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Wicked Workshops to Create Wicked Students who Solve Wicked Problems

Contributed by CTL Faculty Associate, Kelly Mancini Becker I haven’t really heard the term wicked since my days living in Providence, RI in the early 90s where the term was used frequently to emphasize everything: it was going to be … Continue reading

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Adjusting to Mask-Optional Teaching

Contributed by the CTL Director, Susanmarie Harrington Provost Prelock announced that as of Saturday, March 19, masks are now optional in most indoor locations at UVM. The policy change announcement acknowledged the ways in which students, faculty, and staff have … Continue reading

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Helping Students Overcome Obstacles

Contributed by CTL Faculty Associate, Allison Anacker, Psychological Science We’ve been experiencing an unprecedented number of issues arising in the last two years, and not just COVID cases. Students have been going through personal crises and have physical and mental … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Yellowdig in a Biochemistry Course (with Some Unexpected Results)

Contributed by CTL Faculty Associate, Laura Almstead, Plant Biology; Nutrition & Food Sciences An introductory biochemistry course isn’t the first class you’d think of when considering classes where a discussion board could be used. This is a course I’ve taught … Continue reading

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What Teaching Modifications Should We Keep After the Pandemic? Ask Your Students!

Contributed by Allison Anacker Psychological Science, CTL Faculty Associate As we near the end of this unprecedented academic year, with the promise of something resembling “normal” in the fall, it’s a good time for reflection. We’ve made monumental changes in … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Cultivate Community & Connection in Pandemic Classrooms: Insights from a Student Research Project

Contributed by Kelly Hamshaw Community Development & Applied Economics, CTL Faculty Associate With the Fall 2020 semester in our collective rearview mirror and with preparations for the Spring 2021 semester ahead of us, we have an opportunity to reflect upon … Continue reading

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Take-Home Messages from Listening to Students

Contributed by Laura Almstead, Plant Biology; Nutrition & Food Sciences; CTL Faculty Associate I was prompted to write this blog piece after reading the responses to a mid-semester survey and reflecting on input I’d received through one-on-one conversations with students. … Continue reading

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Online Proctoring Tools: Balancing Academic Integrity with Student Access and Privacy

By Dianna Murray-Close With the recent move to remote teaching, faculty have raised questions about how they can ensure academic integrity when students take exams online. Concerns include students taking the exam together, exam questions being broadly shared with future … Continue reading

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Contemplative Pedagogy for Transformative Education and a Creative Response

By guest contributor, Laura Hill, Plant Biology Today’s college student is seeking more from their higher education than simply gaining knowledge and skills. They are asking faculty to make the classroom experience more participatory, inclusive, and relevant. College students are … Continue reading

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Online Course Teaching Tip

Thank you to Katherine Merrill, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics & Statistics, for contributing this post. As an avid learner, I have always been amazed at students who think that the instructor is solely responsible for their learning. And this is … Continue reading

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