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Assessment, Implicit Bias, and the Impact on Student Learning, Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Implicit bias, in its simplest form, describes prejudicial judgment that affects social behavior. Despite its relatively unconscious nature, it is still possible to identify specific attitudes that reflect our predispositions toward socially marginalized groups. In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which implicit bias, when left unchecked, can adversely affect our teaching and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

In these hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s new course management system, Brightspace. Bring your own laptop computer so you can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the session, users will be able to: Confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course Post, edit, and copy content...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: No Comments »


CFT Offers Summer Intensive Grad and Postdoc Programs

The Center for Teaching is happy to announce that we are offering two Summer Intensive programs this May for Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs.  The first Summer Intensive program is for the Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning (CHTL) and is open to humanities graduate students and postdocs.  Similar to our academic year-long version of the CHTL,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Microaggression Teaching Workshop March 16

When teaching, it is almost guaranteed that microaggressions will take place. These seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression can deleteriously effect the teaching-learning environment, our students, and ourselves. As common as microaggressions are, it is equally common that educators are at times unsure of the best way to intervene, particularly in ways that maintain...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Junior Faculty Spotlight: Jessica Oster

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Jessica Oster, Earth and Environmental Sciences, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. Global climate change is among the most serious and complex issues of our time, especially as it is projected to cause serious but uncertain changes in the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute May 8-10

The CFT invites Vanderbilt faculty members to apply to its 2017 Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 8-10, 2017) participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. This year’s institute will include a track for...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Encouraging Engagement and Enthusiasm– One student’s perspective on online course design

By Rachel Biel, Undergraduate Intern My first interaction with the online classroom came in the fall of 2012, my senior year of high school. With my sights set on attending Vanderbilt, I enrolled in four AP courses, each of which my school only taught one section. This left my daily schedule completely inflexible: I had...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 in Resource | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Digital Humanities Pedagogy Lunch with Dr. Gabrielle Foreman

Professor Foreman is the founding faculty director of the Colored Conventions Project, which since 2012 has made digitally available six decades of Black political organizing that overlapped with and was obscured by the abolitionist movement. The project has involved over 1000 students across the country in undergraduate research through its curriculum adopted by the Project’s national...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


New Guide – Teaching Adult Undergraduate Students

The Center for Teaching’s recently released teaching guide Teaching Adult Undergraduate Students is a tool for instructors and administrators considering the needs of adult (or non-traditional) students on Vanderbilt’s campus. Adult learners returning to college after military service, parenthood, or other life experiences may approach college in a very different way than their less experienced classmates....... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


Come Work at the Center for Teaching!

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 types...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Students as Producers: The Course Design Institute at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern The CFT’s Course Design Institute (CDI) is a three-day program at the end of the spring semester (May 8-10, 2017) in which participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The institute is centered on the idea of “Students as Producers,” an...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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 »


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 »


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 | Tags: , No Comments »


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 »