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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Issam Eido

Jan. 19, 2019—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Issam Eido, Religious Studies, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. I am a senior lecturer at the department of Religious Studies and a former Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at the University of Chicago Divinity School...

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Come Work at the Center for Teaching!

Jan. 16, 2019—  Each year the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires a number of graduate students as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several...

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Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement: Creating Your Draft Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Jan. 15, 2019—In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. This workshop is especially helpful for those who do...

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Top Hat Week Begins Jan. 28th!

Jan. 13, 2019—Are you interested in new ways to engage your students during class? Top Hat is Vanderbilt’s classroom response system, available for free to all faculty, staff, and students. Using Top Hat, instructors can pose polling questions and ask all their students to respond using their phones or laptops. Top Hat quickly collects and visualizes student...

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Talking to your students about Brightspace – Spring 2019

Jan. 11, 2019—Getting to know a course management system can be confusing for students, as well as instructors. We’ve assembled a list of “Four Things Every Student Should Know about Brightspace at Vanderbilt.” This list will help your students as they navigate Brightspace. Instructors can feel free to share this post with students, link to it within...

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Celebration of Learning: An Exhibition of Students as Producers on Feb. 4th

Jan. 10, 2019—On February 4, 2019, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature students from all over campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered, providing the Vanderbilt community with a picture of deep learning across the colleges and schools. We are...

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From the Director

Jan. 9, 2019—Happy New Year! We have a busy semester planned at the Center for Teaching, with lots of opportunities for the Vanderbilt teaching community to reflect on their teaching, to connect with colleagues, and to be inspired. Here are just a few highlights… On February 4th, the CFT will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition...

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Engaging Ethically and Actively in Online Communities

Jan. 8, 2019—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director The CFT’s learning community on teaching digital literacies concluded its fall conversation series on November 13th with a discussion of the ways instructors can help students participate productively in online communities. To get the conversation started, Derek Bruff, CFT director, invited each of our three...

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Are you interested in adding captions to your Kaltura videos?

Dec. 12, 2018—When it comes to online videos, accessibility is very important.  Many times, self-made videos lack captions that can assist those who are hearing impaired.  To address this, Kaltura has added a new captioning tool that can help make your videos more accessible to others. This tool is already enabled inside of your Kaltura instance inside...

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Leading Lines Ed Tech Podcast with Max Seidman

Dec. 11, 2018—In the game Monarch, players compete to the be the heir to the throne. The game is cleverly designed and has amazing art, but what makes it different is that all the characters are women. The dying monarch is the queen, and players are princesses striving to show their wisdom and strength. Monarch upends some...

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