. As the fall semester came to a close, CFT graduate teaching fellow Mohammad Meerzaei interviewed faculty members from across the campus...

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Transform your teaching with Perusall with Eric Mazur

Mar. 10, 2021—Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Through Perusall, we will demonstrate how...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Mark Schoenfield

Mar. 8, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei A Pedagogic Asset Created: Dr. Mark Schoenfield, Professor of English Dr. Mark Schoenfield is a professor of English and a recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Humanities. His transition to online teaching meant rethinking his method of course design, building new creative assignments, and engaging more...

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Goal-driven Course Design Refined by Data on Students’ Learning: A Case Study

Mar. 3, 2021—Goal-driven course design refined by data on students’ learning is a cornerstone of CFT philosophy and practice. Ethan Joll, a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, offers a compelling description of his own data- and goal-driven course design for a section of TA Orientation. It’s a fantastic case study that highlights the value of gathering information from...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Meredyth Wegener

Mar. 2, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei ‘Oxford Hours’: Time to Re-Establish the Class as a Community:                                    Dr. Meredyth Wegener, Senior Lecturer and Director of Honors in Neuroscience Dr. Meredyth Wegener has travelled an exciting path with online teaching in the time...

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“We were doing all that hard work of helping students practice how to apply their knowledge together.”: Thomas Clements and Kathy Friedman talk about their synchronous sessions in their Fall 2020 online course.

Mar. 1, 2021—Thomas Clements and Kathy Friedman, both from Biological Sciences, recently joined Diana Heney and Jessica Watkins for a Conversation on Teaching about their approaches to synchronous sessions in online courses. You can see the recording of the entire session here. In the clip below, Thomas and Kathy describe the role that undergraduate learning assistants (LAs)...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Patrick Murphy,

Feb. 26, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei  Turning a language course into a learning community: Patrick Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Spanish Patrick Murphy is a senior lecturer at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His work is mainly focused on teaching beginner- and intermediate-level Spanish courses. In this interview, Murphy looks back at his journey with online teaching, exploring...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Katie Clements

Feb. 24, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei A New Arrangement of Lectures and Reading Assignments: Dr. Katie Clements, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Teaching first-year writing courses, Dr. Clements found herself in an especially demanding situation when shifting to online teaching. Not only did she have to manage a swift transition to online teaching, but she also had to help...

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