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New CFT Teaching Guide – Leveraging Study Abroad: Collecting and Teaching with Authentic Resources

By Stacey M. Johnson and Vivian Finch, CFT Assistant Directors In language classrooms, instructors often bring in authentic language and culture resources for students to examine. These resources help students to gain a  perspective on how people use language in culturally situated ways. For many students, contact with authentic resources is one of the most...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 in Resource | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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New and Continuing Learning Communities at the CFT

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The CFT 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 and Social Class – The CFT continues its attention to issues...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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Call for Proposals: Senior Faculty Fellows at the CFT

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to announce a new opportunity for faculty at the Center for Teaching.  This fall we’re launching a Senior Faculty Fellows program, designed to support faculty as they help build a strong teaching culture here at Vanderbilt.  If you’re interested in working with colleagues and with the CFT to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in News | No Comments »


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Leading Lines Episode 2: Corbette Doyle, Vanderbilt University

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to share the second episode of our new educational technology podcast, Leading Lines. When my colleagues and I started brainstorming ideas for a new educational technology podcast, we knew we wanted to include Vanderbilt instructors who use technology in innovative ways.  We talk to colleagues regularly who impress...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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Leading Lines: A New Podcast on Educational Technology in Higher Education

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m very happy to announce the launch of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology produced here at Vanderbilt University.  Our first episode features an interview with George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, who provides...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016 in News, Podcast | Tags: , No Comments »


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Center for Teaching Year in Review 2015-16

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The fall semester is right around the corner, which makes this a good time to look back at the academic year we’ve just completed. I’m happy to share the CFT’s 2015-2016 Annual Report which gives a sense of the reach and impact of our work here at Vanderbilt and beyond....... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Just-in-Time Teaching Conference – August 22nd and 23rd

It’s never too late to make a good decision, right?  Although planning fall courses starts long before the start of classes, we recognize that many instructors are still making course design and implementation decisions right up to the wire.  That’s why we’re offering a variety of teaching workshops for Vanderbilt instructors on August 22nd and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016 in Events | Tags: No Comments »


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CFT is accepting applications for an Instructional Technologist – Deadline July 17

We’re hiring! The CFT is seeking applicants for an Instructional Technologist position.  This position will support faculty, students, and staff at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Vanderbilt’s course management system and other online learning platforms.  The Instructional Technologist will report to the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology and work collaboratively...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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Summer Course Management System Pilots

This summer, the Center for Teaching is facilitating pilots of three platforms under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next course management system (CMS). The platforms are Canvas by Instructure, Brightspace by D2L, and Blackboard Ultra by Blackboard. In April, the CFT hosted campus visits and public demos by all three vendors. Given feedback on the demos, the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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Teaching with Digital Timelines

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director This year the Center for Teaching hosted a few educational technology working groups for faculty, staff, and students interested in exploring ways particular technologies might meet their instructional goals. One of the groups investigated the use of digital timeline tools, like Tiki-Toki and TimelineJS, that facilitate the creation of online,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 in Resource | Tags: , , , , , No Comments »


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Digital Polling in the Classroom: To BYOD or not to BYOD?

by Jane Hirtle, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow At the Center for Teaching we’ve been keeping a close eye on the rapidly changing world of classroom response systems. Where once there were few options, professors now have many choices both in terms of what kind of system to use and how to employ it as a...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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CFT is accepting applications for an Instructional Technologist – Deadline June 19

We’re hiring! The CFT is seeking applicants for an Instructional Technologist position.  This position will support faculty, students, and staff at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Vanderbilt’s course management system and other online learning platforms.  The Instructional Technologist will report to the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology and work collaboratively...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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BOLD Fellow Kendra Oliver Presented on Student Blogs at 2016 Experimental Biology Conference

Kendra Oliver, a PhD student in Pharmacology and a CFT BOLD Fellow, presented a poster on her BOLD project at the 2016 Experimental Biology conference in San Diego in April. Her poster, entitled “Probing the use of web-logs (Blogs) to promote student ownership,” presented her research on an online learning module she created through the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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BOLD Fellow and Mentor Present at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders

BOLD Fellow Hannah Krimm and her faculty mentor, Melanie Schuele, Associate Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences, presented at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CAPCSD) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas in March. Their talk, entitled “Effect of an online learning module for transcription,” discussed the online learning module they...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Cultural Heritage at Scale: A Semantic Web Symposium at Vanderbilt

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Vanderbilt University formed the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education in 2012 to examine emerging national-scale digital projects. The Committee on Coherence at Scale fosters strategic thinking about how to rigorously manage the transition from analog to digital in higher education. The Jean and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: No Comments »