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Student-Produced Podcasts: A Conversation on Digital Pedagogy, November 7th

Podcasts have been around since the early 2000s, but the medium has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, thanks to increasing smart phone adoption and to very popular podcasts like Serial and Radiolab. Educational uses of podcasts are growing, as well. Some instructors create podcasts for use in their courses, others assign podcasts as “texts”…

Posted on October 3, 2017 in Events, , ,


Mid-Semester Student Feedback

The feedback students provide about your teaching on their end-of-semester course evaluations can be valuable in helping you improve and refine your teaching.  Soliciting mid-semester student feedback has the additional benefit of allowing you to hear your students’ concerns while there is still time in the semester to make appropriate changes.  A Small Group Analysis…

Posted on September 26, 2017 in News,


September 5-6: The Open Classroom, Two Days of Teaching Visits

The Center for Teaching will host “The Open Classroom: Two Days of Teaching Visits” Sept. 5 and 6. This program will showcase examples of best teaching practices featuring talented faculty from across the university. During the event, faculty hosts will open their classrooms to registered faculty and graduate student visitors. These visitors will attend their choice…

Posted on August 22, 2017 in Events,


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, Podcast, , , , ,


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, , ,