Teaching Center Offers Resources and Workshops for Adaptive Teaching This Spring | Vanderbilt News
As the Vanderbilt community prepares for another semester of adaptive teaching, the Teaching center continues to create resources to help professors and instructors teach effectively in a variety of settings.
“Instructors have embraced many new technologies and teaching approaches in the fall, and we are now in a position to help them approach their online and hybrid teaching with even more intentionality,” said Derek Bruff, director of the Center. for Teaching.
January workshops and conversations
Staff at the Center for Teaching are hosting more than a dozen teaching workshops and teaching conversations for January, most of which take place before classes start (in most schools) on January 25. online student group work and overcoming the “busy work” dilemma, among others.
Teachers interested in particular tools can participate in workshops on teaching with Brightspace, Top Hat, GoReact and more. Professors who have not taught in the fall are particularly encouraged to participate in the centre’s “Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching” workshop. See the centers January 2021 Events Page for more details and registration.
Online course development resource site
The centre’s resources Online course development resource site Walk the online course development process using research, best practices, and existing resources from the web and the Center for Teaching. Visit the site for practical advice on planning, implementing and evaluating online courses.
Instructional Design Services
The Center for Teaching now offers instructional design consultations to the Vanderbilt community. Julaine Fowlin, the Center’s new Deputy Director for Instructional Design, is available to consult with instructors on online course design, moving an existing course online, or developing online programs. To schedule a consultation, see this form.
Brightspace support at CFT
Many instructors have learned new ways to support student engagement and learning through Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system. The centre’s team of Brightspace support specialists are available to answer both technical and educational questions. Support is available by email ([email protected]) and phone (615-322-0200) Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On request resources are always available on the Brightspace Support Website.
The Center for Teaching is also recruiting an additional instructional technologist for the Brightspace support team, a position that will allow the team to expand support hours to include Saturdays. “With the increased use of Brightspace by faculty today and in the future, it was time to expand our team to meet campus support needs,” said Bruff.
Brightspace is not the only educational technology supported by the Center for Teaching. The following tools all integrate with Brightspace in different ways:
- Top hat is Vanderbilt’s classroom response system, offering live polling tools that can enhance a Zoom or Hybrid classroom session, as well as tools for asynchronous interaction with students, including quizzes and discussions built into the course content.
- GoReact is an online video feedback tool. Students can upload videos of presentations or performance demonstrations, and instructors (and their peers) can leave time-coded text, audio, and video comments.
- Gradescope helps instructors administer and grade assignments and assessments, whether online or in the classroom. It can improve efficiency, fairness and safety when grading, especially when teams of levelers are involved.
- Perusall is a social annotation tool, allowing students to collaboratively highlight and annotate readings and course material. Social annotation can help students engage more deeply in readings and learn from their peers.
- Proctorio is a remote monitoring tool, offering a variety of options to promote academic integrity during exams and quizzes. The tool can prevent students from using browser windows and register applicants using the student webcam, reporting unusual activity for faculty analysis.
One button studio
CFT’s One Button Studio is an automated and streamlined video studio that can be used without any prior video production experience to create high-quality educational videos for online and hybrid courses. The studio has good lighting and sound and is incredibly easy to use. To see the One Button Studio website for more information or to make an appointment.
Blog articles, study guides and more
For additional resources including blog posts, tutorials, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos that may be useful for Spring 2021 teaching, check out the Overview of the teaching centre’s resources.
In addition to the resources at the Center for Teaching, teachers and other instructors can also access classroom technology training through VUIT. For more information and to register, please visit VUIT adaptive teaching website.