Davis Fellow Reflections

October 4th, 2017

This fall, the Center for Teaching and Learning will gather the Brandeis Teaching Fellows. These fellows will meet throughout the academic year and focus on various issues around teaching pedagogy and assessment. As we look to the work this new group will undertake, we pause to reflect on the work of the group’s predecessors, the Davis Teaching and Learning Fellows.

Charles Golden, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Davis Fellow from 2015-2016, highlights the challenges facing faculty in learning how to teach. You can read his reflection here.

Open Educational Resources

November 10th, 2016

Grants for Integration of Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials

Each year the cost of higher education rises. Tuition and fees are commonly recognized as barriers to higher education, but the unexpected costs of reading and study materials are a burden for students as well. As a result, students resort to cost mitigating strategies that have a negative impact on their education. Students may avoid certain courses due to expensive required materials, purchase outdated texts, share texts with classmates, or turn to other strategies.

To address the high cost of these academic resources, faculty are invited to apply to newly available funding to support the incorporation of quality open and affordable course materials. Faculty interested in implementing a new curricular resource strategy may receive funds in amounts from $500-$1000.

These funds can support a variety of efforts towards the reduction of costly course materials, including:

  • The development of original teaching materials

  • The integration of publicly accessible articles or text

  • The incorporation of library materials available through subscriptions

To learn more about open educational resources and the funding opportunities, we invite you to attend one of the following upcoming information session.

During the session you will hear from the grant coordinators as well as Jane Morris, of Boston College, who will speak to BC’s existing funding program. Each session will include a discussion of the need for open educational resources and conclude with details for this interested in submitting a proposal for funding.

Please contact us with any questions.

Thank you,

Academic Technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Library and the Rabb School

Teaching Awards

October 20th, 2016

Rice University has compiled an interesting list of teaching awards that are specific to disciplines but not to any one institution.  

Please share the list with your colleagues  whose teaching deserves notice.  If you know of other teaching awards, please let the CTL know.  Those awards will be added to the list that we are starting.