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Creating Art in an Inclusive Classroom Environment

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern There’s a new piece of art hanging in the Center for Teaching: a quilt made by Nila Huddleston, a Next Steps student who took Alex Sargent’s costume design course last semester. While the quilting portion was a collaborative effort among the whole class, Nila did all of the design…

Posted on April 27, 2017 in News


“Refreshing and Rethinking Course Goals”: Two Educators Share Their Experiences With the CFT’s Course Design Institute

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern This spring, the CFT will once again offer the Course Design Institute (CDI). In this three-day program, running May 8-10, participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The Institute focuses on the theme of “Students as Producers,” the idea of…

Posted on March 27, 2017 in News, ,


Students as Producers: The Course Design Institute at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern The CFT’s Course Design Institute (CDI) is a three-day program at the end of the spring semester (May 8-10, 2017) in which participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The institute is centered on the idea of “Students as Producers,” an…

Posted on February 1, 2017 in News, , , ,


Learning Communities Provide Ongoing Support for Educators

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern The Center for Teaching hosts a number of learning communities, groups designed for faculty who are interesting in meeting on a regular basis to discuss the craft of teaching and the specific challenges that come with different types of learning environments. I spoke with Dr. Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant…

Posted on January 11, 2017 in News


DIVE: Bringing Design Thinking to Vanderbilt Undergraduates

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, students will have the opportunity to participate in Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience (DIVE). The program will teach students human-centered design skills, which the students will use to solve problems at Vanderbilt and in the larger Nashville community in a year-long immersive…

Posted on November 14, 2016 in News, ,