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Preparing for Spring 2021 Resource Round-up

As faculty and other instructors prepare for another semester of adaptive teaching, the Center for Teaching continues to create resources to help the Vanderbilt community teach effectively in a variety of contexts. Below is a round-up of those resources, with an emphasis on the various blog posts, teaching guides, and on-demand content available to instructors.

January Workshops and Conversations

Center for Teaching staff are organizing more than a dozen teaching workshops and conversations on teaching for January, with most occurring before classes start (in most schools) on January 25th. Topics include accessibility and equity in course design, online student group work, active learning in Zoom classes, and overcoming the “busywork” dilemma.

Faculty interested in particular tools can attend workshops on teaching with Brightspace, Top Hat, GoReact, and more. And faculty who didn’t teach in the fall are particularly encouraged to participate in the Center’s “Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching” workshop.

See the January 2021 events page for the full list of sessions.

Online Course Development Resource Site

The resources in our Online Course Development Resource site walk through the online course development process drawing on research, best practices, and existing resources from around the web and the Center for Teaching. Visit the site for practical advice on planning, implementing, and assessing your online courses.

Instructional Design Services

The Center for Teaching is now offering instructional design consultations to the Vanderbilt community. Julaine Fowlin, the Center’s new assistant director for instructional design, is available to consult with instructors on the design of online courses, moving an existing course online, or the development of online programs. To schedule a consultation with Julaine, see this form.

Brightspace Support at the CFT

Many instructors have learned new ways to support student engagement and learning through Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system. The Center’s team of Brightspace support specialists is available to answer questions both technical and pedagogical. Support is available via email (brightspace@vanderbilt.edu) and phone (615-322-0200) on Sundays 5pm to 11pm, Mondays through Thursdays 7am to 11pm, and Fridays 7am to 5pm. On-demand resources are always available on the Brightspace support website.

Educational Technologies

Brightspace isn’t the only educational technology that the CFT supports. The following tools all integrate with Brightspace in various ways.

  • Top Hat is Vanderbilt’s classroom response system, offering tools for live polling that can enhance a Zoom or hybrid class sessions, as well as tools for asynchronous student interaction, including quizzes and discussions that are embedded in course content.
  • GoReact is an online video feedback tool. Students can upload videos of presentations or performance demonstrations and instructors (and peers) can leave time-coded text, audio, and video feedback.
  • Gradescope helps instructors administer and grade assignments and assessments, whether online or in-class. It can improve efficiency, equity, and security when grading, particularly when teams of graders are involved.
  • Perusall is a social annotation tool, allowing students to collaboratively highlight and annotate course readings and materials. Social annotation can students engage more deeply with readings and learn from their peers.
  • Proctorio is a remote proctoring tool, offering a variety of options for promoting academic integrity during exams and quizzes. The tool can prevent students from using browser windows and record test-takers using student webcams, flagging unusual activity for faculty analysis.

One Button Studio

The CFT’s One Button Studio is an automated, simplified video studio that can be used without any previous video production experience to make high-quality educational videos for online and hybrid courses. The studio has great lighting and great sound and is incredibly easy to use. See the One Button Studio site for more information or to book an appointment.

Blog Posts, Teaching Guides, and More

With all the resources that CFT staff have been creating, it can hard to keep track of what is where. What follows is a list of some of the blog posts, teaching guides, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos most useful for spring 2021 course planning.

Hybrid Teaching
Online Teaching

Student-Centered Teaching

Assessment
Brightspace Tools
Other Tool and Technologies
Other Resources

 

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