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Brown Bag Lunch Series: LGBTQI Inclusivity & Allyship in Learning Spaces: February (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22)

This month-long series of 4 workshops aims to create an active learning community wherein current and future educators can build their capacity to personally enact and support LGBTQI inclusivity & allyship in postsecondary academic contexts. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: LGBTQI resources on campus and beyond, information on the contemporary LGBTQI...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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Learning Communities Provide Ongoing Support for Educators

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern The Center for Teaching hosts a number of learning communities, groups designed for faculty who are interesting in meeting on a regular basis to discuss the craft of teaching and the specific challenges that come with different types of learning environments. I spoke with Dr. Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


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From the Director: A New Course Management System

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Happy New Year! We have another busy semester coming up at the Center for Teaching, as you can tell from our latest newsletter. Perhaps the biggest news is that the Center for Teaching will help Vanderbilt launch Brightspace as its primary course management system in summer 2017.  Brightspace will replace...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


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Leading Lines Season 1

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The tenth episode of our educational technology podcast, Leading Lines, was released today. It features an interview by my colleague Cliff Anderson, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, with my other colleague Steve Baskauf, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences. They discuss linked data, the semantic web, and two really...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


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DIVE: Bringing Design Thinking to Vanderbilt Undergraduates

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, students will have the opportunity to participate in Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience (DIVE). The program will teach students human-centered design skills, which the students will use to solve problems at Vanderbilt and in the larger Nashville community in a year-long immersive...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Teaching in Response to the Election

by Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Before and certainly after Tuesday’s election, there has been much discussion in higher education about the incivilities and conflicts of this electoral season, and the potential impacts they are having on our students, particularly those students who are least represented on our campuses and most vulnerable to trauma.  Many...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 in Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Leading Lines Episode 7: Video Games, History, and Students as Producers

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director In our latest Leading Lines episode, we feature an interview with Vanderbilt’s Lynn Ramey, associate professor of French. Lynn is the author of multiple books and essays, including most recently Black Legacies: ‘Race’ and the European Middle Ages.  Lynn is currently engaged in several ambitious digital projects exploring the use...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016 in News | No Comments »


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Consultations for University Courses and TIPs Proposals

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The Office of the Provost has issued a call for proposals for Trans-Institutional Programs and University Courses for 2017-2018. TIPs pre-proposals are due November 28th, and University Course proposals are due December 12th. If you’re a faculty member thinking about a submission to either program, feel free to reach out...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Instructors Open Classroom Doors for Two Days of Teaching Visits Across Campus

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern This year’s Open Dores Teaching Visits program was a success. On September 27th and 28th dozens of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students visited forty classrooms and observed the teaching practices of faculty in a wide variety of disciplines. On Wednesday afternoon, a number of the hosts and visitors gathered...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Blackboard Blogging for the Classroom

by Brandon N. Crawford, CFT Instructional Technologist The Vanderbilt Center for teaching recently released a comprehensive guide to Teaching with Blogs. Blackboard users on campus will be interested to know that a blog tool is included in every Blackboard course, and can be used to support student learning inside of the secure course management environment....... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 in News, Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Leading Lines Episode 5: Digital Textbooks and Language Instruction

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director In our latest Leading Lines episode, we feature an interview with Lee Forester, Professor of German at Hope College, and Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. The CFT’s Stacey M. Johnson, Assistant Director for Educational Technology, sat down with Forester and VanPatten at...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Link Your Online Textbook Content with Blackboard

Does your textbook have online materials for students? Did you know that Blackboard can create a seamless link between many publishers’ content and your course allowing you to download content and import grades? Two new resources from the CFT will help you make the connection between your Blackboard course and textbook-based online platform.    ...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 in News, Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Claiming Your Authority in the Classroom

by Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director One of the most persistent questions about college teaching is how to establish authority while being student-centered and giving your students voice. It ranks right up there with—and is related to—questions about how to engage students. For a scholarly perspective, we can turn to a model proposed by Paul...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Advancing Open Access & Open Education at Vanderbilt Talk this Thursday

Members of the Vanderbilt teaching community interested in open education might be interested in a talk this Thursday at the library. Nick Shockey, Director of Programs and Engagement, and Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) are speaking at Vanderbilt on Thursday, September 29 at 10:00am in...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Open Dores: Two Days of Teaching Visits

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern On September 27th and 28th some of Vanderbilt’s talented faculty members will be opening their classrooms to their fellow professors and graduate students. This year’s Open Dores CFT event differs somewhat from past years’ Teaching Visit programming—more condensed, but with a wider selection of classrooms open for visitors. In...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »