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These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching.
Teaching Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, large group discussion, small group activities, and times for individual reflection.
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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 their attempts to do this, particularly for underrepresented or more marginal student groups who may face difficulties finding belonging.  Based on existing research and the experiences of Vanderbilt faculty, this workshop will discuss common challenges to inclusive teaching and strategies for creating more dynamic, participatory, and diverse learning environments.  Particular attention will be given to discussion leading and leveraging student differences for more engaged and productive learning. Lunch provided for registered participants.

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Intro to Blackboard

Date: Monday, August 24
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Stevenson Center, Room 2200 See map
Facilitator: Stacey Johnson, CFT Assistant Director for Educational Technology
Audience: Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors

Intro to Blackboard is a workshop for instructors new to the Blackboard course management system, or for those who have been away for a while and need a refresher. Blackboard, formerly “OAK”, can be useful tool in managing your courses and enhancing student learning. This workshop will introduce Blackboard’s most commonly used features, including a few new ones that have been added this year like rubrics and integrated SafeAssign. Participants will explore how to create assignments and discussion boards, how to post and interact with course materials, and how to manage the grade center. This hands-on session will take place in a computer lab, but feel free to bring your own laptop if you prefer.

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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 are relatively simple; the challenge is in putting the key principles into practice. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the key ideas behind the flipped classroom identified in a brief pre-workshop reading and will draft plans for their own flipped class session. Participants will come away with initial plans for a flipped class session, identification of next steps to take, and resources for further exploration. Lunch provided to registered participants.

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Hands-on PowerPoint Clinic

Date: Tuesday, August 25
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Stevenson Center, Room 2200 See map
Facilitator: Rhett McDaniel, CFT Educational Technologist
Audience: New and Returning Faculty

We have all experienced the pain of a bad PowerPoint presentation. And even though we promise ourselves never to make the same mistakes, we can still fall prey to similar PowerPoint traps.  The good news is that your PowerPoint presentation doesn’t have to be boring. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn about importing and adjusting photos, adding audio and video, creating appropriate slide transitions and animations, as well as strategies for displaying content. Come learn how to keep your PowerPoint slide shows visually appealing and interesting and make your classroom presentations stand above the crowd! 

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