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Who’s doing all the work? Who’s having all the fun?

May. 15, 2019—Part 1: Five steps to incorporating productive failure into your course by Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Associate Director Several years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of hearing a talk by Barb Stengel, Professor of the Practice in Vanderbilt’s Teaching and Learning Department.  She had a mantra that she repeated throughout the talk to frame her comments: “Who’s...

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Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt: Mary Lauren Pfieffer, Anna Richmond, and Pediatric Simulations

May. 13, 2019—By Faith Rovenolt, CFT undergraduate intern Teaching Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care of the Child is a challenge: students need to understand a range of concepts for caring for children and adolescents across a large developmental spectrum, building knowledge that has cognitive, psychosocial, and motor components. Mary Lauren Pfieffer, Instructor in Nursing, and Anna...

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Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt: Daniela D’Eugenio and Selective Technology Use

Apr. 29, 2019—By Faith Rovenolt, CFT undergraduate intern Personal technological devices, such as phones and laptops, are ubiquitous in society as well as the classroom. Their use is banned outright by some professors and encouraged by others, but just as outside of the classroom, the exact role and extent they should be used is still being explored....

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Season 2 Coming Soon!

Apr. 25, 2019—Thanks to the Vanderbilt students and faculty who contributed to the first season of VandyVox! We were thrilled to share student-produced audio from anthropology, game studies, health policy, human and organizational development, law, mathematics, and women’s and gender studies. Be sure to listen to our final episode of the season, which features the audio introduction...

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Students as Producers: Collaborating toward Deeper Learning

Apr. 25, 2019—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director If you’ve been following my work, you know that I’m a proponent of engaging the students in the courses we teach not only as consumers of information, but also as producers of knowledge. My Vanderbilt Center for Teaching colleagues and I have been sharing this “Students as Producers” approach to...

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Engaging Possibility: Digital Literacy, Disability, and Design

Apr. 25, 2019—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director On March 15, 2019, the Center for Teaching’s Digital Learning Community engaged in an important conversation centered on digital literacy and accessibility. The goal of this session was to focus on the real concerns of different learners already present in our classrooms and to consider...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Josh Caldwell

Apr. 23, 2019—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Josh Caldwell, Mechanical Engineering, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. . . I joined the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at Vanderbilt University in May 2017, moving here from the US Naval Research Lab where I had been for the...

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Leading Lines Ed Tech Podcast with Sophie Bjork-James

Apr. 18, 2019—In this episode, we first hear a short, speculative fiction audio story by Vanderbilt undergraduate Sarah Saxton Strassberg called “Hagar Rising” that explores the future of gene editing. Sarah created this piece for a course on the politics of reproductive health taught by Vanderbilt anthropology professor Sophie Bjork-James. After Sarah Saxton’s audio piece, Derek Bruff...

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Combining Forces: Collaboration as a Tool for Teaching Digital Literacies

Apr. 17, 2019—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director In February we kicked off the spring semester learning community on teaching digital literacies with a conversation focused on collaborations at the university. The goal of this session was to consider the ways that different people have worked together to help students create digital projects...

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Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt: Ravindra Duddu and Cyberlearning Tools

Apr. 15, 2019—By Faith Rovenolt, CFT undergraduate intern I had the privilege to sit down with Dr. Ravindra Duddu, an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering who recently won an NSF CAREER grant  that focuses on understanding Antarctic ice sheet fracture. To understand this phenomenon of iceberg calving, the grant proposes applying engineering tools and techniques...

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