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Vanderbilt Instructors Open Their Classroom Doors on September 24, 25, and 26

Sep. 18, 2018—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...

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Teaching in the context of hate speech

Aug. 21, 2018—By Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Many institutions of higher education aspire to encourage the liberal arts ideals of free speech, critical thought, and diverse perspectives so as to empower students to lead meaningful and purposeful lives, and to engage in our society as responsible citizens. This – in addition to growing campus diversification, student...

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Syllabus Statements

Aug. 20, 2018—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director It’s that time of year. Time to update the syllabus for your fall course. Or maybe create a new syllabus from scratch. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule this year, since I updated the syllabus for my first-year writing seminar last Wednesday, a full week ahead of the first...

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Save the date! The Open Classroom will be September 24-26

Aug. 20, 2018—Vanderbilt Instructors Open Their Classroom Doors on September 24, 25 and 26 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...

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Vanderbilt’s Ed Tech Podcast Kicks-off Fourth Season

Aug. 19, 2018—In this episode, we hear from Bryan Dewsbury, assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Rhode Island. He’s incredibly passionate about student success, and he uses technology in ways that are fully supportive of his pedagogical goals. His approach to teaching introductory biology isn’t the typical one, and we are glad to have...

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CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2018 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Aug. 14, 2018—Left to Right: Leon Bellan (Mechanical Engineering), Sophie Bjork-James (Anthropology), Brandon Byrd (History), Joshua Caldwell (Mechanical Engineering), Ashley Carse (Human and Organizational Development), Susan Douglas (Leadership, Policy and Organizations), Issam Eido (Religious Studies), Uttam Ghosh (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Kejia Hu (Owen), Taylor Johnson (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Neil Kelley (Earth & Environmental...

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Grad and Postdoc Programs at the CFT

Aug. 13, 2018—Two Center for Teaching programs for graduate students and postdocs are now taking registrations for the fall. Each program consists of a seminar and a practicum, and each lasts two semesters.   The first program is the Certificate in College Teaching (CiCT). This program focuses on the research on how people learn as well as...

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August Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

Aug. 10, 2018—In our hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s course management system, Brightspace. In addition to these workshops, you can get individual help during drop-in hours at the CFT or by appointment in a one-on-one consult with one of our instructional technologists. Email us at Brightspace@vanderbilt.edu or check out this collection of step-by-step guides for help getting started. Workshops topic...

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Be part of one of the new or continuing learning communities at the CFT

Aug. 9, 2018—The Center for Teaching hosts a number of learning communities, intended for members of Vanderbilt’s teaching community interested in meeting over time to develop deeper understandings and richer practices around particular teaching and learning topics.  This year’s learning communities are: Teaching, Difference, and Power: Empowering International Students and Faculty This year, the CFT continues its...

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Make your Brightspace course homepage work for you!

Aug. 7, 2018—When you (or your students) first click on a course from the main landing page in Brightspace, the default first page is a homepage that has the announcements tool and the calendar tool pre-loaded. However, the default is not your only option. In fact, you have quite a bit of control over what your students see...

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