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Online Course Visits

Seeing others teach can be a valuable way help us grow our own teaching practice. For years, the CFT has hosted teaching visits for Vanderbilt faculty, post-docs, and grad students to observe their colleagues’ face-to-face classes (such as during the Open Classroom event).  In hybrid and online courses, a significant amount of teaching is done digitally, in the way instructors organize their courses, communicate with their students, and foster student interaction. The Online Course Visits program is designed to allow Vanderbilt instructors to “visit” others’ Brightspace courses to observe these features.

If you would like to observe a colleague’s Brightspace course, sign up for one or more of the options below. You will be registered as a guest in the course and will be able to log in and view the course organization and content beginning on the start date listed below. [Please note that no student information (e.g., names, grades, discussion posts) will be visible to guests.]

Some hosts have also offered to discuss their course design choices via Zoom. If so, you will receive a Zoom invitation when you are registered as a guest in the course.

Guojun Wang

  • ASIA 2606-01 Martial Tradition Chin Lit (2020U): The Martial Tradition in Chinese Literature
  • The course will be open to visitors on June 16
  • Professor Wang will host a Zoom call Tuesday, June 23, 2-3 pm

Sign ups are closed for this course


Thomas Clements and Jim Pask

  • BSCI 1510-01 Intro to Biological Sciences (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors June 22
  • Professors Clements and Pask will host a Zoom call Thursday, June 25, 1-2 p.m.

Sign ups are closed for this course


Dani Picard

  • MHS 3120/5120 Medicine, Technology and Society (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors June 22
  • Professor Picard will host a Zoom call Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30

Sign ups are closed for this course


Andrea Henrie

  • SCED 6250: Advanced Teaching of Science in Elementary Schools
  • The course will be open to visitors June 22
  • No Zoom call for this course

Sign ups are closed for this course


Lynn Ramey and Jonathan Rattner

  • FREN 3230-01 French/Francophone Cinema (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors June 22
  • Professors Ramey and Rattner will host a Zoom call. Date and time TBD.

Sign ups are closed for this course


Julie Johnson

  • CS3250: Algorithms (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors June 29
  • Professor Johnson will host a Zoom call Monday, June 29, 12-1 p.m. Visitors should attend this call before viewing the course so Professor Johnson can provide some guidance about what they will see and what pieces are still under construction.

Sign ups are closed for this course


Stacy Clifford Simplican

  • WGA 1150W-01: Sex and Gender in Everyday Life (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors June 29
  • Professor Simplican will host a Zoom call Wednesday, July 1, 1-2 p.m.

Sign ups are closed for this course


Meredyth Wegener

  • PSY 3630-01: Drugs & Behavior (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors June 30
  • Professor Wegener will host a Zoom call Monday, July 6, 11 a.m.-12 noon

Sign ups are closed for this course


Brian Kissel

Sign ups are closed for this course


Alex Sargent

  • THTR 2781: The History of Fashion (2020U)
  • The course will open to visitors July 1
  • Professor Sargent will host a Zoom call in July; exact date and time TBD

Sign ups are closed for this course


Heather Luea

  • ECON 2300-01 Money and Banking (2020U)
  • The course will open to visitors July 1
  • Professor Sargent will host a Zoom call in July; exact date and time TBD

Sign ups are closed for this course


Kristen Navarro

  • WGS 1160W-01 Sex and Society (2020U)
  • The course will open to visitors July 1
  • Professor Navarro will host a Zoom call on Monday, July 6. Exact time TBD.

Sign ups are closed for this course


Doug Schmidt

  • CS 3251: Intermediate Software Design
  • Professor Schmidt uses his Vanderbilt website, YouTube, and GitHub to manage most of his course elements, just using Brightspace for online quizzes and exams. You can see his course organization and materials at
  • No Zoom call for this course

No sign up needed


Tara Todd and Katie Clements

  • CHEM 2222-01-02: Organic Chemistry II (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors July 7
  • Professors Todd and Clements will host a Zoom call Friday, July 10, 2-3 p.m.

Sign up


Leigh Gilchrist

  • HOD 1300.01 Small Group Behavior (2020U)
  • The course will be open to visitors July 7
  • Professor Gilchrist will host a Zoom call in July; exact date/time TBD.

Sign up


Divya Chaudry

  • HNUR 1101: Elementary Hindi-Urdu I (2020F)
  • The course will be open to visitors July 13
  • Professor Chaudry will host a Zoom call on July 15, 11a.m.-12 noon.

Sign up