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Talking to your students about Brightspace – Fall 2017

Many instructors have asked us where students will go to learn about Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. While students are always welcome to reach out for support, we put together a list of four important resources that students will find helpful as they navigate this new course management system. Instructors can feel free to share this post...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 in Resource | Tags: No Comments »


Fall Courses Available on Brightspace

Fall courses are now available on Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. Brightspace can be used to share course resources with students, communicate with students and engage them in discussion, administer quizzes and other assignments, and provide students with feedback on their learning. Faculty are invited to prepare their courses on brightspace.vanderbilt.edu and activate them...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2017 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Brett Byrum (Biomedical Engineering), Christopher Caldelaria (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Teresa Dunleavy (Teaching & Learning), Nicolette Kostiw (Center for Latin American Studies), Kanah Lewallen (Nursing), Shihong Lin (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michiru Lowe (Asian Studies), Sara Mayeux (Law), Natasha McClure (Nursing), Marzia Milazzo (English), Mary Lauren Pfieffer (Nursing), Jannyse Starks (Nursing), Claudine...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


August Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

In these hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s new course management system, Brightspace. Bring your own laptop computer so you can explore and build content in our test course! You will learn to confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course; post, edit, and copy content for students using a variety of tools;...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , No Comments »


Teaching, Difference, and Power

Teaching after Charlottesville

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director This weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, saw hateful and bigoted speech turn into deadly violence. As classes at Vanderbilt resume this month, these events will be on the minds of students and faculty returning to campus. They’re certainly on my mind. I think of my visit to the University of...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Teaching with Blogs: A Leading Lines Interview with Humberto Garcia

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m happy to announce the start of Season 3 of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology co-produced by the Center for Teaching. Our new season launches with an interview with Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. I met Humberto several years ago...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


CFT Announces New Graduate Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Sara Beck (Psychological Sciences), Justin Hubbard (History), Kylie Korsnack (English), and AmieThurber (Human & Organizational Development) The Center for Teaching is excited to announce the Graduate Teaching Fellows for 2017-18. GTFs provide a variety of services for Vanderbilt’s graduate, post docs and professional students, including one-on-one consultations on teaching issues and professional development, syllabus and course...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Just-in-Time Teaching Conference – August 18th and 22nd

It’s never too late to make a good decision, right?  Although planning fall courses starts long before the start of classes, we recognize that many instructors are still making course design and implementation decisions right up to the wire.  That’s why we’re offering a variety of teaching workshops for Vanderbilt instructors on August 18th and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017 in Events | Tags: No Comments »


Teaching at Vanderbilt New Faculty Orientation is Thursday, August 17th

At the beginning of every academic year, the Center for Teaching hosts “Teaching at Vanderbilt,” an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt. The orientation features an introduction to strategies for launching a successful teaching career at Vanderbilt, with concurrent sessions on a variety of practical topics. Teaching at Vanderbilt is an opportunity...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


From the Director

My daughters and I spent a few days in Washington, DC, this summer. One highlight of the trip was watching my nine-year-old explore the National Building Museum. She likes to build dollhouses out of cereal boxes and craft sticks and hot glue, so a museum devoted to the built environment was her happy place. It...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


New Faculty Learning Community for Environmental Course Development

Proposals are invited from faculty who wish to participate in a learning community at the Center for Teaching in 2017-2018 focused on course design for new courses in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor. Our plan is to have five meetings over the course of the year, culminating in a final celebration of the minor...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Classroom Response System Friday, August 11th

Top Hat is a “bring your own device” (BYOD) classroom response system that makes use of students’ personal mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) as response devices. BYOD systems offer a number of logistical and pedagogical advantages over traditional, “clicker”-based systems. Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide and is now...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 7th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


Vanderbilt Instructors Open Their Classoom Doors on September 5th and 6th

Would you like to watch one of your colleagues teach to see how they manage the classroom, engage students, or address challenging subjects? Do you ever feel like you toil in private to learn how to teach? You’re not alone. Too often in higher education we instructors do not have the opportunity to watch and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, August 4th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , No Comments »


HASTAC Scholars program now accepting applications!

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions brought together by their shared interest in the intersections of digital media, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, science, technology, and the arts. Up to nine Vanderbilt University graduate students will be appointed as HASTAC Scholars. Scholars will be matched to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 in News, Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


Learn about Top Hat, Vanderbilt’s NEW Classroom Response System

Tuesday, June 27th 2-3pm If you have previously used TurningPoint or another classroom response system and plan to incorporate polling in your class this fall, then this demo session is for you! Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »