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Teaching in a Mask

Jan. 12, 2022—Since the university has reinstituted universal masking for the spring semester, some of us will be teaching in the classroom in a mask for the first time or the first time in a while. This presents some auditory and other challenges, but there are strategies you can use to mitigate these challenges. Here are a...

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Come Work at the Center for Teaching

Dec. 21, 2021—Each year the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires a number of graduate students as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several positions...

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Highlights from the Center for Teaching 35th Anniversary Panel

Dec. 1, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director In honor of the Center for Teaching’s 35th anniversary, the CFT hosted a special anniversary panel on October 29, 2021, featuring staff and graduate student alumni of the CFT. The panelists discussed a series of questions on teaching and learning in higher education and the field of educational development. The...

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Celebrating 100 Episodes of the Leading Lines Podcast

Nov. 30, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director Five years ago, I pitched the idea of a podcast about educational technology to a group of colleagues at Vanderbilt. I had been thinking about this idea for a while, interviewing faculty and others at Vanderbilt and elsewhere who were using technology creatively and effectively to enhance student learning. I...

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Celebrating the Center for Teaching’s 35th Anniversary

Sep. 30, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching was founded in 1986. That means that we are celebrating our 35th anniversary this year! The Center for Teaching started as a small unit in the College of Arts & Science led by our founding director Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard...

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Center for Teaching 2020-21 Year-in-Review

Aug. 27, 2021—by Derek Bruff, CFT Executive Director I am excited to share the Center for Teaching’s 2020-21 Year-in-Review, now available as a PDF on our website. When higher education pivoted to remote and online instruction in the face of COVID-19, the Vanderbilt teaching community faced the herculean task of fostering student learning during a pandemic. They...

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Making the Most of In-Class Reading Days

Dec. 8, 2020—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Last week, the university approved four “in-class reading days” for the spring 2021 semester: February 23-24 and April 7-8. These days in the undergraduate and graduate school schedules are meant to encourage students and instructors to practice self-care and avoid burnout during this exceptional academic year. In this blog post,...

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iDesign Support for Assessments and Spring Courses

Oct. 9, 2020—A message from our partners at iDesign: Vanderbilt Faculty, We understand your teaching and learning needs are changing. iDesign is here to support you. Here are a couple of ways we can help: Assignments, Assessments, and Proctoring  iDesign is here to help you create assignments and discuss best practices for offering assessments in an online format....

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Teaching with Perusall and Social Annotation – Highlights from a Conversation

Sep. 23, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director This summer, hundreds of participants in the Center for Teaching’s Online Course Design Institute had the chance to use a social annotation tool as part of their experience in the institute. My CFT colleagues and I asked participants to read a few articles about online teaching and annotate them collaboratively, first...

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Teaching in a Hybrid Classroom – What’s Working, What’s Not

Sep. 11, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director For some instructors, the classroom looks very different this fall. Some of their students are in the classroom, but masked and physically distanced. Some of their students are participating remotely during class via Zoom. Prior to this fall, no one had taught in these conditions. The Center for Teaching staff put...

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