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Learning Online with Social Annotation

Jul. 26, 2021—This spring CFT executive director Derek Bruff experimented with the social annotation tool Perusall in his first-year writing seminar. Perusall allowed him to share a variety of course materials with students, including news articles, podcast episodes, and YouTube video, and to invite students to annotate those texts collaboratively. He used the tool in several different...

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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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Teaching with Perusall and Social Annotation – Highlights from a Conversation

Sep. 23, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director This summer, hundreds of participants in the Center for Teaching’s Online Course Design Institute had the chance to use a social annotation tool as part of their experience in the institute. My CFT colleagues and I asked participants to read a few articles about online teaching and annotate them collaboratively, first...

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Upcoming Conversations on Teaching

Sep. 3, 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.   Teaching in a Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classroom For some instructors, the classroom looks very different this fall. Some of their students are in the classroom, but masked...

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