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Coupling curriculum revision and scholarship in the School of Nursing

We need to have coordinated lectures throughout our curriculum so that students get key concepts early and then build on that solid foundation. We need to avoid undesired redundancy. We need to keep students engaged throughout the three 8-hour days they spend with us in block. We need to quit powerpointing students to death. In...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Graduate students present investigations of teaching tools and approaches on May 18th

Several programs at Vanderbilt help graduate students address questions of teaching and learning within their discipline. Among these are the BOLD Fellows program, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and CIRTL, which focuses on creating and assessing online instructional approaches for use in a Vanderbilt course; the TAR Fellows program, a flagship CIRTL program; and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Melissa Glassfor

Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Melissa Glassford, Nursing, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. I teach in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing, instructing nurses as they develop the skills and knowledge to become primary care providers for individuals...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Biological Sciences Seminar Series features Biology Education Researcher Kimberly Tanner on April 18th

Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University and 2012 national Outstanding University Science Teacher, will give a seminar in the Biological Sciences Department Monday, April 18, 4:10-5:15 in Medical Research Building III, room 1220. Professor Tanner directs the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which facilitates and investigates the impact of scientist-teacher partnerships...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 in Events | Tags: No Comments »


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Campus Invited to Course Management System Vendor Demos in April

The Center for Teaching invites Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students to a series of product demonstrations by the three vendors under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next course management system (CMS). The demonstrations, along with feedback from those who attend them, will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Making Course Evaluations More Meaningful

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Course evaluations for spring semester courses begin today. When I served on the Provost’s Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching a couple of years ago, I found that instructors commonly face two challenges when it comes to course evaluations: motivating students to complete them (and thus increasing response rates) and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 in Resource | Tags: No Comments »


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From the Stacks…

Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning by Catherine M. Wehlburg Assessment plays a key role in institutions of higher education. However, many colleges and universities simply add their assessment plans onto other teaching, learning, service, and research activities in order to prepare for an impending accreditation visit. In this important...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2016 in Library | Tags: , No Comments »


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BOLD Fellows Program is Accepting Applications

We are recruiting graduate students to participate in the BOLD Fellows program beginning in August 2016. The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. STEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop online modules...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Apply to be a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow!

We are now accepting applications for 2016-17. The CFT’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program is designed to help you: Learn from the teaching experiences of colleagues at Vanderbilt. • Develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your teaching over time. • Enjoy the community of teachers at Vanderbilt. • Learn to balance...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


Blackboard Support at the CFT

New Blackboard Course Availability and Deletion Policy

The Center for Teaching, as the administrative home for Blackboard, is announcing a new Course Availability and Deletion Policy for Blackboard.  This policy, recommended by Vanderbilt’s Blackboard implementation team and approved by the Blackboard Faculty Advisory Committee, is intended to reduce the amount of storage space Vanderbilt purchases annually from Blackboard, while also allowing most...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in News | No Comments »


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Gender Awareness and Inclusion Forums

The Faculty Senate is hosting two Gender Awareness and Inclusion Forums, April 1st in Sarratt Student Center 112, and April 6th in Mayborn 204, both from 4-5pm.  The purpose of the forums is to help faculty, students, and staff become more aware of the ways to create a more civil and inclusive campus — but...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 in Events | Tags: , No Comments »


Blackboard Support at the CFT

Campus encouraged to participate in Blackboard feedback survey

The CFT, as the administrative home for Blackboard, Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, is conducting an assessment in March to determine the extent to which Blackboard is meeting the needs of campus users. Results of this needs assessment will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: No Comments »


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Biological Sciences Seminar Series features Biology Education Researcher Kimberly Tanner on April 18th

Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University and 2012 national Outstanding University Science Teacher, will give a seminar in the Biological Sciences Department Monday, April 18, 4:10-5:15 in Medical Research Building III, room 1220. Professor Tanner directs the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which facilitates and investigates the impact of...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: No Comments »


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Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning calls for microgrant proposals

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) in partnership with Vanderbilt University Information Technology (VUIT) is currently accepting proposals for microgrants. VIDL will accept proposals for funding of up to $500 for faculty and staff with preference given to requests for the purchase of digital equipment to aid with innovative projects in teaching or research. Funding can be used...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Digital Timelines, a Conversation on Digital Pedagogy, April 4th

Digital Timelines Monday, April 4, 2016 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided) Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Register Here Remember those timelines you saw in your history textbook back in middle school? Today’s digital timelines do far more than present a static, linear progression of dates and names. Online, interactive timelines support visually...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 in Events | Tags: , , , , No Comments »