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August Events at the CFT

We have developed a number of workshops about various
technologies and strategies to help you prepare to transition
back to the classroom.


The Flipped Classroom

Date: Wednesday, August 11th
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Facilitator: Cynthia Brame, CFT associate director
Panelists:

  • Chris Candelaria, Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
  • Lars Plate, Biological Sciences and Chemistry
  • Heeryoon Shin, History of Art

Faculty panelists share lessons from pandemic teaching that will shape how they have students prepare for class and what they have them do in class this fall.

REGISTER (A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.)

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


Teaching with Top Hat

Date: Thursday, August 12th
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Rhett McDaniel, CFT assistant director
Guest Faculty: Jesse Blocher, associate professor of the practice of data science and finance

In this session you’ll hear about Top Hat, Vanderbilt’s student polling application. Top Hat allows you to ask multiple question types, receive responses, and generate discussions with real-time feedback and gradebook integration with Brightspace. Learn how you can use live polling to gauge student understanding during class and how both you and your students can better prepare for upcoming class meetings by using Top Hat’s asynchronous capabilities.

Jesse Blocher, associate professor of the practice of data science and finance at the Owen graduate school of management will share with the group some of the ways he has successfully used Top Hat for his classes.

REGISTER (A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.)

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


Teaching for Wellbeing

Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:30
Facilitators: Julaine Fowlin, CFT assistant director and Stacy Simplican, Senior Lecturer, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Wellbeing is not the absence of challenges, but being equipped with internal and external resources to cope. The return to campus may bring new challenges. In this workshop, we will give an overview of wellbeing and the relationship to teaching and learning. Participants will apply the new definition to their courses and actively brainstorm ways to enhance the wellbeing for themselves and students. We hope participants will leave inspired and empowered as we return to campus. Questions? Contact Julaine Fowlin

REGISTER (A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.)

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


Digital Media Lab Open House

Date: Monday, August 23rd
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Digital Commons, 1101 19th Ave. South, Room 012
Facilitators:

  • Rhett McDaniel, CFT assistant director
  • Tracye Davis, digital media specialist
  • Seth Shepherd, digital media specialist

Visit the CFT’s new Digital Media Lab located in the Digital Commons. This new facility provides instructors with the software, equipment, environment, and instructional staff needed to help you learn how to create high-quality resources for your courses.

Bring with you any ideas for media elements you’ve been considering adding to your course materials and we will help identify the equipment and skills you’ll need to learn to make it happen.

No registration is required, but adding your name to this Google form will help us know how many visitors to expect.

Open to Vanderbilt Instructors


Inclusive Teaching

Date: Monday, August 23rd
Time: 9:00 -10:30am
Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT assistant director

This workshop provides an introduction to some of the foundational principles and practices of inclusive teaching.  Inclusive teaching is that which supports all students in their efforts to find greater belonging, equity, and trust in a course’s learning community.  Inclusive teaching is predicated upon thinking through the barriers to inclusion as they affect our teaching and what may be done to overcome them.  Using case vignettes, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore practices of inclusive teaching that can improve their courses by engaging wider range of voices and viewpoints, by creating greater accessibility in activities and assessments, by supporting classroom civility and productive conflict, and by fostering a culture of collaboration and empowerment with students that encourages deep learning and critical thought.

REGISTER (A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.)

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


Group Work That Works

Date: Tuesday, August 24th
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Facilitator: Ransford Pinto, CFT assistant director

Group work is an effective teaching approach that enhances student learning and encourages critical thinking and decision-making skills. In this workshop, we will explore strategies and leverage some lessons learned from last year to foster better group work during our in-person classes.

REGISTER (A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.)

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


Teaching in Stereo: Strategies for Class Participation

Date: Tuesday, August 24th
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: CFT Classroom or Zoom
Facilitator: Derek Bruff, CFT director

Zoom classes showed us that having students participate using their voices isn’t the only meaningful kind of participation. How can we take a more inclusive, accessible approach to class participation once we’re back in the classroom? Join us in person or via Zoom to learn about principles and practices to foster student participation and engagement.

REGISTER (A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.)

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


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