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Fall Courses Available on Brightspace

Fall courses are now available on Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. Brightspace can be used to share course resources with students, communicate with students and engage them in discussion, administer quizzes and other assignments, and provide students with feedback on their learning. Faculty are invited to prepare their courses on brightspace.vanderbilt.edu and activate them…

Posted on August 17, 2017 in News


Teaching, Difference, and Power

Teaching after Charlottesville

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director This weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, saw hateful and bigoted speech turn into deadly violence. As classes at Vanderbilt resume this month, these events will be on the minds of students and faculty returning to campus. They’re certainly on my mind. I think of my visit to the University of…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in News, , , ,


Teaching with Blogs: A Leading Lines Interview with Humberto Garcia

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m happy to announce the start of Season 3 of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology co-produced by the Center for Teaching. Our new season launches with an interview with Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. I met Humberto several years ago…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in News, , , , ,


Top Hat Selected as Vanderbilt’s Classroom Response System

The Center for Teaching is glad to announce that the classroom response system Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and staff across campus starting July 2017.  Instructors teaching with “clickers” are invited to consider Top Hat for in-class student polling. Classroom response systems are educational technologies that allow instructors to rapidly collect and…

Posted on May 23, 2017 in News


Brightspace Launched as Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

The Center for Teaching is excited to announce that Brightspace is now available for instructors planning their summer and fall courses.  Brightspace will replace Blackboard as Vanderbilt’s course management system starting this summer.  The new platform has a modern, responsive design and a number of features that faculty and students will find useful, including drag-and-drop…

Posted on April 17, 2017 in News,


From the Director: A New Course Management System

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Happy New Year! We have another busy semester coming up at the Center for Teaching, as you can tell from our latest newsletter. Perhaps the biggest news is that the Center for Teaching will help Vanderbilt launch Brightspace as its primary course management system in summer 2017.  Brightspace will replace…

Posted on January 9, 2017 in News,


Leading Lines Season 1

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The tenth episode of our educational technology podcast, Leading Lines, was released today. It features an interview by my colleague Cliff Anderson, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, with my other colleague Steve Baskauf, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences. They discuss linked data, the semantic web, and two really…

Posted on December 19, 2016 in News, , ,


Teaching in Response to the Election

by Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Before and certainly after Tuesday’s election, there has been much discussion in higher education about the incivilities and conflicts of this electoral season, and the potential impacts they are having on our students, particularly those students who are least represented on our campuses and most vulnerable to trauma.  Many…

Posted on November 10, 2016 in Resource, , ,


Leading Lines Episode 7: Video Games, History, and Students as Producers

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director In our latest Leading Lines episode, we feature an interview with Vanderbilt’s Lynn Ramey, associate professor of French. Lynn is the author of multiple books and essays, including most recently Black Legacies: ‘Race’ and the European Middle Ages.  Lynn is currently engaged in several ambitious digital projects exploring the use…

Posted on November 7, 2016 in News


Consultations for University Courses and TIPs Proposals

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The Office of the Provost has issued a call for proposals for Trans-Institutional Programs and University Courses for 2017-2018. TIPs pre-proposals are due November 28th, and University Course proposals are due December 12th. If you’re a faculty member thinking about a submission to either program, feel free to reach out…

Posted on November 1, 2016 in News, ,