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Teaching Assistant Orientation

Aug. 5, 2020—Many graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships, and while teaching assistant (TA) duties vary across departments, they all demand considerable skill and knowledge. These duties can include grading, consulting with students during office hours, leading discussion or problem sessions, teaching labs, or giving lectures. To assist new TAs as they prepare for their duties, the Vanderbilt...

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Brush up on Some Essential Brightspace skills

Aug. 4, 2020—Brush up on some essential Brightspace skills before teaching in an online or hybrid format this fall. Join Stacey, the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology, on Zoom for workshops about Brightspace tools including Discussions and Grades/Feedback. You can register and learn more about the available workshops on the Brightspace workshops page. If you will be...

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August Workshops from the Center for Teaching

Aug. 3, 2020—For faculty and other instructors looking for a lot of ideas for teaching this fall in a short amount of time, the Center for Teaching is offering a variety of online workshops in August. Some workshops are focused on teaching with Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system, while others focus on other aspects of adaptive teaching in...

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Online Course Development Resources – New from the CFT

Jul. 31, 2020—The Center for Teaching is excited to announce the Online Course Development Resources website. The site is designed to help faculty and other instructors design, teach, and revise their online courses, drawing on research, best practices, and existing resources from the Center for Teaching and around the web. There are two ways to engage with...

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Should I record?

Jul. 30, 2020—By Cynthia Brame, CFT Associate Director   This fall, we are all going to be thinking about how to ensure that our students can equitably access our courses, even when they have to miss a synchronous meeting. One of the questions we’ll have to answer is whether and when to record those meetings to provide...

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Rethinking Assessment Strategies and Procedures

Jul. 29, 2020—By Julie Johnson, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Computer Science With major changes planned for the fall semester, many of us have had to rethink our assessment strategies.  One aspect you may have overlooked is the handling of graded student assignments. A simple homework can generate a chain of...

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An Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching – New August Workshops

Jul. 29, 2020—All six sessions of the Center for Teaching’s “Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching” workshop in July are full, so we’re offering another eight sessions in August. See below for details and to sign up. An Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching Are you looking for ideas for how to engage your students this fall?...

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Trauma-Informed Teaching During COVID-19

Jul. 28, 2020—By Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2020-2021 Trauma-informed teaching recognizes that students’ emotional and physical wellbeing, sense of security and belonging, and their past and current traumas influence their ability to learn. In other words, it responds to the reality that students are whole people with whole, complicated lives, in and out of...

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Teaching Assistant Orientation

Jul. 27, 2020—Many graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships, and while teaching assistant (TA) duties vary across departments, they all demand considerable skill and knowledge. These duties can include grading, consulting with students during office hours, leading discussion or problem sessions, teaching labs, or giving lectures. To assist new TAs as they prepare for their duties, the Vanderbilt...

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Brush up on some essential Brightspace skills before teaching in an online or hybrid format this fall!

Jul. 23, 2020—Join Stacey, the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology, on Zoom for workshops about Brightspace tools including Discussions and Grades/Feedback. You can register and learn more about the available workshops on the Brightspace workshops page. If you will be using Brightspace for the first time and want to get to know the content and navigation...

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