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Open Dores: Two Days of Teaching Visits

by Marianna Sharp On September 27th and 28th some of Vanderbilt’s talented faculty members will be opening their classrooms to their fellow professors and graduate students. This year’s Open Dores CFT event differs somewhat from past years’ Teaching Visit programming—more condensed, but with a wider selection of classrooms open for visitors. In past years, visits...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


Leading Lines

Leading Lines Episode 4: Jeff Rice, University of Kentucky

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Our latest episode of Leading Lines is out today. In this episode, we feature an interview with Jeff Rice, inaugural chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies (WRD) at the University of Kentucky.  Rice also holds the Martha B. Reynolds Chair in Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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SIPX: A Blackboard-Integrated Tool for Copyright Compliance

You may have heard about SIPX, a tool recently acquired by the Vanderbilt Library to streamline the copyright compliance process for course readings. With the addition of SIPX to the Blackboard tool set, instructors now have the ability to find course readings themselves from the library holdings (or from other sources)  and place the links...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 in News | No Comments »


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BOLD Fellow Kelly Gilmore Presents Poster at American Chemical Society National Meeting

Kelly Gilmore, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt, recently presented a poster of her BOLD Fellows project at the 2016 American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in August. Kelly’s poster, entitled “Establishing a Foundation of Acid-Base Chemistry Using an Interactive Online Module,” presented her research on an online...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


STEM Teaching

Evidence-Based STEM Teaching: Free Online Courses Launch September 19th

The Center for Teaching, in collaboration with colleagues from several other universities, is offering two free online courses on evidence-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching this fall. Both courses launch on Monday, September 19th, with course materials available in preview mode on September 15th. If you are a current or future STEM faculty...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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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 »


Course Design Institute

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 »


Senior Faculty Fellows Program

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 »


Leading Lines

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 »


Leading Lines

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 »