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Teaching with Perusall and Social Annotation – Highlights from a Conversation

Sep. 23, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director This summer, hundreds of participants in the Center for Teaching’s Online Course Design Institute had the chance to use a social annotation tool as part of their experience in the institute. My CFT colleagues and I asked participants to read a few articles about online teaching and annotate them collaboratively, first...

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Humanities Teaching Now with Derek Bruff

Sep. 22, 2020—Join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m., for a discussion about where we are, and what lies ahead, for the Humanities in the wake of COVID-19, as part of the RPW Center’s “Humanities…Now” monthly series. Our guest this month will be Derek Bruff (Director, Center for Teaching), who will share his insights on “Humanities Teaching…Now.”

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Instructional Design Consultations through iDesign

Sep. 21, 2020—Vanderbilt University has partnered with the instructional design firm iDesign to make available a number of services to help faculty and other instructors prepare for online and hybrid teaching this fall. iDesign learning specialists are on-hand to assist with your course design and teaching effectiveness questions. If you have a question relating how to best...

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Call for HASTAC Scholars

Sep. 17, 2020—The Vanderbilt HASTAC network is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 HASTAC Scholars Program! Graduate students interested in learning more about digital humanities and gaining hands-on experience with DH practice are encouraged to apply. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions brought together by their shared interest...

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The Writing Studio’s Fall 2020 Teaching Writing Workshop Series

Sep. 16, 2020—For those who utilize writing as a major form of assessment, check out the Teaching Writing Workshop Series that the Writing Studio is hosting this fall! Below you will find more information about Responding to Student Writing as well as other upcoming workshops. Workshop details are also available online. All Fall 2020 workshops will take...

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CFT Announce Graduate Teaching Fellows for 2020-21

Sep. 16, 2020—L to R Abena Boakyewa-Ansah (History), Amanda Brockman (Sociology), Leah Roberts (Human & Organizational Development), and Mohammad Meerzaei (Religion) The Graduate Teaching Fellows provide a variety of services for Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional students and postdocs, including one-on-one consultations on teaching issues and professional development, syllabus and course design, interpreting and responding to student evaluations, writing teaching statements, and engaging techniques such as discussion leading, lecturing,...

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Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshops in September

Sep. 14, 2020—These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities. These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement In this workshop, we will address best practices for...

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Teaching in a Hybrid Classroom – What’s Working, What’s Not

Sep. 11, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director For some instructors, the classroom looks very different this fall. Some of their students are in the classroom, but masked and physically distanced. Some of their students are participating remotely during class via Zoom. Prior to this fall, no one had taught in these conditions. The Center for Teaching staff put...

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Vanderbilt Libraries Fall Virtual Workshops

Sep. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt Libraries are hosting two exciting new virtual workshop series this fall. Research Productivity Series To be productive, researchers must identify relevant research, sift through and organize it to suit their scholarly purposes, and present it effectively to others. Researchers are apt to get stuck at any of these steps. This workshop series aims to...

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Join a CFT Learning Community

Sep. 9, 2020—The Center for Teaching 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 Race In the midst of racist and anti-immigrant violence in the United States, and...

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