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CFT Welcomes New Graduate Teaching Fellows

This year’s Graduate Teaching Fellows are, left to right, Richard Coble (Religion), Ben Galina (Spanish & Portuguese), Brielle Harbin (Political Science), Jane Hirtle (Psychology and Human Development), and Danielle Picard (History).... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlights: Karen Hande and Ravindra Duddu

Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Karen Hande, Instructor in Nursing, and Ravindra Duddu, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, talk about their teaching philosophy and interests. Karen Hande My interest in teaching began when I precepted nurse practitioner students in my practice.  It...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 in News | Tags: No Comments »

Cynthia Paschal

September 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...... KEEP READING

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

STEM Teaching

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching – Free Online Course Starts September 28th

“An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is an open, online course designed to provide future STEM faculty—graduate students and post-docs—with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) faculty to be effective...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


STEM Pedagogy Journal Club

Vanderbilt’s STEM Pedagogy Journal Club is a student-driven initiative for graduate students and postdocs interested in teaching science at the undergraduate level. We will discuss teaching theory, teaching techniques, and the latest in research on science education. No previous teaching experience needed, just an interest to learn! Date: September 15 Time: 4pm Location: 11455 MRBIV...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 in News | Tags: , No Comments »

Blackboard Support at the CFT

Upcoming Blackboard Support Offerings

September holds several opportunities to learn more about Blackboard. Drop-in hours will held weekly. Find the schedule on the Blackboard support site or the CFT website. We will also be conducting workshops about specific tools and features on Blackboard. Language teachers will be happy to hear that in the first two weeks of September, Blackboard...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »

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Upcoming Graduate Student & Postdoc Teaching Workshop: Crafting Effective Teaching Statements – Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 3:30-5:00pm

Crafting Effective Teaching Statements Facilitator: Dani Picard, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Center for Teaching Date & Time: Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 3:30-5:00pm Location: CFT Classroom, 1114 19th Ave South, 3rd floor 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...... KEEP READING

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »

Derek Bruff

From the Director

Think, Pair, Share. It’s a simple approach to engaging students in class discussions. Instead of asking a question of your class and waiting for a few students to respond, ask students to think about the question silently for thirty seconds, then pair up and discuss their responses for a minute or two. When you ask...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


New Educational Technology Working Groups

At the Center for Teaching, we regularly consult with faculty and graduate student instructors on ways to use technology to meet their teaching and learning objectives.  Although technology use should always be driven by pedagogical priorities, sometimes instructors learn about particular technologies and want to explore ways those technologies might fit their teaching needs.  This...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


Join the CFT’s Learning Community on Community Engagement Pedagogies

The CFT is proud to continue its programming for faculty and graduate students interested in community engagement pedagogies (often called service learning), with a year-long discussion group or learning community.  As former Vanderbilt faculty Janet Eyler and Dwight E. Giles once stated, service learning is “a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a...... KEEP READING

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

Teaching, Difference, and Power

Be Part of the Teaching, Gender, and Sexuality Learning Community

All year, the CFT continues its attention to issues of teaching, difference, and power by organizing a learning community on Teaching, Gender, and Sexuality.  The hope for the group is to have a dynamic discussion of, both the many issues that arise when teaching a student body of varied gendered and sexual identities, and how...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


What makes group work work?

by Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director We’ve all been there: victims of unproductive and frustrating group work. Perhaps an instructor poses a question, tells us to turn to our neighbor and discuss it, and we all sit silently…because the answer’s obvious and there’s nothing to discuss. Or perhaps we have an end-of-semester project to develop,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 in News, Resource | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Making the most out of educational videos

by Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Assistant Director Faculty Focus recently released the results of a survey on the flipped classroom, reporting that approximately three quarters of the >1000 respondents had tried flipping the classroom—and that most of them (>60%) found the experience positive for themselves and their students. While about three-fourths of the respondents found...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 in News, Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


Three things I learned while writing about test-enhanced learning

By Rachel Biel, CFT undergraduate intern I recently had the privilege of coauthoring an essay about the benefits of testing beyond assessment. As a student who is tested most commonly for formal assessment, the idea of testing as part of the learning process was new to me. Beyond the practical implications of incorporating more testing...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


Learning about the basics of learning

By Cynthia Brame, Ph.D., CFT Assistant Director Last September, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine suggesting that pre-testing could improve subsequent student learning. The article was based on work by Elizabeth Ligon Bjork and colleagues, and indicated that pre-testing could help students avoid the “fluency fallacy” and might alert them to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »