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What makes group work work?

by Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director We’ve all been there: victims of unproductive and frustrating group work. Perhaps an instructor poses a question, tells us to turn to our neighbor and discuss it, and we all sit silently…because the answer’s obvious and there’s nothing to discuss. Or perhaps we have an end-of-semester project to develop,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 in News, Resource | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Making the most out of educational videos

by Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Assistant Director Faculty Focus recently released the results of a survey on the flipped classroom, reporting that approximately three quarters of the >1000 respondents had tried flipping the classroom—and that most of them (>60%) found the experience positive for themselves and their students. While about three-fourths of the respondents found...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 in News, Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Three things I learned while writing about test-enhanced learning

By Rachel Biel, CFT undergraduate intern I recently had the privilege of coauthoring an essay about the benefits of testing beyond assessment. As a student who is tested most commonly for formal assessment, the idea of testing as part of the learning process was new to me. Beyond the practical implications of incorporating more testing...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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Learning about the basics of learning

By Cynthia Brame, Ph.D., CFT Assistant Director Last September, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine suggesting that pre-testing could improve subsequent student learning. The article was based on work by Elizabeth Ligon Bjork and colleagues, and indicated that pre-testing could help students avoid the “fluency fallacy” and might alert them to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Fall Blackboard News: New Features, New Support

As the new administrative home for Blackboard, the Center for Teaching (CFT) is excited to announce a number of developments for Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, all part of Vanderbilt’s strategic investment in the use of technology to support student learning. New Features A number of platform upgrades were rolled out this summer providing new...... KEEP READING

Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Announcing the New Teaching Affiliates for 2015

This year’s Teaching Affiliates are, left to right, Jennifer Bradham (Earth Science), Kristen Droege (Chemistry), Kelley Frances Fenelon (Human and Organizational Development), Tim Foster (Spanish),  Allison McGrath (Sociology), Kirsten Mendoza (English), Mike Moody (Economics), Matt Thompson (Chemical Engineering). The Center for Teaching is excited to announce the Teaching Affiliates for 2015. Teaching Affiliates create and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2015 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

This year’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows are, left to right, Gabriel Briggs (English), Courtney Cook (Nursing), Larisa DeSantis (Earth and Environmental Science), David Diehl (Human and Organizational Development), Anita Disney (Psychology), Ravindra Duddu (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Melissa Glassford (Nursing), Karen Hande (Nursing), David Laird (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Abby Parish (Nursing), Anna Richmond (Nursing),...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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New CFT Working Group Will Focus on Online, Collaborative Timelines

The CFT is putting together a working group for instructors interested in having students build online, collaborative timelines. Tools like Tiki-Toki and TimelineJS can be used to create interactive, multimedia timelines that can be shared and analyzed. If this sounds like a potentially useful assignment for one of your courses, or if you have experience...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Peer review of teaching with a helping hand from the CFT

by Cynthia Brame, Assistant Director  Peer review is a cornerstone of the way that academics build new knowledge, helping to ensure high quality research that moves fields forward. Peer review of teaching can be a valuable tool for much the same reasons it is valuable for research. It can help departments and individuals reflect on...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in News, Resource | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Teaching Workshops to Help You Prepare for Fall Courses

During the week classes begin, the CFT will be offering the following workshops for new and returning faculty: Teaching Inclusively to Diverse Groups Date: Monday, August 24 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: Center for Teaching Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Audience: New and Returning Faculty In our increasingly diverse classrooms, it is important to support the development...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 in Events, News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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Flipping the Classroom: Putting Principles Into Practice

Date: Tuesday, August 25 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: Center for Teaching Facilitator: Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director Audience: New and Returning Faculty The flipped classroom has captured the attention of the higher education community with its promise to help students prepare before class for more engaged, critical learning in class. The ideas behind the flipped classroom...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


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From the Stacks…

Learner Centered Teaching by Maryellen Weimer To help educators accomplish the goals of learner-centered teaching, this book presents the meaning, practice, and ramifications of the learner-centered approach, and how this approach transforms the college classroom environment. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to content...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 in Library, News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Teaching Inclusively to Diverse Groups

Date: Monday, August 24 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: Center for Teaching Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Audience: New and Returning Faculty In our increasingly diverse classrooms, it is important to support the development of every student and to structure equal opportunities for learning for all who enroll.  Unfortunately, our teaching practices may fall short in...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Mark your calendar & spread the word about upcoming August orientations

Teaching at Vanderbilt (TaV), an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt, will be held from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th, 2015, in Buttrick Hall. Those interested in attending should RSVP by August 14th by registering online or by calling the Center for Teaching at (615) 322-7290. Throughout the week following TAV Orientation...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 in Events, News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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The CFT Welcomes New Assistant Director Vivian Finch

We’re excited to welcome Vivian Finch as the CFT’s newest Assistant Director.  Vivian’s name might sound familiar—she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the CFT last year and a Teaching Affiliate before that.  Vivian is graduating this summer from Vanderbilt with a PhD in German literature, and we’re happy to have Vivian continue her work...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »