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Episode 22 – Teaching First-Year Students (Part 2)

Posted by on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in Podcast.


In this episode, we feature a panel discussion with Susan Kevra, Senior Lecturer, French; Adam List, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry; and Doug Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions.

“Will this be on the test?” is, perhaps, a common question from first-year students, but why is it so common? Students who assume their job is to memorize course material and regurgitate it on exams are going to want to know what to memorize, of course. What leads students to have this belief about learning? And what do we do to contribute to this belief? If we want to help our first-year students move beyond memorization to deeper learning, how should we approach teaching them? What kind of “deep learning” are first-year students capable of achieving? And how does Vanderbilt Admissions identify prospective students who possess the kind of intellectual curiosity faculty appreciate? These and other, related questions will be discussed in panelist remarks and roundtable discussion.

Episode 22 – Teaching First-Year Students (Part 2)
[MP3, 40 min 41 sec]

For more perspectives on this topic, visit our guide to teaching first-year students, which includes a summary of the discussion that followed the panelist remarks.

Panelist Webpages:

  • Susan Kevra, Senior Lecturer, French
  • Doug Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions
  • Please take a minute or two to leave a comment here and share your thoughts about teaching first-year students. Vanderbilt instructors are also welcome to call the Center for Teaching at 615-322-7290 to arrange a meeting with a CFT teaching consultant. We’re glad to help you reflect on and explore the various choices you make as a teacher and to connect you with resources you’ll find useful as you design, implement, and assess learning experiences for your students.

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