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Thinking fondly back to the days when our cohort participants could squeeze in together for a photo, we’re hopeful that next year’s Faculty Cohorts will be able to return to in-person gatherings. Learn more below.

Cohort Applications Due March 1

There’s still time to apply for one of our 2021-22 Faculty Cohorts on Teaching: Traditions of Formation and our Teaching and Teaching for Inclusion and Social Justice. Cohort participants receive a $2,500 stipend and spend a year investigating a new pedagogical approach to implement in at least one of their courses. The program is open to all Boston College faculty. Descriptions of the two cohort topics and application information are available on the CTE website.

New Teaching Roundtables

This spring we continue our series of Teaching Roundtables, gatherings for sharing ideas and challenges and thinking together about teaching in the pandemic. We’ll make some space to discuss how we’ve been adapting to our particular classroom contexts, whether remote or blended, and also how we’re responding to intensifying national conversations. Registration is open for the first three roundtables. Click the links below for more information:

Navigating Expectations for Neutrality in the Classroom | Feb 10, 4:00 - 5:00
Teaching Foreign Languages at a Distance | Feb 23, 4:00 - 5:00
Defining What’s “Normal” on Zoom | Mar 12, 12:00 - 1:00

In March we’ll announce the semester’s remaining roundtables, which will focus on contemplative approaches to trauma-informed teaching, strategies for increasing course structure without raising concerns about busywork, and experiments in de-centering whiteness in the classroom.

Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching

Faculty early in their BC careers are invited to join one or more of this semester’s Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching, virtual discussions about various teaching questions. RSVP online for our spring conversations about managing teaching workloads, interpreting course evaluations, and the role of higher education in our democracy. Find the full schedule and registration information on the CTE website.

Upcoming Workshops

Teaching International & Multilingual Students

Learning in a pandemic has been particularly disorienting for international and multilingual students who may be navigating across cultural norms and/or learning in a second language. On Thursday, February 4 from 12:00 - 1:00, Adrienne Nussbaum (Office of International Students and Scholars) and Lynne Anderson (Program for English Language Learning) will lead a workshop on “Teaching International and Multilingual Students During the Pandemic,” offering strategies and resources for supporting international and multilingual students at this unusual time. Find a complete description and registration information online.

Poll Everywhere in the Classroom and Remotely

Join us on Tuesday, February 9th from 10:00 - 11:30 for an overview of Poll Everywhere, a tool for creating interactive activities and polls for the classroom, on Zoom, and asynchronously. We will cover creating and presenting activities in Poll Everywhere, registering students and preparing them to participate, as well as viewing student responses and exporting grades from Poll Everywhere to Canvas.

Introducing VoiceThread

Looking to reinvigorate and personalize asynchronous discussions in your class? VoiceThread, a tool that allows you and your students to engage in multimedia conversations as you collaboratively annotate audio or video files, might be a good tool to explore. Our new VoiceThread resource provides an overview of the tool and information on getting started with it in Canvas. Please contact centerforteaching@bc.edu if you have any additional questions about using it in your courses.

If you’re interested in collaboratively annotating video but aren’t ready to get started with a new tool, Perusall also allows users to annotate video files from YouTube and Vimeo.

Mid-Semester Feedback Services

If you’re planning to gather mid-semester feedback from your students — either using the standard form distributed by the Provost’s Office or a form of your own design — CTE staff are available to help you develop feedback questions and/or make sense of feedback you’ve already gathered. To learn more, fill out our feedback consultation request form, and someone will follow up with you.

ATIG Proposals Due March 12

Administered by the Academic Technology Advisory Board (ATAB), the Academic Technology Innovation Grant (ATIG) seeks to support faculty projects that bring innovative uses of technology to teaching and research. Proposals are welcome from individual faculty members, departments or interdisciplinary groups, with special attention given to those with the potential for adoption beyond the recipient's own department or school. Awards typically range from $5K to $40K and may include a summer faculty stipend of up to $5K per project. Application forms are available online.

AAC&U Panel on Equity & Excellence

Executive Director Stacy Grooters and Akua Sarr, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, recently presented with colleagues from the Reinvention Collaborative at the AAC&U Annual Meeting. The panel, “What Has COVID Taught Us? Seizing the Crisis to Advance Equity and Excellence in Undergraduate Education at Research Universities,” considered the range of ways the pandemic has impacted how universities approach advising, enrollment, and teaching and learning.

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