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Teaching History: A Conversation with William Caferro

Feb. 12, 2020—The Center for Teaching is honored to host a conversation with William Caferro, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of History and Interim Director of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, regarding his new book, Teaching History (Wiley Blackwell). This will be an informal and participatory dialogue for anyone interested in teaching history, with many insights from the journey William took to...

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Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt: Stacey Johnson and Reflective Final Exams

Feb. 10, 2020—By Faith Rovenolt, CFT undergraduate intern   During Spring 2020, the Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt blog series will highlight teaching innovations that CFT staff have implemented and evaluated in their own courses. Dr. Stacey Johnson is passionate about teaching languages, and if there is one teaching technique she is passionate about, it’s reflective exams. For...

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Celebration of Learning: An Exhibition of Students as Producers

Feb. 10, 2020—This Thursday,  February 13, 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. Drop in between 2 and 4pm on the second floor of Alumni Hall for a picture of deep learning across the colleges and...

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VandyVox Podcast Prepares for its Third Season!

Feb. 7, 2020—The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Vanderbilt Student Media are excited to announce that Vandy Vox will return for a third sesaon! VandyVox showcases the best of student-produced audio at Vanderbilt University. We hope that VandyVox gives listeners a sense of the creative and critical media produced by students at Vanderbilt, and that it inspires faculty and students...

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Three Upcoming Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshops

Feb. 3, 2020—Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement 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. Date: Tuesday, February 4th Time: 12:30-2:00 pm Location: CFT...

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From the Director

Feb. 3, 2020—It’s February, which means it’s time for the CFT’s annual Celebration of Learning! This is one of my favorite events of the year, an exhibition of student projects from around campus. The CFT staff and I often help faculty take a “Students as Producers” approach to their course and assignment design, and it’s exciting to see the fruits of...

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The Traveling Stanzas: Poets for Science

Jan. 31, 2020—The Traveling Stanzas is an interactive exhibit that will be on display in the lobby of Buttrick Hall from Monday, Feb 3rd at 12 pm until Wednesday, Feb 5th at 4PM.  The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University has driven innovation and generated national distinction for over three decades through its award-winning Traveling Stanzas project,...

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Town Hall: Branches from the Same Tree: The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education

Jan. 30, 2020—On Feb 4th in the Student Life Center, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine  and Vanderbilt University will hold a Town Hall – Branches from the Same Tree: The integration of the humanities and arts with science, engineering, and medicine in higher education.  The town hall will be held on Feb 4th with a...

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Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt: Heather Fedesco and Consulting Groups

Jan. 27, 2020—By Faith Rovenolt, CFT undergraduate intern During Spring 2020, the Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt blog series will highlight teaching innovations that CFT staff have implemented and evaluated in their own courses. Most students can give an example from their own life from a group project gone wrong, but working in groups is often integral to...

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Adobe Creative Cloud Pilot Program

Jan. 21, 2020—The Adobe pilot program is designed to help faculty incorporate digital design tools into course activities and assignments in order to deepen and enhance student learning. This “Students as Producers” approach to course and assignment design is intended to help foster critical-thinking, creative problem-solving, multimodal learning, and creative collaborations opportunities that promote digital literacy skills for their students....

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