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Welcome Jennifer Anderson!

Feb. 13, 2024—We are proud to announce that Jennifer Anderson has joined of the Office of Education Design and Development (formerly the Center for Teaching) as its new Director. As a Vanderbilt alumna with a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science, she is thrilled to be back on campus. A seasoned learning facilitator, she has created and...

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Giving Students Feedback

Nov. 9, 2023—At this time in the semester when students are handing in an assortment of assignments, it is important to provide meaningful feedback to guide their growth. Effective feedback can come in a variety of forms, but students find it most helpful when it is educative about what they are doing well and not so well,...

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Teaching in Tumultuous Times

Nov. 7, 2023—Despite our aspirations for our classrooms to be home to open inquiry and reasoned, informed debate, sometimes the intensely traumatic nature of current events can overwhelm us or our students. Whether it is recurring incidents of mass violence, the persistence of social or environmental crises, or polarized political debate in our public sphere, just to...

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Interdisciplinary Teaching workshop

Nov. 1, 2023—Are you teaching a subject that is inter- or multi-disciplinary and somewhat outside of your comfort zone? Are you team teaching a course with someone from another discipline and adjusting to their discipline’s ways of thinking or “signature pedagogies”? Are you hoping that your students develop a thoroughly multi-disciplinary understanding of a topic, but not...

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Transforming Classroom Conflict into Learning workshop

Oct. 30, 2023—In these times of political polarization and contentious dialogue throughout our society, it is not uncommon for educators across the curriculum to experience, or at least fear, student conflict in the classroom. Whether it is due to differences sparked by ideology, identity, or simple intellectual disagreement, student conflicts may stray beyond productive debate into highly...

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Developing Collaborative Assignments workshop

Oct. 26, 2023—Research indicates that collaborative assignments and projects can promote meaningful learning by inviting students to address complex problems while engaging the insights and perspectives of others. In this workshop, participants will develop an outline for a collaborative group project or assignment that they plan to deploy in the spring semester. Co-facilitated by Boni Yraguen (PhD, Mechanical Engineering) and Laura Carter-Stone (PhD, Teaching and Learning),...

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Using a Process-Oriented Approach to Student Writing to Deepen Learning and Engagement workshop

Oct. 19, 2023—Research suggests that providing students repeated opportunities to create, evaluate, and revise various types of writing, especially for authentic audiences, can catalyze deeper forms of learning. Through this workshop, we will discuss research-based strategies for improving student writing and content learning in a variety of disciplinary areas. Participants will either revise an existing writing assignment...

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Teaching Our Students to Think Critically

Oct. 9, 2023—Special Event Teaching Our Students to Think Critically with Louis E. Newman October 31st, 12:00-1:30pm (lunch provided) Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave South, 3rd Floor We all want our students to become adept at critical thinking.  But what exactly do we mean by this, and how do we teach it?  In this session, we’ll...

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Soliciting Mid-Semester Feedback from Students

Oct. 9, 2023—It’s that time of the semester when you may be wondering whether your course is going all that well and what students are thinking about it. We at the CFT are here to help you collect just this kind of information and support you as you decide what to do with it.  There are a...

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Building your Teaching Portfolio for Promotion, Reappointment, and Tenure workshop

Oct. 5, 2023—Comprised of information garnered from Vanderbilt chairs, associate deans and past members of The University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (“PTRC”), this informal online information session will clarify the role of your teaching dossier within the tenure process and delve into its central components. Additionally, this session will offer tips and strategies for assembling your...

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