Faculty Focus - Coteaching: A Formula for Learning From and With Colleagues

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Whether you are sharing teaching responsibilities with another instructor or teaching one or more sections of the same course alongside other faculty, this Faculty Focus article has some helpful insights for creating a collaborative experience that benefits both the educators and learners.   I’ve cotaught a large introductory course a few of my 40+ semesters –initially alongside my predecessor and most recently to orient my successor.  Both situations had their challenges in workload distribution, student communications, approach, and willingness to give more than the minimum.   Admittedly, I prefer solo teaching, but that is likely because I feel such ownership and accountability for student experience and learning outcomes – and my own need to control what and how content is taught.   As my university only had one section of introductory nutrition, I haven’t experienced teaching the same course with multiple sections, but imagine it requires collaboration for consistency and expectations.   We can all learn from one another and benefit from the unique strengths and experience each educator brings to the face-to-face, remote, or hybrid classroom.   This Nutrition Community can help us connect and collaborate!   What are you thoughts or experiences in coteaching?  

About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.