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‘Conversations on Teaching’

“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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“This gave them something concrete, so that when they were in small groups, they could compare and contrast, like, why did you draw this? And how does this connect to my understanding?”: Jessica Watkins talks about her synchronous sessions in her Fall 2020 online course.

Feb. 23, 2021—Jessica Watkins, Assistant Professor of Teaching & Learning, recently joined Diana Heney, Thomas Clements, and Kathy Friedman 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, Jessica describes specific ways that she promoted small group discussion...

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“One of the things that putting the course online forced me to do was to do was to go back to bare bones, like what are the goals?”: Diana Heney talks about her synchronous sessions in her online courses.

Feb. 18, 2021—Diana Heney, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, recently joined Thomas Clements, Kathy Friedman, 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, Diana describes specific ways that she shaped the two classes she taught...

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Upcoming Conversation on Teaching: Hybrid courses: Approaches to engage your virtual and F2F students

Jan. 19, 2021—In this Conversation on Teaching, three faculty members will share their successes and challenges in teaching hybrid courses this fall. Jesse Blocher, Assistant Professor, Owen Graduate School of Management Julie Johnson, Professor of the Practice, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Marcy Singer-Gabella, Professor of the Practice, Department of Teaching & Learning They’ll describe...

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Upcoming Conversation on Teaching: Group Work and Student Collaboration Online

Jan. 19, 2021—Student collaboration looks very different in online and socially distanced settings than in our traditional, face-to-face classes. This panel discussion will bring together members of the Vanderbilt teaching community who are using group work or student collaborative projects in their online or hybrid teaching. Panelists will present their group projects, describe the challenges they have...

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Upcoming Conversation on Teaching: Overcoming the ‘busywork’ Dilemma

Jan. 12, 2021—Overcoming the ‘busywork’ Dilemma: Creating Meaningful Asynchronous Activities for Student Engagement The busywork dilemma is where students perceive that assigned learning activities or assessments are not meaningfully contributing to their learning. This can be very frustrating to instructors as they often put a lot of effort and time into the design and implementation of these activities. This...

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Upcoming Conversation on Teaching: Teaching with Chat & Channel Apps

Jan. 7, 2021—Teaching with Chat & Channel Apps With the move to remote and online teaching in 2020, faculty and other instructors experimented with a wide variety of tools to foster and maintain social presence with their students. Some tried using group messaging apps like Slack, Discord, and Teams as a way to connect and communicate with...

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Upcoming Conversations on Teaching

Jan. 5, 2021—Conversations on Teaching focus on emergent teaching and learning issues in an informal, discussion-based format.  These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other.     Teaching with Chat & Channel Apps With the move to remote and online teaching in 2020, faculty...

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Conversations on Teaching

Nov. 5, 2020—Conversations on Teaching focus on emergent teaching and learning issues in an informal, discussion-based format.  These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other. Video recordings of some past conversations can be found here.       . Archived video: Synchronous Sessions in...

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Upcoming Conversations on Teaching

Oct. 5, 2020—These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other in an informal, discussion-based format. Leading Synchronous Online Discussions This semester, many of you may have tried your hand at leading synchronous online discussions for the first time, most likely via Zoom. You may...

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