2021 Teaching Vision

Monday, May 24, 2021, 4:15 – 6:15 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 8:30 – 10:30 AM EDT

Organizer: Dirk Bernhardt-Walther, University of Toronto
Speakers: Jessica Witt, Colorado State University; Benjamin Balas, North Dakota State University; Michelle Greene, Bates College; Michael Cohen, Amherst College; Dirk Bernhardt-Walther, University of Toronto

The Covid-19 pandemic has catapulted instructors at universities and colleges into a new reality of online teaching. They had to rapidly adapt and innovate to adjust their proven classroom-based courses to the new reality of physically distant learning, with challenges to material delivery, student engagement, and student assessment. In this Satellite Event we will provide a forum for instructors teaching vision-related courses to exchange ideas, best practices, and materials. We will offer advice by experienced instructors on practical demonstrations that can be performed by students at home, student engagement in an online setting, open pedagogies in the online/hybrid realm, as well as incorporating online laboratory work in teaching vision-related courses. We will discuss ideas for bridging the gap between demonstrations and structured observations and the use of quantitative models for problem-solving in vision science courses. We invite the VSS community to participate in an open panel discussion to share their own experiences with teaching during the pandemic.

Jessica Witt

Colorado State University

Teaching a Sensation & Perception Lab On-Line

Benjamin Balas

North Dakota State University

Vision science on paper: Analog demos to support problem-solving in Sensation & Perception

Michelle Greene

Bates College

Disposing with the disposable assignment: the power of open pedagogies for transformational learning

Michael Cohen

Amherst College

Strategies for assessing student learning

Dirk Bernhardt-Walther

University of Toronto

Forging an active student community in a large, asynchronous course