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Intentional Teaching with Derek Bruff

Welcome to the Intentional Teaching newsletter! I'm Derek Bruff, educator and author. The name of this newsletter is a reminder that we should be intentional in how we teach, but also in how we develop as teachers over time. I hope this newsletter will be a valuable part of your professional development as an educator.

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Curriculum mapping, Jamboard update, and birdwatching

Curriculum Mapping with Jennifer M. Harrison and Vickie Rey Williams Most of the time here on Intentional Teaching, I focus on choices that individual instructors can make to enhance their courses and their teaching within those courses. However, years of consulting with faculty and other instructors has taught me that there are some teaching problems that can't be solved at the individual course level. Often we run into barriers to improvement that require us to move outside the course and...

1 day ago • 4 min read

Creativity, Divergent Thinking, and AI José Antonio Bowen and C. Edward Watson have a new book out called Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning. I am very impressed with Bowen and Watson and their publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, for putting together such a comprehensive book on generative AI in higher education so quickly. I worry it will be out of date in a year, but right now, in the summer of 2024, it's an impressive orientation to teaching and...

8 days ago • 4 min read

Leading In-Class Group Work OneHE is a UK organization that produces professional learning resources for higher education faculty interested in developing their teaching skills. They've worked with a large number of experts (including past Intentional Teaching podcast guests James Lang, Michelle Miller, Kelly Hogan, Viji Sathy, and Thomas Tobin) to create short courses on a wide variety of topics. Most courses consist of about 20 minutes of videos and several reflection questions to help...

15 days ago • 3 min read

New Collections on UVA's Teaching Hub You may remember a piece in the newsletter earlier this year about Teaching Hub, a new website from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia. Teaching Hub is designed to crowdsource the best teaching and learning resources around higher ed, resources useful for instructors, educational developers, and instructional designers. Each collection on Teaching Hub features a relatively small number of resources (usually between four and...

22 days ago • 2 min read

Universal Design for Learning at Scale with Tom Tobin Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for improving learning for all learners based on the science of how humans learn. It involves providing learners with multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and expression. We’ve mentioned the framework on the show from time to time, and I thought it was time to dig in a little deeper. Naturally, I thought of inviting Thomas J. Tobin on the podcast. Tom helped found the...

29 days ago • 3 min read

Surprise! I have another podcast episode for you this week. Usually I release episodes every other Tuesday, but I've been talking to too many interesting people lately! I'm taking the Intentional Teaching podcast weekly for the month of April to catch up on my backlog of interviews. AI-Enhanced Learning with Pary Fassihi This week I have another fantastic interview about teaching with AI. Pary Fassihi is a senior lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program at Boston...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

AI-Powered Learning Assistants with Sravanti Kantheti It’s been 16 months since ChatGPT was released and all of higher education had to start figuring out what to do with generative artificial intelligence. One thread of that very lively conversation has focused on the potential for AI to serve as a kind of learning assistant for students. We know that having students go to the free version of ChatGPT and ask it questions about course content can lead to some... inaccurate answers. But what...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

Some Research on Generative AI and Student Learning Next week I’m speaking on a panel organized by Colleen Flaherty for an Inside Higher Ed webinar titled “AI and Student Learning: What We Know (and What We Don’t).” It’s scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th, at 1pm Central, and it’s free! I’m excited to share my perspectives on this topic and to learn from my co-panelists, who have been engaged in very interesting AI projects. “a college student studying at a desk surrounded by multiple robot...

about 2 months ago • 9 min read

Instructional (Re)Design with David Hinson and Shawndra Bowers This week on the Intentional Teaching podcast, I’m excited to share a story of course transformation, a story that leverages the strengths of online learning in service of an onsite course and that involves a thriving partnership between a faculty member and an instructional designer. David Hinson is the faculty member in this story. David is the R. Hugh Daniel professor of architecture at Auburn University, and he teaches a...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Spring Break My family and I took a trip to California last week for spring break. We stayed with some friends who live on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, and we used that as a base for exploring the Los Angeles area. We visited the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, we strolled along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and we took our picture with the Hollywood sign. We also took the Coast Starlight train to San Francisco, which isn't a fast train, but the views along the California coast were...

2 months ago • 3 min read
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