Christina Ragan Receives Grant for Student-led Video Project
This news first appeared in the Course Hero newsroom.
Christina Ragan, a lecturer of Biology in the B.S. in Neuroscience program who also serves as director of Outreach and co-director of Neuroscience Teaching Conference at Georgia Tech, has been named one of 51 educators to receive funding from a new grant program launched by online learning platform Course Hero, designed to support a wide range of faculty submitted “dream projects.”
“The creativity and aspirations of the hundreds of faculty who submitted were inspiring, and the makeup of the applicant pool truly reflected the breadth and diversity of faculty across disciplines, institutions and passions,” said Sean Michael Morris, VP of Academics at Course Hero. “We were especially impressed by the focus on experimentation with new and emergent pedagogies. At the start of the pandemic, digital learning approaches were deemed a short-term solution, but a growing number of faculty now use them as an integral piece of the puzzle.”
For Ragan’s project, Georgia Tech students will produce videos on challenging topics with embedded quiz questions for their peers — then vote on the best videos, with the winners to present at a conference.
Selected through a blind review process by a team of Course Hero staff who were, themselves, former educators, awardees were selected from a pool of 374 faculty projects submitted for the Fall 2022 term.
Grant recipients will be recognized at Course Hero’s fifth annual educator summit, which will take place virtually, July 28-29, 2022. Over 5,000 educators, researchers, and instructional designers will convene around this year’s theme, “Learning Together, Teaching Together,” to discuss the latest in learning and pedagogy. Speakers at this year’s summit include Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell, and award-winning faculty like Gaye Theresa Johnson, professor of African American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles — and Michelle Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014).
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