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Reflecting on Teaching: What? For Whom? Why?

Jun. 21, 2018—Often, the motivation to improve one’s teaching by revising practices or experimenting with new initiatives stems from reflection.  This reflection often focuses on feedback received from others, such as student evaluations or peer reviews.  Reflection further involves one’s own assessment of experiences, through self-observation and activities that foster self-analysis such as teaching workshops or individual...

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From the CFT Stacks

Jun. 20, 2018—The Power of Integrated Learning by William M. Sullivan This book makes a case for an approach that combines the strengths of liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility in order to give students the combination of skills and experience that will prepare them for success in all aspects of life after graduation. The author...

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Workshop Collaboration Leads to New CFT Teaching Guide: Developing and Writing a Diversity Statement

Jun. 18, 2018—In April, The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching partnered with The Office of Inclusive Excellence and The Office for Career Development at The Graduate School to provide an introductory workshop on developing a written diversity statement. The session was facilitated by Graduate Teaching Fellow Sara Beck and CFT Assistant Director Joe Bandy and featured a Q&A...

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Natasha Casey and Spencer Brayton featured in Leading Lines Ed Tech Podcast

Jun. 14, 2018—In this episode, the newest member of the Leading Lines team, Melissa Mallon, brings us an interview about teaching critical media literacy. The interview features Natasha Casey, a communications professor at Blackburn College in Illinois, and Spencer Brayton, library manager at Waubonsee Community College, also in Illinois. While Brayton was at Blackburn College, he and...

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From the Director

Jun. 13, 2018—It finally feels like summer here at the CFT. We’re open all summer, but the pace is slower than the academic year, with more time for writing and reflection, planning and preparing. We’re looking ahead to the coming year and, in fact, to the next five years, as we engage in listening sessions around campus...

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Preferred Pronouns on Brightspace

Jun. 11, 2018—As part of Vanderbilt’s ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for learning, Brightspace now provides students, faculty, and staff the option to indicate their preferred pronouns in their user profiles. Brightspace user profiles are visible to anyone who shares a course with a particular user, including students, instructors, teaching assistants, librarians,...

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Leading Lines Ed Tech podcast features Stacey Roshan

May. 22, 2018—In this episode, we’re going in a slightly different direction. Since we’re here to explore the future of educational technology in higher education, we thought it would be interesting to talk with someone who is currently teaching our future students. Stacey Roshan teaches at the Bullis School, an independent K12 school outside of Washington, DC,...

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