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Junior Faculty Spotlights: Brittany Haskell and Denis Zhernokleyev

Feb. 20, 2020—Each year, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Brittany Haskell, Nursing, and Denis Zhernokleyev, German, Russian and East European Studies, talk about some of the most useful lessons they have gotten from the Fellowship. Being a nurse educator encompasses two skillsets, knowing current nursing science and utilizing current nursing education science. The former we...

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Teaching History: A Conversation with William Caferro

Feb. 12, 2020—The Center for Teaching is honored to host a conversation with William Caferro, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of History and Interim Director of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, regarding his new book, Teaching History (Wiley Blackwell). This will be an informal and participatory dialogue for anyone interested in teaching history, with many insights from the journey William took to...

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Celebration of Learning: An Exhibition of Students as Producers

Feb. 10, 2020—This Thursday,  February 13, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature students from all over campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered. Drop in between 2 and 4pm on the second floor of Alumni Hall for a picture of deep learning across the colleges and...

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VandyVox Podcast Prepares for its Third Season!

Feb. 7, 2020—The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Vanderbilt Student Media are excited to announce that Vandy Vox will return for a third sesaon! VandyVox showcases the best of student-produced audio at Vanderbilt University. We hope that VandyVox gives listeners a sense of the creative and critical media produced by students at Vanderbilt, and that it inspires faculty and students...

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Three Upcoming Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshops

Feb. 3, 2020—Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. Date: Tuesday, February 4th Time: 12:30-2:00 pm Location: CFT...

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From the Director

Feb. 3, 2020—It’s February, which means it’s time for the CFT’s annual Celebration of Learning! This is one of my favorite events of the year, an exhibition of student projects from around campus. The CFT staff and I often help faculty take a “Students as Producers” approach to their course and assignment design, and it’s exciting to see the fruits of...

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Adobe Creative Cloud Pilot Program

Jan. 21, 2020—The Adobe pilot program is designed to help faculty incorporate digital design tools into course activities and assignments in order to deepen and enhance student learning. This “Students as Producers” approach to course and assignment design is intended to help foster critical-thinking, creative problem-solving, multimodal learning, and creative collaborations opportunities that promote digital literacy skills for their students....

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Allison Leich Hilbun

Jan. 14, 2020—Each year, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Allison Leich Hilbun, Biological Sciences, talks about some of the most useful lessons she has gotten from the Fellowship. Participation in the JFTF program has been exceedingly enlightening. I am excited about what I have learned regarding prior knowledge; although coming into...

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Celebration of Learning 2020: An Exhibition of Students as Producers

Jan. 13, 2020—On February 13, 2020, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature students from all over campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered, providing the Vanderbilt community with a picture of deep learning across the colleges and schools. We are inviting faculty...

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Faster grading for free response assignments? Yes, please!

Jan. 10, 2020—Gradescope is an online, FERPA compliant grading tool that professors can use to grade handwritten exams, typed homework assignments, lab reports and more. Gradescope works well for many types of questions: paragraphs, proofs, diagrams, fill-in-the-blank and true/false to name a few. If your students can upload a pdf of their work, you and your team...

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