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Adaptive Course Design: Preparing for Fall 2020

Jul. 1, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director We launched the fifth offering of our 2020 Online Course Design Institute earlier this week. Previous offerings of the institute included faculty and other instructors planning online summer courses, but now most of our participants are looking ahead to the coming academic year with all its uncertainties. With that shift, I...

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CFT Celebrates Certificate in College Teaching Graduates

Jun. 29, 2020—Congratulations to the all the participants who completed the Certificate in College Teaching, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, this spring! The purpose of the certificate programs is to assist graduate students and post doctoral fellows who wish to gain a clearer, deeper, more active approach to teaching and learning in higher education....

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Structures for flex classrooms: pros, cons, and pedagogical choices

Jun. 23, 2020—By Cynthia Brame, CFT Associate Director As we head into the fall thinking about classes where we may have a combination of students who are physically and digitally present, I’ve been thinking about different ways to structure students’ time “in the classroom”. The first and most straightforward of these is to divide students into groups...

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The CFT acknowledges these junior faculty who participated in the JFTF program this year!

Jun. 22, 2020—L to R: Audrey Bowden (Biomedical Engineering), Daniela D’Eugenio (French & Italian), Misty Evans (Nursing), Gautam Hans (Law), Brittany Haskell (Nursing), Allison Leich Hilbun (Biological Sciences), Clinton Leonard (Nursing), Elliott McCarter (Asian Studies), Justus Ndukaife (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Ipek Oguz (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Jennifer Ridgway (Nursing), LeTizia Smith (Nursing), Kim Steanson (Nursing), Denis Zhernokleyev (German, Russian and East European Studies) We want to thank 2019-2020 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows for a great year thinking about teaching together,...

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BOLD Fellows Celebration

Jun. 15, 2020—This May, our Blended and Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows shared their projects with the Vanderbilt community and beyond during an online celebration hosted by the Center for Teaching. BOLD Fellows develop online learning materials to address a teaching problem in a course taught at Vanderbilt and gather data about its implementation. Fellows from fields...

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Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms

Jun. 11, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director If you’ve read Norman Clark’s hypothetical day in the life of a physically distanced classroom, then you’ve probably started to worry about how faculty and other instructors might facilitate discussion, group work, and other forms of active learning this fall. If I’m standing at the front of the classroom with half...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Martin C.K. Shade: An Interactive Twine Narrative

Jun. 10, 2020—On February 13, 2020, the Center for Teaching held a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event featured students from all over campus sharing what they learned, created, designed, and discovered. Martin C.K. Shade is an interactive narrative (IF) Dylan Kistler built in the free program known as Twine. It seeks to blend narratorial and procedural...

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