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Teach Coding? Learn About a tool for integrating enhanced Jupyter Notebooks into Your Teaching

Dec. 6, 2021—As part of a Course Improvement Grant project, associate professor of biomedical engineering Will Grissom been using Pathbird, a tool that runs enhanced Jupyter notebooks (in Python, Julia, or R). It allows students to navigate to their site with no additional setup, and the instructor can interleave autograders, multiple choice questions, and short answer questions with...

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CFT Partners with Divinity School to launch inaugural round of lifelong learning courses

Dec. 3, 2021—Vanderbilt Divinity School (VDS) has had a rich legacy of continuing education since the 1990s. Building on this legacy, in 2020,  the Lifelong Learning Committee proposed a comprehensive Lifelong Learning curriculum to meet the needs of the diverse audiences that VDS is uniquely positioned to serve. VDS Lifelong Learning has its roots in Vanderbilt’s commitments...

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Updated Teaching Guide: Personal Devices in the Classroom (Formerly Wireless in the Classroom)

Dec. 2, 2021—The CFT first published a guide on considering how to work with wireless devices in the classroom in 2010. Given the rapidly changing digital landscape since then, this guide has been updated to better consider and account for the changes in how personal electronic devices are used, and how widespread they have become. It considers how personal electronic devices (especially laptops) can impact learning in...

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Highlights from the Center for Teaching 35th Anniversary Panel

Dec. 1, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director In honor of the Center for Teaching’s 35th anniversary, the CFT hosted a special anniversary panel on October 29, 2021, featuring staff and graduate student alumni of the CFT. The panelists discussed a series of questions on teaching and learning in higher education and the field of educational development. The...

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Celebrating 100 Episodes of the Leading Lines Podcast

Nov. 30, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director Five years ago, I pitched the idea of a podcast about educational technology to a group of colleagues at Vanderbilt. I had been thinking about this idea for a while, interviewing faculty and others at Vanderbilt and elsewhere who were using technology creatively and effectively to enhance student learning. I...

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New Guide on Project-based and Dynamic Collaborative Learning

Nov. 25, 2021—The newest addition to the CFT’s Course Development Resources (CDR) site, entitled Project-Based and Dynamic Collaborative Learning, is all about how instructors can design meaningful, effective group work through research-informed strategies and the intentional use of technology. The guide explores the research on collaborative groups and answers questions such as: How should we form groups? How can we effectively...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Janelle M. Delle

Nov. 18, 2021—Each year, the CFT blog highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Janelle Delle, Nursing, talks about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship. When I first began my teaching career 5 years ago, I had no idea what to expect of myself or the students, nor what...

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Updated Guide! Dealing with the Unexpected: Teaching When You or Your Students Can’t Make it to Class

Nov. 12, 2021—  If you find yourself considering the question of how to deal with attendance and participation this year, you will want to check out our newly updated guide “Dealing with the Unexpected: Teaching When You or Your Students Can’t Make it to Class”. The most recent update to this perennially useful guide takes into consideration...

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Tweaking research presentations to foster community and knowledge construction: A focus on peer review

Nov. 10, 2021—by Cynthia J. Brame I recently got to watch a class session that taught me a new and very effective way to help students build their science identity by building a scientific community. It was awesome, and I can’t wait to figure out how to adapt it to one of my classes. Here’s the setting:...

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Course improvement grant spotlight: Asami Nakano

Nov. 4, 2021—Asami Nakano, Lecturer in Asian Studies, talked with CFT assistant director Julaine Fowlin about her Course Improvement Grant, “Incorporating Japanese cultural experiences for Japanese language course.” Asami believes that authentic language learning involves integration of cultural experiences. In the video interview, she shares that in Tennessee there are not many opportunities for authentic Japanese cultural...

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