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What Can Faculty Do about Students’ Classroom-Based Anxieties? More Than You Think.

August 4, 2014 — by Nancy Chick (CFT Assistant Director) Last week, The Princeton Review released its annual list of “The Top 10 Colleges for ___,” and Vanderbilt made a big splash by ranking #1 with the Happiest College Students in the US.*  While this...... KEEP READING »

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Teaching Writing in the 21st Century

August 19, 2014 — The Center for Teaching is again collaborating with the Writing Studio, the Jean & Alexander Heard Library,the English Language Center, and (new this year) the Curb Center to develop resourceful experiences for anyone who teaches writing at Vanderbilt.  This year, we’re sponsoring...... KEEP READING »

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Interested in the Digital Humanities? Apply to be a HASTAC Scholar – Deadline Sept. 1

August 19, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director If you’re a graduate student in the humanities interested in exploring the intersections of teaching, scholarship, and technology, please consider applying to be a HASTAC Scholar for 2014-15. The deadline for applications is September 1st....... KEEP READING »

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An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching – Starts October 6th

August 18, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m very pleased to announce that the free, seven-week, online course “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is now open for enrollment. The course is designed to provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in...... KEEP READING »

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Reflections from SoTL Scholar Abbey Mann

August 15, 2014 — “Scholarly teaching is what every one of us should be engaged in every day that we are in classroom, in our office with students, tutoring, lecturing, conducting discussions, all the roles we play pedagogically. Our work as teachers should meet...... KEEP READING »

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Grading Writing Assignments in Less than a Lifetime

August 15, 2014 — by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director One of the greatest stresses experienced by new faculty (and not-so-new faculty) is the amount of time spent on effective teaching. Parkinson’s Law—the notion that a task expands to fill the time available—seems more true...... KEEP READING »

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From the Director: Teaching, Difference, and Power

August 14, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Several years ago, I read about a line of research in mathematics education that immediately captured my attention.  The research indicated that reminding female students of their gender before they took a math exam tended...... KEEP READING »

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Just in Time for the Fall Semester – Faculty Teaching Workshops August 18 and 19

August 12, 2014 — The Center for Teaching is hosting four Teaching Workshops for faculty next week, just in time for the start of the fall semester. Topics include writing multiple-choice test items, designing effective PowerPoint presentations, facilitating difficult discussions in class, and reducing...... KEEP READING »

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Coordination and Coherence: Behind the Scenes of a Multi-Institution MOOC

August 7, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director, cross-posted from Derek’s blog, Agile Learning Back in November, I announced that the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching would be part of a $750,000, three-year, multi-institution National Science Foundation supporting the creation of two MOOCs...... KEEP READING »

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The Mindful PhD: Sitting Down & Staying Still

July 27, 2014 — by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director The progressive breakdown of my computer and resulting residencies of IT guys have conspired to force me to read some of the books I have stacked on my desk.  Today, I read the copy of...... KEEP READING »

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The Year in Review 2013-14

July 15, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Before we get too much closer to the start of the school year and all the orientations, workshops, and seminars the CFT has lined up for August, I wanted to take a moment and look...... KEEP READING »

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Curricular Redesign with the CFT

July 14, 2014 — One characteristic of “the best college teachers,” according to Ken Bain (author of the book by this name and founder of the Vanderbilt CFT), is the ability to “reflect deeply on the nature of thinking within their fields“: They know what has...... KEEP READING »

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