Teaching Archive

Will ChatGPT make us better, happier teachers?

When I was six years old, my most prized possession was a “Smarty Bear.” Unlike the better-known Teddy Ruxpin, which read a taped script, Smarty Bear was an animatronic teddy bear that would interact and respond to my questions. Over time, I grew disenchanted with his eight-ball-like answers and asked Santa to develop an even […]

Small Teaching for Instructors of Foreign Languages

This post is authored by Peter Knapczyk, from the Middle East and South Asian Studies (MESAS) Program. Knapczyk developed this contribution as part of his participation in the CAT’s New Faculty Learning Community (FLC) last year.  I was introduced to James Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2nd Edition, 2021) as […]

Small Teaching, Big Impact

This post is authored by Derek Lee from the Department of English. Lee developed this contribution as part of his participation in the CAT’s New Faculty Learning Community (FLC) last year. Be on the look out for a second post from another FLC participant later this week. If you are interested in joining this year’s New […]

Preparing to Teach After 16 Months of Disruption

Our previous posts this week have been mostly pragmatic–helping you put the finishing touches on your syllabi, your Canvas page, and your new teaching wardrobe. Today’s post will be a bit longer, reflecting on a particularly thorny pedagogical challenge that may exist regardless of whether public health conditions get dramatically better or worse this year. […]

Masks in the Classroom: Part 2!

About this time last year, I wrote a short post with a few mask recommendations and tips for teaching in a mask. We’ve learned a lot over the past year, so I thought it might be helpful to revisit this idea again in preparation for fall classes.   Teaching While Masked Many of you have […]

Transforming Your Blank “Canvas” Into a Teaching Masterpiece

Last week, I began dusting off both my notes and my memory as I started preparing to teach my course this Fall Semester. I haven’t taught this course since the Spring of 2019 and, needless to say, quite a few things have changed since then! I got out the textbook, my old syllabi, and my […]

Syllabus Week

As our undergraduates begin classes on August 23rd, most Wake Forest faculty are currently in the thick of Syllabus Week. We have run out of cabinets to reorganize and academic TV pilots to watch and are scrambling to draft and redraft our syllabi before the semester is officially upon us. This work is hard in […]

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Maybe you have already experienced this in your classroom; students are exhausted, struggling personally or academically, while others aren’t responding altogether. It is no surprise that the current transition to remote learning formats has intensified the stress and anxiety experienced by all students. According to a 2020 study by Active Minds, 80% of college students […]

Shared Spaces: Whiteboarding In Online Courses

*this post is co-authored with Amy Archambault, Instructional Designer in the Office of Online Education, and Lynne Yengulalp, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. For many, a challenging element of switching from in-person to online teaching has been the loss of the whiteboard. The act of teaching can feel unmoored without […]

Strategies for Accommodating Students: Spring 2021 Update

*Note this is an updated version of our previous blog post from October 26, 2020. The information here discusses what we learned from our Fall survey of students and faculty and also new resources available in Spring 2021. The entire CAT Team contributed to this post. Given the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 on […]