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Course improvement grant spotlight: “Restoration and rehabilitation of Vanderbilt fossil teaching collection”

Sep. 2, 2021—Neil Kelley, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, recently talked to CFT associate director Cynthia Brame about his Course Improvement Grant, “Restoration and rehabilitation of Vanderbilt fossil teaching collection.” Can you tell us briefly about your project and what inspired you to do this project? The project is a very long overdue project in...

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Lessons from a Journal Club: Investigating Student Learning – Post 3: Reasons for doing systematic inquiry and final reflections

Sep. 1, 2021—by Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow   Welcome to the final post in this series on systematic inquiry in teaching and learning contexts. This spring, Cynthia Brame and I facilitated a journal club looking at different ways to investigate student learning. In this blog series, I’m sharing some highlights of our collective learning,...

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One of these things was not like the others: Experiences with standards- and specifications-based grading

Aug. 30, 2021—This guest blog post comes from Richard F. Haglund, Stevenson Professor of Physics.   The following comments are reflections after a year of fruitful dialogue with colleagues in an on-line learning community sponsored by the Center for Teaching, organized and led by Cynthia Brame. What I experienced about grading in 2020-2021 is a significant difference...

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Lessons from a Journal Club: Investigating Student Learning – Post 2: Affective/Cognitive Inquiry and Qualitative/quantitative approaches

Aug. 25, 2021—by Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow   Assessment of student learning is an essential practice in teaching. As mentioned in the first post in this blog series, asking questions and collecting data about our classes systematically can deepen our knowledge of student experience in our classrooms, and hopefully lead to improved teaching practices. ...

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Lessons from a Journal Club: Investigating Student Learning – Post 1: What is vs. what works?

Aug. 18, 2021—by Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow   Assessment of student learning is a familiar and essential component of teaching.  As college instructors, we constantly ask ourselves questions like: “Are my students learning?” “What do they still not understand?” “Do students feel they can approach me with questions or concerns?”or, “That cool new thing...

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CFT Proudly Welcomes the 
New Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows

Jul. 22, 2021—L to R: Michael Byrne (Medicine), Maria Sayil Camacho (Leadership, Policy and Organizations), Elizabeth Cizmar (Theatre), Thomas Clements (Biological Sciences), Romina Del Bosque (Biomedical Engineering), Janelle Delle (Nursing), Seok Bae Jang (Asian Studies), Melinda Johnson (Nursing), Antonia Kaczkurkin (Psychology), Hannah Kestner (Nursing),Colleen Moss (Nursing), Piran Kidambi (Biomolecular Engineering), Autumn Kujawa (Psychology and Human Development), Michelle...

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The CFT Thanks Our Graduate Teaching Fellows!

Jun. 23, 2021—L to R:  Abena Boakyewa-Ansah (History), Amanda Brockman (Sociology), Leah Roberts (Human & Organizational Development), and Mohammad Meerzaei (Religion) We want to thank our 2020-2021 Graduate Teaching Fellows for their leadership, commitment to teaching values, and completing their 12 months fellowship. As we faced an unprecedented year with new teaching challenges, our incredible Fellows created various resources and...

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CFT Celebrates Certificate in College Teaching Graduates

Jun. 22, 2021—Congratulations to all the 54 graduate students and postdocs who completed the Certificate in College Teaching this spring! The Certificate in College Teaching (CiCT), co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, prepares Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs who wish to develop and refine their teaching skills. The certificate focuses on the research...

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Online Teaching Learning Community

Jun. 21, 2021—Even before the campus-wide move to online and remote teaching last year, the online teaching group was meeting regularly to explore challenges and opportunities. The Course Development Resources site (CDR), which has grown out of the work of this group over the last two years, is a self-paced guide to designing, building, teaching, or maintaining great courses...

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Learning Community Focusing on the Needs of LGBTQI+ Students

Jun. 18, 2021—This year, the CFT and the KC Potter Center for LGBTQI Life hosted a learning community on ways faculty can better support the needs of LGBTQI+ students.  Over twenty participants met throughout the year to explore LGBTQI+ student’s experiences inside and outside the classroom, to discuss scholarly literature on strategies for inclusion, and techniques of...

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