Be part of one of the new or continuing learning communities at the CFT
The Center for Teaching hosts a number of learning communities, intended for members of Vanderbilt’s teaching community interested in meeting over time to develop deeper understandings and richer practices around particular teaching and learning topics. This year’s learning communities are:
Teaching, Difference, and Power: Empowering International Students and Faculty
The learning community will be open to both faculty and graduate students and will meet several times throughout the academic year.
Teaching Digital Literacies
- How can we help students become more critical consumers of information on social media?
- How can we design authentic, multimodal assignments that prepare students to communicate effectively online?
- How can we encourage students to engage in civil and productive dialogue in digital environments?
- How can we collaborate with others to teach students skills we ourselves are still learning?
Active learning approaches improve students’ learning and have been shown to reduce disparities between different student subgroups. This leaning community will explore the principles behind effective active learning and will work together to develop individualized approaches for participants’ courses.
Teaching Design Thinking
Design thinking, also called human-centered design, is an approach to creative problem solving useful in a wide variety of contexts. The learning community will be particularly useful for faculty and staff working with students in curricular or co-curricular contexts as part of Vanderbilt’s DIVE (Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience) initiative, but all members of the Vanderbilt community interested in teaching design thinking are welcome to participate.