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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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Teaching with Digital Timelines

Jun. 28, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director This year the Center for Teaching hosted a few educational technology working groups for faculty, staff, and students interested in exploring ways particular technologies might meet their instructional goals. One of the groups investigated the use of digital timeline tools, like Tiki-Toki and TimelineJS, that facilitate the creation of online,...

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Campus Invited to Course Management System Vendor Demos in April

Apr. 11, 2016—The Center for Teaching invites Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students to a series of product demonstrations by the three vendors under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next course management system (CMS). The demonstrations, along with feedback from those who attend them, will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or...

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Making Course Evaluations More Meaningful

Apr. 11, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Course evaluations for spring semester courses begin today. When I served on the Provost’s Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching a couple of years ago, I found that instructors commonly face two challenges when it comes to course evaluations: motivating students to complete them (and thus increasing response rates) and...

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New Blackboard Course Availability and Deletion Policy

Apr. 6, 2016—The Center for Teaching, as the administrative home for Blackboard, is announcing a new Course Availability and Deletion Policy for Blackboard.  This policy, recommended by Vanderbilt’s Blackboard implementation team and approved by the Blackboard Faculty Advisory Committee, is intended to reduce the amount of storage space Vanderbilt purchases annually from Blackboard, while also allowing most...

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Digital Timelines, a Conversation on Digital Pedagogy, April 4th

Mar. 24, 2016—Digital Timelines Monday, April 4, 2016 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided) Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Register Here Remember those timelines you saw in your history textbook back in middle school? Today’s digital timelines do far more than present a static, linear progression of dates and names. Online, interactive timelines support visually...

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