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Brightspace Launched as Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

The Center for Teaching is excited to announce that Brightspace is now available for instructors planning their summer and fall courses.  Brightspace will replace Blackboard as Vanderbilt’s course management system starting this summer.  The new platform has a modern, responsive design and a number of features that faculty and students will find useful, including drag-and-drop...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Upcoming Deadlines for VIDL Faculty Grants.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) offers support for faculty for research and instructional improvement, and support for students in the form of fellowships and internships. Support takes the form of limited monetary support, technical consulting, equipment loans and production services. Faculty Programs MacroGrants (Deadline April 28) VU faculty and staff may apply for a seed-funding...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 in Grants, News, Resource | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


Apply to be a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow!

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. The  program is designed to help you: Learn from the teaching experiences of colleagues Develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your teaching over time Build a teaching community at Vanderbilt Learn to balance and integrate your teaching and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Course Design Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Many graduate students do not get the opportunity to design their own syllabi or design and organize their courses. This workshop has been developed to assist graduate students in being more aware and intentional about how to design a course and syllabus overall. The workshop will include feedback from faculty in various departments about their thought...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


Junior Faculty Spotlight: Guojun Wang

Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Guojun Wang, Asian Studies, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. As a scholar, I mainly study late imperial Chinese literature and culture. At Vanderbilt, I teach an array of subjects related to Chinese literature. The courses I offer...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Teaching Difference, and Power Symposium: Class Matters

This year, the Center for Teaching hosted a learning community of faculty and graduate students focused on social class, particularly the challenges faced by lower income and first generation students in the classroom, and class-conscious methods of teaching. On April 25th, join the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching for an end-of-year symposium in which we’ll share...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


How is the current political climate impacting your interactions with your students?

A group of about 35 current and former Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows recently met at the Center for Teaching to discuss this question, looking for ways to promote dialog and learning that can help students navigate our highly polarized world. The participants teach classes across the university, within Peabody School of Education, the School of...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 in Commentary, News, Resource | No Comments »


“Refreshing and Rethinking Course Goals”: Two Educators Share Their Experiences With the CFT’s Course Design Institute

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern This spring, the CFT will once again offer the Course Design Institute (CDI). In this three-day program, running May 8-10, participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The Institute focuses on the theme of “Students as Producers,” the idea of...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


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 »