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CFT Opens New Digital Media Lab to Support Faculty

Sep. 20, 2021—The Digital Media Lab in the Digital Commons building at 1101 19th Avenue South provides guidance, instruction, and resources to all faculty, regardless of technology experience, who want to create and use digital media in their teaching. The digital media specialists at the DML can help faculty learn about video production, audio production, graphic design, and web design....

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Course improvement grant spotlight: “Incorporating student feedback in introductory biology to increase learners’ sense of belonging”

Sep. 16, 2021—Jessica Gilpin, senior lecturer in biological sciences, recently told us about her Course Improvement Grant project, “Incorporating student feedback in introductory biology to increase learners’ sense of belonging.”   Can you tell us briefly about your project and what inspired you to do this project? As you know, the title of my project is, “Incorporating...

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Spotlight Event: Teaching with Wikipedia

Sep. 16, 2021—Wikipedia is home to over 55 million articles. The website is a valuable source for information, but it also has systematic knowledge gaps, as well as biases toward historically privileged perspectives. Vanderbilt political scientists Brooke Ackerly and Kristin Michelitch have been working to correct these gaps and biases by engaging their students as Wikipedia contributors. Students are, in...

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From the Executive Director

Sep. 14, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching Vanderbilt’s return to the classroom this fall isn’t going exactly as we might have predicted or hoped back in June, given the changing conditions of the pandemic. However, between Vanderbilt instructors’ experience with adaptive teaching last year and an impressively high vaccination rate for the Vanderbilt...

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Lessons from a Journal Club Blog Series

Sep. 13, 2021—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 I tried this semester — did it work?!”...

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Upcoming Workshop: Group Work That Works

Aug. 20, 2021—Date: Tuesday, August 24th Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm Facilitator: Ransford Pinto, CFT assistant director   Group work is an effective teaching approach that enhances student learning and encourages critical thinking and decision-making skills. In this workshop, we will explore strategies and leverage some lessons learned from last year to foster better group work during our in-person classes. REGISTER (A...

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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching in Stereo – Strategies for Class Participation

Aug. 20, 2021—  Date: Tuesday, August 24th Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Location: CFT Classroom or Zoom Facilitator: Derek Bruff, CFT director   Zoom classes showed us that having students participate using their voices isn’t the only meaningful kind of participation. How can we take a more inclusive, accessible approach to class participation once we’re back in the classroom? Join us in...

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Upcoming Workshop: Inclusive Teaching

Aug. 19, 2021—Date: Monday, August 23rd Time: 9:00 -10:30am Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT assistant director This workshop provides an introduction to some of the foundational principles and practices of inclusive teaching.  Inclusive teaching is that which supports all students in their efforts to find greater belonging, equity, and trust in a course’s learning community.  Inclusive teaching is predicated upon thinking through...

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Digital Media Lab Open House

Aug. 19, 2021—Date: Monday, August 23rd Time: 1:00-3:00pm Location: Digital Commons, 1101 19th Ave. South, Room 012 Facilitators: Rhett McDaniel, CFT assistant director Tracye Davis, digital media specialist Seth Shepherd, digital media specialist Visit the CFT’s new Digital Media Lab located in the Digital Commons. This new facility provides instructors with the software, equipment, environment, and instructional staff needed to...

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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching for Wellbeing

Aug. 13, 2021—Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 Facilitators: Julaine Fowlin, CFT assistant director and Stacy Simplican, Senior Lecturer, Gender and Sexuality Studies Wellbeing is not the absence of challenges, but being equipped with internal and external resources to cope. The return to campus may bring new challenges. In this workshop, we will give an overview of...

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