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Teaching Workshops to Help You Prepare for Fall Courses

Posted by on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Events.

During the week before classes begin, the CFT will be offering the following workshops for new and returning faculty:

Flipping the Classroom
Monday, August 19th 11:30-1:00 (lunch provided)
Location: CFT Workshop Space
Facilitator: Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director

With a new semester starting, it’s a good time to think about ways to ensure that your students are engaged and learning the things you want them to learn. A great way to do this is by “flipping the classroom,” an approach that has been popularized by high profile publications in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Science. In essence, “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class and then use class time to do the harder work of applying that knowledge to problems, debates, or case studies. This workshop will highlight key elements of the flipped classroom, introduce different methods for establishing those elements, and provide opportunity for teachers to discuss their ideas for or experience with flipping the classroom.

Creating Engaging Discussions
Monday, August 19th 11:30-1:00 (lunch provided)
Location: CFT Conference Room
Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director

One of the defining yet most elusive goals of good teaching is to engage students in productive and engaging discussions. To lead discussions effectively requires more than just knowledge of course content, but a wide array of abilities that include planning, emotional sensitivity, rapport-building, thoughtful questioning, dialogue management, appropriate interventions, thoughtful questioning, and many others. Developing these abilities and balancing them creatively in the classroom makes discussion leading a complex and challenging task. This interactive workshop will engage participants in dialogue about effective discussion-leading strategies with guidance from the literature on teaching and learning in higher education.

Teaching With Blogs
Tuesday, August 20th 11:30-1:00 (lunch provided)
Location: Stevenson Center Computer Lab 2200
Facilitator: Rhett McDaniel, CFT Educational Technologist

As digital writing becomes more commonplace in Vanderbilt courses, you may want to think about adding a blog to your course activities. If you have been considering blogging in your course but are not sure how to get started with it, this session will help you consider what skills you may need to learn and how to set up your WordPress blog account. You will also discover some ideas and tips on making your blogging experience a success for you and your students.

If you’d like to explore blogging before the session, watch this three-minute video, “Blogs in Plain English” or visit Course Blogs at Vanderbilt, a mash-up of live feeds representing a wide variety of Vanderbilt courses that use blogging to help students reflect on, comment about, and introduce new ideas to course material. REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT


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