Spring Teaching Forum: Looking Back and Looking Forward: Reflecting on Yale’s Year of Online Learning

by Poorvu Center: Graduate and Postdoctoral Teaching Development

Conference/Symposium Academic Faculty Graduate and Professional Students Teaching Undergraduates

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

9 AM – 11:45 AM EDT (GMT-4)

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Multiple parts of the forum will occur within the three-hour time period.

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What have we learned about learning from this most unusual of academic years? During the pandemic, we transformed the way we teach and learn. Students logged into our classrooms from across the globe while instructors taught from kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms. We recorded our lectures and remembered to unmute ourselves. This year’s Spring Teaching Forum will bring together the Yale community to reflect on the challenges and successes of online learning as we approach the upcoming year with anticipation and uncertainty. A panel of Yale faculty members from across the disciplines will share their experiences in a roundtable discussion. Participants will have the chance to think together about how this year has reshaped their approach to teaching. How did we attempt to forge community at a distance? How did we confront existing and emerging issues of inequity? What positive changes will we take with us as we return to campus?


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Mira Debs

Dr. Mira Debs serves as the Executive Director of the Education Studies Program and a Lecturer in Sociology at Yale. She studies urban education, school choice, school integration activists, public policy, and progressive public schools. Dr. Debs completed her doctorate at Yale University in 2016. She will teach "Foundations in Education Studies" during the Fall 2021 semester.

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Crystal Feimster

Dr. Crystal Feimster serves as an Associate Professor of African American Studies, of History, and of American Studies at Yale. Her academic focus is racial and sexual violence. Dr. Feimster completed her doctorate at Princeton University in 2000. She will teach "Slavery, Race, and Yale" during the Fall 2021 semester.

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Howard Forman

Dr. Howard Forman serves as a Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Public Health (Health Policy), Management, and Economics at Yale. He is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and contracting. Dr. Forman completed his medical doctorate at SUNY Stonybrook in 1989. He will teach "Health Economics and Public Policy" during the Fall 2021 semester.

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Reina Maruyama

Dr. Reina Maruyama serves as an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Yale. Her research focuses on dark matter and neutrinos. Dr. Maruyama completed her doctorate at the University of Washington — Seattle in 2003. She will teaching "Advanced Physics Laboratory" and "Modern Physics Measurements" during the Fall 2021 semester.

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