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From the Center for Teaching Blog
December 5, 2013 — Designing Spaces for Learning: What’s Next? – Monday, December 9th
by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The Space, Learning, and Mobility Lab (SLAMLab) at Peabody College, Peabody International Affairs, and the Vanderbilt International Office are hosting a presentation and interactive reception on the topic of learning spaces on Monday, December 9th....
December 4, 2013 — The Mindful PhD: Inspiration, Creativity, & New Ideas
by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director In “The Science of Inspiration” (2013), Eric Ravenscraft highlights the neuroscientific view of inspiration, epiphanies, and “‘a-ha’ moments”: “When you make a new connection between two ideas, it’s not just a metaphor. Your brain...
November 20, 2013 — The Mindful PhD: Labyrinths & Learning
by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director I’ve been reading everything I find about mindfulness, but I’m eager for more evidence-based work on its effects on learning in the college classroom. As my previous posts indicate, recent years have seen a...
November 20, 2013 — SoTL Spotlight: Reflections from a SoTL Project
by Andrew Greer, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Learning happens (or doesn’t), and the processes often remain hidden. Teachers tend to modify their teaching with trial and error, and base these modifications on assumptions about the problems with student learning. However,...
November 18, 2013 — “Inviting Genius”: Students as Producers in African American Studies
by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director The CFT’s theme this year, “Students as Producers,” has given me the opportunity to talk with some talented and thoughtful colleagues across campus. On October 24, I brought together three of them to have...