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BOLD Fellow presents at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

  By Dani Picard, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Samantha Tramontano, a graduate student in Earth & Environmental Science and CFT BOLD Fellow, presentedher research on online instructional materials at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, which took place in San Francisco in December. Samantha developed videos and online quizzes to help undergraduate geology students develop microscopy…

Posted on March 17, 2016 in News, , , ,


Dr. Robbie Melton and The Rise of The Internet of Things

The Emergence of The Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Connected Devices and EduGadgets for Real-Time On-Demand Transformation of Education Dr. Robbie Melton,is Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization and Emerging Technology at the Tennessee Board of Regents, is speaking at Vanderbilt on the future of Internet of Things Smart Technologies (EduGadgets). This hands-on showcase will highlight…

Posted on March 15, 2016 in Events,


Blackboard Drop-in Sessions to Feature Grade Center

Blackboard support continues to offer email, phone, and one-on-one consultations, or Blackboard users can take advantage of our library of on-demand resources. Drop-in support hours continue to be offered Mondays from 1-3pm. If you missed our January sessions, we discussed grade column organization and inline grading. February spotlight topics are listed below, however you should feel free to bring your own questions and…

Posted on March 10, 2016 in Events, ,


“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute, May 9-11

The CFT invites faculty members to apply to its new Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 9-11, 2016), participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. Research by first- and second-year undergraduates conducted within a…

Posted on March 8, 2016 in Events, , , ,


From the Stacks…

Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators Margot Soven, editor This book focuses on the learning community model that is the most flexible to implement in terms of scheduling, teacher collaboration, and design: the linked course. This volume covers both “linked courses” in which faculty may work to…

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Library,


Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Abby Parish

Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Abby Parish, Nursing, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. I teach in Vanderbilt’s graduate nursing program, instructing students who are Registered Nurses who are studying to become primary care nurse practitioners. I coordinate pharamacology, clinical pracitica, and mental…

Posted on February 11, 2016 in News, ,


Crafting Teaching Statements Workshop for Graduate Student & Postdocs

In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. Date: Wednesday, February 10th Time: 4:15-5:45pm Location: Center for…

Posted on February 8, 2016 in Events, , ,


Blackboard Drop-in Sessions to Feature Grade Center

Blackboard support continues to offer email, phone, and one-on-one consultations, or Blackboard users can take advantage of our library of on-demand resources. Drop-in support hours continue to be offered Mondays from 1-3pm. If you missed our January sessions, we discussed grade column organization and inline grading. February spotlight topics are listed below, however you should…

Posted on February 5, 2016 in News, ,


Grad Students, Come Work at the CFT!

Each year the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires a number of graduate students as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several types…

Posted on February 4, 2016 in News, , , , ,


From the Stacks…

Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology  by Michelle D. Miller This book offers faculty a concise, nontechnical guide for those who seek to advance learning in this swiftly changing technological landscape. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, the author explores how attention, memory and higher thought processes can be enhanced through…

Posted on January 29, 2016 in Library, ,