Virtual Classroom Visits is a video series in which Tufts faculty from across disciplines and departments are recorded teaching, then later are interviewed while observing themselves on video and reflecting on specific moments of interaction with their students.
The episodes are part of the ongoing Student Centered Teaching at Tufts project developed by David Hammer, Professor of Education and Physics, and Philip Gay, Project Manager for the Department of Education’s Technology Learning and Media Center. The series seeks to offer insights into how faculty members elicit students’ ideas and questions, interpret and respond to students’ thinking, and encourage disciplinary reasoning practices.
Virtual Classroom Visits episodes include:
- Graduate students who review and discuss two neuropsychological testing instruments in Silas Pinto’s Biological Bases of Behavior and Learning
- Sabina Vaught’s spring class on Critical Race Theory in which students examine legal and educational theory and practice across a range of contexts and issues
- The fifty students in Steve Cohen’s Education 1, School and Society who explore civil rights history and events of June 11, 1963 when Governor George Wallace “stood in the schoolhouse door” to prevent the integration of the University of Alabama
- Sarah Pinto’s undergraduate anthropology class, Bodies in Motion, in which students visited the Tufts Art Gallery and discussed political, historical, and socio-economic representations of the human form
- Students begin the study of Newtonian mechanics in David Hammer’s Physics 11 classroom
- Students beginning the study of electrostatics in Tim Atherton’s Physics 12 classroom
- Sam Thomas giving a lesson on correlation spectroscopy and polymers in an organic chemistry class
- Students discussing Kant, de Tocqueville, and Mill in Kris Manjapra’s seminar on Empire and Enlightenment
This Virtual Classroom Visits trailer offers a glimpse of the kinds of insights faculty members gain into their teaching methods: