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Brightspace Support Hours for January

Jan. 9, 2018—We hope you have used the on-demand resources available on our Brightspace support site, but have you also checked out the Brightspace blog recently? In addition to important information about Vanderbilt’s course management system, the blog is where we share news and tips that will help you take advantage of all that Brightspace has to...

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Latest Podcast Episodes on Ed Tech in Higher Education

Nov. 14, 2017—In the latest episode of Leadning Lines, we talk with Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor of health policy at Vanderbilt. He discusses his interest in designing assignments for students that give them opportunities to make a different in the world outside their classroom. One of those assignments was “Health Policy Radio,” a podcast that he and his...

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Brightspace Drop-in Hours for November

Nov. 13, 2017—During drop-in hours, faculty and staff who have Brightspace-related questions can stop by the workshop space of the CFT (even without an appointment) and find a team of specialists ready to assist. * Mondays 9-11am and 2-4pm Tuesdays 9-11am Wednesdays 2-4pm Fridays 9-11am We will not be holding drop-in hours during the week of Thanksgiving, however,...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Sara Mayeux

Nov. 7, 2017—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Sara Mayeux, Law, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. Sara Mayeux I teach Constitutional Law II, which is a large, upper-level law school course focused primarily on the Fourteenth Amendment, including equal protection and due process, and individual...

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Apply to be a BOLD Fellow!

Nov. 6, 2017—Want to create innovative online learning experiences? Investigate the impact of the experience on your students’ learning and share the results with colleagues?  * The BOLD Fellows program helps graduate students from all disciplines design and develop online learning experiences, from building online learning modules to fostering online spaces for their students to interact. Each...

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Your Top Hat Questions Answered!

Nov. 5, 2017—Now that you’ve had an opportunity to use Top Hat in your class, you may have additional questions to which you’d like to get an answer. In this session, Kara Dingboom, the Vanderbilt Enterprise Account Manager, will field questions from the group, share some best practices that will help making your use of Top Hat...

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Conversation on Teaching: Student-Produced Podcasts

Nov. 3, 2017—Podcasts have been around since the early 2000s, but the medium has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, thanks to increasing smart phone adoption and to very popular podcasts like Serial and Radiolab. Educational uses of podcasts are growing, as well. Some instructors create podcasts for use in their courses, others assign podcasts as “texts”...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Jannyse Starks

Oct. 30, 2017—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Jannyse Starks talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. I teach in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s (VUSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Through the FNP program, we prepare registered nurses to provide comprehensive primary care to individuals across...

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Celebration of Learning: An Exhibition of Students as Producers

Oct. 25, 2017—On Monday, January 29th, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature posters, presentations, and performances by students from all over campus, sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered. The event will provide the Vanderbilt community with a picture of immersive...

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Microaggressions in the Classroom

Oct. 23, 2017—When teaching, it is almost guaranteed that microaggressions will take place. These seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression can deleteriously effect the teaching-learning environment, our students, and ourselves. As common as microaggressions are, it is equally common that educators are at times unsure of the best way to intervene, particularly in ways that maintain...

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