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A podcast on creative, intentional, and effective uses of technology to enhance student learning, produced at Vanderbilt University

    Episode 081 - Susan Kevra

    Episode 081 - Susan Kevra

    In this episode, we’re talking with one of the participants in the Vanderbilt Online Course Design Institute, Susan Kevra, a principal senior lecturer in French who also teaches in our American studies program. Prior to this spring’s remote teaching, Susan had never taught online. She knew she would be teaching online this summer, with an American studies writing intensive course on food, so she signed up for our institute. She actually participated the two weeks immediately prior to her summer course, so she was designing in a hurry! In our conversation, we talk about experiential learning activities, building community and fostering social presence, balancing asynchronous and synchronous modes of instruction, and the role of visual design in the online learning experience.
    • Susan Kevra’s faculty page, https://as.vanderbilt.edu/french-italian/faculty/susan-kevra-2/
    • Online Course Development Resources from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, https://www.vanderbilt.edu/cdr/
    • Vanderbilt Center for Teaching blog, https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/blog/

    • 41 min
    Episode 080 - Adam Miller - Ayesha Keller - Roxane Pajoul

    Episode 080 - Adam Miller - Ayesha Keller - Roxane Pajoul

    In this episode, guest producer Alex Oxner shares a conversation with three faculty teaching at institutions that serve a wide range of students. Adam Miller, director of the writing center and English instructor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College; Ayesha Keller, assistant professor of social work at Nashville State Community College; and Roxane Pajoul, assistant professor of French at Tennessee State University, a historically Black university, discuss the challenges they and their students faced during this spring’s period of remote teaching, their plans for teaching during this uncertain fall semester, and technologies they have found useful in engaging their students.
    At the time of this recording, Alex was an instructor of English at Nashville State Community College. She is now the assistant director of inclusive pedagogy at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame. She is also an alumna of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching’s Graduate Teaching Fellows program.

    • Alex Oxner on LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandraoxner/
    • Ayesha Keller on LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayesha-keller-msw-98126987/
    • Roxane Pajoul’s faculty page, http://www.tnstate.edu/llp/faculty/pajoul.aspx

    • 42 min
    Episode 079 - Rodolfo Rego

    Episode 079 - Rodolfo Rego

    Rodolfo Rego is a senior instructor in the department of earth and environment at Florida International University. You may remember Rodolfo from Episode 59 of Leading Lines, about a year ago, when he shared some of his approaches for teaching earth and environmental science courses online. His courses are ones that one might think are entirely bound by place— his courses often feature field trips or mineral labs. But he makes them work, and work well, as fully online courses, leveraging the fact that his students aren’t all in the same place at the same time to help them learn about the Earth and the environment.

    Rodolfo spoke with Derek Bruff in early June and was asked about the so-called pivot to online teaching this spring and how it affected him. He also talks about his plans for the fall, with all its uncertainties, and he shared his advice for faculty new to online teaching. For all those faculty who are new to teaching online and worried about making their fall courses work well, you’ll find Rodolfo’s advice both practical and reassuring.

    • Multimedia resources from Rodolfo’s courses, https://case.fiu.edu/earth-environment/resources/multimedia-resources/index.html
    • Leading Lines Ep. 59 f. Rodolfo Rego, http://leadinglinespod.com/episodes/episode-59rodolfo-rego/
    • Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms, Derek Bruff, https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/2020/06/active-learning-in-hybrid-and-socially-distanced-classrooms/
    • Structures for Flex Classrooms: Pros, Cons, and Pedagogical Choices, Cynthia Brame, https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/2020/06/structures-for-flex-classrooms-pros-cons-and-pedagogical-choices/

    • 43 min
    Episode 078- Cynthia Brame

    Episode 078- Cynthia Brame

    We’re back with another episode exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. This time we are speaking with one of Derek’s colleagues at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, Cynthia Brame, about the Online Course Design Institute that was launched in May to help Vanderbilt faculty get ready to teach online this summer and possibly this fall.
    Cynthia Brame was one of the designers of institute, and she’s been one of the institute facilitators since launching on May 4th. She’s an associate director at center and a principal senior lecturer in biological sciences, where she teaches a large-enrollment biochemistry course. At the center, she acts as liaison to the STEM departments on campus and leads the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, among other duties. She’s also the author of the book Science Teaching Essentials: Short Guides to Good Practice, and prior to working at the center, she was associate professor and chair of biology at Centenary College in Louisiana.
    • Cynthia Brame’s website and blog, https://cynthiabrame.org/
    • @CynthiaBrame on Twitter, https://twitter.com/CynthiaBrame
    • Science Teaching Essentials: Short Guides to Good Practice, https://www.elsevier.com/books/science-teaching-essentials/brame/978-0-12-814702-3
    • Online Course Design Institute, https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/ocdi/

    • 43 min
    Episode 077 - Robin DeRosa And Martha Burtis

    Episode 077 - Robin DeRosa And Martha Burtis

    During this season of Leading Lines, we’re exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. A big part of that impact lands on our students. Robin DeRosa is the director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, or Open CoLab, at Plymouth State University, a public liberal arts institution that’s part of the University. She brought along her colleague Martha Burtis, now a learning and teaching developer at the Open CoLab, and formerly at the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington.

    Robin and Martha talk about the challenges our students are facing during this crisis and the ways they and their colleagues are helping to respond to those challenges. They also offered some useful advice for faculty and institutions planning ahead for an uncertain summer and fall.

    • Robin DeRosa’s website, http://robinderosa.net/
    • @actualham, Robin DeRosa on Twitter, https://twitter.com/actualham
    • Martha Burtis’ website, https://marthaburtis.net/
    • @mburtis, Martha Burtis on Twitter, https://twitter.com/mburtis
    • Open CoLab, the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, https://colab.plymouthcreate.net/
    • “Preparing to Teach During COVID-19,” from the CoLab, https://colab.plymouthcreate.net/covid19/
    • Ungrading webinar, https://colab.plymouthcreate.net/resource/ungrading-webinar/
    • Ungrading, a Chapbook produced by Martha Burtis and Ashley Hichborn, https://colab.plymouthcreate.net/uncategorized/introducing-ungrading-a-chapbook/
    • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course website, https://colab.plymouthcreate.net/ids-intro/ids-intro-home/

    • 56 min
    Episode 076 - Bryan Alexander

    Episode 076 - Bryan Alexander

    In late March 2020, most institutions of higher education in the US and around the world have closed their campuses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and in most cases those institutions have shifted the entirety of their instruction to online and other alternative methods. In the next few episodes of Leading Lines, we’re going to explore what this means for higher education, both in the short-term as faculty and other instructors find practical ways to navigate this transition to remote teaching and learning and in the long-term, considering how educational technology and, indeed, all of higher education might change in response to what’s happening here in 2020.

    To help us understand that longer-term impact, we reached out to Bryan Alexander. Bryan has a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Michigan, and he taught for a number of years at Centenary College in Louisiana. From 2002 to 2014, Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, or NITLE, a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. These days, Bryan is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, teacher, and a senior scholar at Georgetown University. His latest book, Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press earlier this year.

    Bryan talks about higher education’s current pivot to online teaching, and ways to think about the potential long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As you’ll hear, Bryan is informed, insightful, and compassionate, and we are glad to share the conversation here on the podcast.

    • The Future of Education Observatory, http://futureofeducation.us/
    • Bryan Alexander’s website and blog, https://bryanalexander.org/
    • @BryanAlexander on Twitter, https://twitter.com/BryanAlexander
    • Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins Press, 2020, https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/academia-next
    • The Future Trends Forum, https://bryanalexander.org/the-future-trends-forum/
    • Colleges and universities closed / migrating online for COVID-19 [spreadsheet], https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19wJZekxpewDQmApULkvZRBpBwcnd5gZlZF2SEU2WQD8/edit#gid=0

    • 48 min

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