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The Center for Second Language Studies to Offer Four New Working Groups

All language teachers and learners are all invited to participate in any (or all) of four CSLS working groups this year. All have initial meetings in the coming weeks.       Students as Filmmakers: Editing Tools in the Foreign Language Classroom First Meeting: Thursday, Sept 14th 3 pm Contact: Kate Schaller This working group…

Posted on September 13, 2017 in Events, ,

Junior Faculty Spotlight: Brett Byram

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Brett Byram, Biomedical Engineering, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. Ultrasound is the most used medical image method in the United States, but it’s notorious for making terrible, uninterpretable images.  Because of this a significant focus in my lab…

Posted on September 12, 2017 in News,

CFT Thanks our Teaching Affliliates!

Kaleigh Bangor (German, Russian & East European Studies), Emma Banks (Anthropology), Todd Evans (Mechanical Engineering), Andrea Gardiner (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Kyle Godbey (Physics), Daniel Kidd (Physics), Danielle Kopke (Biological Sciences), Elleansar Okwei (Chemistry), Katie Yewell (Economics), Laine Walters Young (Divinity) Every August, the Center for Teaching offers Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO) to all new…

Posted on September 11, 2017 in News, ,

Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Classroom Response System Monday, Sept. 11th

Monday, September 11, 2-3pm If you think you might want to incorporate polling in your class, then this demo session is for you! Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat is available to faculty, students, and staff across campus. In this web-based introductory session, Kara Dingboom,…

Posted on September 5, 2017 in Events, , ,

Teaching Writing Workshop Series in September

The Vanderbilt Writing Studio is offering The Teaching Writing Workshop Series. The workshops are geared toward supporting those who teach writing across the disciplines at Vanderbilt University, and workshops are open to faculty and graduate students from all departments. Contact Megan Minarich at for details. Fostering Writing and Collaboration in the Classroom Thursday September…

Posted on August 29, 2017 in Events, News, ,

Talking to your students about Brightspace – Fall 2017

Many instructors have asked us where students will go to learn about Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. While students are always welcome to reach out for support, we put together a list of four important resources that students will find helpful as they navigate this new course management system. Instructors can feel free to share this post…

Posted on August 17, 2017 in Resource,

CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2017 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Brett Byrum (Biomedical Engineering), Christopher Caldelaria (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Teresa Dunleavy (Teaching & Learning), Nicolette Kostiw (Center for Latin American Studies), Kanah Lewallen (Nursing), Shihong Lin (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michiru Lowe (Asian Studies), Sara Mayeux (Law), Natasha McClure (Nursing), Marzia Milazzo (English), Mary Lauren Pfieffer (Nursing), Jannyse Starks (Nursing), Claudine…

Posted on August 16, 2017 in News, , ,

August Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

In these hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s new course management system, Brightspace. Bring your own laptop computer so you can explore and build content in our test course! You will learn to confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course; post, edit, and copy content for students using a variety of tools;…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in Events, ,

CFT Announces New Graduate Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Sara Beck (Psychological Sciences), Justin Hubbard (History), Kylie Korsnack (English), and AmieThurber (Human & Organizational Development) The Center for Teaching is excited to announce the Graduate Teaching Fellows for 2017-18. GTFs provide a variety of services for Vanderbilt’s graduate, post docs and professional students, including one-on-one consultations on teaching issues and professional development, syllabus and course…

Posted on August 14, 2017 in News,

Just-in-Time Teaching Conference – August 18th and 22nd

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 18th and…

Posted on August 11, 2017 in Events,