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Leading Lines Episode 5: Digital Textbooks and Language Instruction

Oct. 3, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director In our latest Leading Lines episode, we feature an interview with Lee Forester, Professor of German at Hope College, and Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. The CFT’s Stacey M. Johnson, Assistant Director for Educational Technology, sat down with Forester and VanPatten at...

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Leading Lines Episode 4: Jeff Rice, University of Kentucky

Sep. 19, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Our latest episode of Leading Lines is out today. In this episode, we feature an interview with Jeff Rice, inaugural chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies (WRD) at the University of Kentucky.  Rice also holds the Martha B. Reynolds Chair in Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies,...

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Evidence-Based STEM Teaching: Free Online Courses Launch September 19th

Sep. 1, 2016—The Center for Teaching, in collaboration with colleagues from several other universities, is offering two free online courses on evidence-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching this fall. Both courses launch on Monday, September 19th, with course materials available in preview mode on September 15th. If you are a current or future STEM faculty...

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New and Continuing Learning Communities at the CFT

Aug. 16, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The CFT 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 and Social Class – The CFT continues its attention to issues...

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Call for Proposals: Senior Faculty Fellows at the CFT

Aug. 15, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to announce a new opportunity for faculty at the Center for Teaching.  This fall we’re launching a Senior Faculty Fellows program, designed to support faculty as they help build a strong teaching culture here at Vanderbilt.  If you’re interested in working with colleagues and with the CFT to...

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Leading Lines Episode 2: Corbette Doyle, Vanderbilt University

Aug. 15, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to share the second episode of our new educational technology podcast, Leading Lines. When my colleagues and I started brainstorming ideas for a new educational technology podcast, we knew we wanted to include Vanderbilt instructors who use technology in innovative ways.  We talk to colleagues regularly who impress...

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Leading Lines: A New Podcast on Educational Technology in Higher Education

Aug. 1, 2016—By Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m very happy to announce the launch of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology produced here at Vanderbilt University.  Our first episode features an interview with George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, who provides...

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Center for Teaching Year in Review 2015-16

Jul. 28, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The fall semester is right around the corner, which makes this a good time to look back at the academic year we’ve just completed. I’m happy to share the CFT’s 2015-2016 Annual Report which gives a sense of the reach and impact of our work here at Vanderbilt and beyond....

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Just-in-Time Teaching Conference – August 22nd and 23rd

Jul. 18, 2016—It’s never too late to make a good decision, right?  Although planning fall courses starts long before the start of classes, we recognize that many instructors are still making course design and implementation decisions right up to the wire.  That’s why we’re offering a variety of teaching workshops for Vanderbilt instructors on August 22nd and...

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Summer Course Management System Pilots

Jul. 11, 2016—This summer, the Center for Teaching is facilitating pilots of three platforms under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next course management system (CMS). The platforms are Canvas by Instructure, Brightspace by D2L, and Blackboard Ultra by Blackboard. In April, the CFT hosted campus visits and public demos by all three vendors. Given feedback on the demos, the...

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