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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...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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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...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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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...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 in Library | Tags: , No Comments »


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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit 2/4/16 with Brooke Ackerly, Associate Professor of Political Science & Philosophy

Brooke Ackerly, Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy POLSCI 3253: Ethics and Public Policy Brooke Ackerly, Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, has wide ranging research interests in democratic theory, feminist methodologies, human rights, and social and environmental justice. Her teaching, consequently, is in the areas of feminist theory and methods, human rights,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 in News | No Comments »


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Upcoming Teaching Visit Opportunity

The Teaching Visits program is an important way by which the CFT promotes collaborative inquiry and reflection, providing case-based opportunities for Vanderbilt teachers to consider choices they have when constructing their classes. A small group of visitors observes a host’s class on a selected day and then engages in an hour of conversation with the instructor...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


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BOLD Fellows Program Helps Develop Online Instruction

Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching and the CIRTL Network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) share a mission to enhance excellence in undergraduate teaching. The CFT and CIRTL are partnering to offer the BOLD Fellows program, which is support by NSF grant DUE-1231286 to the CIRTL Network. SPRING 2016 BOLD FELLOW TEAMS     L to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Gabriel Briggs

  Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Gabriel Briggs, English, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. Gabriel Briggs The courses I teach reflect my broad interest in the intersection of race, gender, class, nation, and ethnicity in nineteenth-century American and African-American literature and culture. I want...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Blackboard Support at the CFT

Blackboard Drop-in Sessions to Feature Grade Center

Drop-in Support Hours for Spring Semester Blackboard Support at the CFT will be offering drop-in training and support for the spring semester for faculty, graduate students, and staff using Blackboard. Come get technical and pedagogical support from a team of Blackboard specialists during our drop-in support hours. We will begin each drop-in session with quick, 10-minute training...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: No Comments »


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From the Director

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to another busy semester at the Center for Teaching. A few highlights… We are organizing several faculty teaching visits this spring. These visits provide instructors the opportunity to sit in on a colleague’s class, then engage that colleague in conversation about teaching choices. Doug...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit with Douglas Clark, Associate Professor of Teaching & Learning: Monday, February 1st

Douglas Clark, Associate Professor of Teaching & Learning SCED 3890/7500: Scientific Modeling Douglas Clark is Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning at Peabody College.  His Special Topics Course in Science Education, Scientific Modeling, focuses on investigating and understanding various aspects of “scientific literacies” through active construction of scientific models, investigates and increases...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 in News | No Comments »


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The CFT is Hiring- Administrative Assistant II

We are now accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant II position at the CFT. The Administrative Assistant II position will manage the Center’s budget, including the Center’s special projects fund, any gifts the Center receives, and a number of external grants in which the Center participates. This position will also assist with the human resource...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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Local CIRTL Workshop on Evidence-Based Teaching

  VU-CIRTL is conducting an Evidence-based Teaching Workshop January 7th and 8th. The workshop is designed for future faculty with no experience with teaching as research however all graduate students, post docs, faculty, and staff are welcome. Workshop topics include how people learn, challenge-based learning, course design, assessment, classroom management, classroom technology, and scholarly resources....... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


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BOLD Fellow Presents at 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference

By Dani Picard, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Faizan Zubair, a PhD student in Chemical Engineering and CFT BOLD Fellow, presented his research on an online instructional module at the 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Faizan developed an online learning module on thermodynamic efficiency through the Center...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Anita Disney

  Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Anita Disney, Psychology, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. Anita Disney For many of our students, college will be their last engagement with structured learning. From the point of graduation forward, the extent to which we grow...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


Blackboard Support at the CFT

Upcoming Blackboard Support Offerings

Textbook Integration with Blackboard Blackboard support at the CFT has been working with the bookstore, textbook publishers, and stakeholders across campus to integrate online textbook content with Blackboard courses. Beginning in the spring semester, many instructors will be able to connect their students’ online textbook work with Blackboard’s grade book and content areas. Please contact...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 in News | Tags: No Comments »