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Listen to the latest Leading Lines podcast with Melissa Mallon

Mar. 13, 2018—In this episode, we feature an interview with one of our own. Melissa Mallon, director of the Peabody Library and director of liaison and instruction services here at Vanderbilt, has a new book out, and my Center for Teaching colleague Stacey Johnson had a lively conversation with Melissa about the book. Part of Melissa’s work...

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Teaching, Difference, and Power: Disability and Learning Meeting March 15th

Mar. 12, 2018—Higher education today is home to an increasingly diverse student population with a wide variety of needs and abilities.  This presents innumerable opportunities to enliven and enhance the intellectual dynamism of our classes and campuses.  To take full advantage of these opportunities, university educators must develop the knowledge and skills of teaching inclusively to diverse...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Non-Cents and Sensibility

Mar. 9, 2018—For their Practicum in Education Policy course, Adam Gottlieb and Caroline Kohler, created the podcast, Non-Cents and Sensibility when they found out that they both had similar interests. The team described the podcast as an overview of the various funding barriers that exist with charter schools from pre-kindergarten up to college readiness. Adam and Caroline...

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Catch up with the Leading Lines podcast

Mar. 9, 2018—In this episode, we talk with Jay Clayton, professor of English and director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. Jay teaches courses on digital media and online gaming, and he talks with Gayathri Narasimham, Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, about how he helps students...

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Brightspace Support for March

Mar. 8, 2018—If you will be asking students to submit papers electronically this semester, consider decluttering your email inbox and using a Brightspace Assignment submission folder instead. Student submissions on Brightspace are kept in an organized, time-stamped folder. Brightspace also provides convenient grading tools that allow you to easily communicate private grades and feedback to students in...

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How engaging in educational research influenced my teaching

Mar. 5, 2018—by Ryan Bowen, CFT Graduate Assistant When it came to teaching, I used to have intuitive sense about what effective instruction looked like in the classroom. I could walk into a room, deliver a lesson, facilitate an activity, and assess learning in some capacity. If my students met a certain performance standard or quantitative score...

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Come Work at the Center for Teaching!

Feb. 22, 2018—Each year the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires a number of graduate students as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several types...

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Latest Podcast Episodes on Ed Tech in Higher Education

Feb. 20, 2018—The latest pair of episodes look at the use of laptops in the classroom. Both episodes blow up the assumption that laptops are for notetaking, and they push back on that transmission model of college teaching. Both episodes also explore the use of active learning classrooms, classrooms that are outfitted with a range of educational...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Carol Ziegler

Feb. 19, 2018—Carol Ziegler I teach in Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing in the MSN and DNP programs. In my role as faculty, I have the great pleasure of teaching in a wide range of courses that focus on the development of diverse skillsets and the mixed delivery format supported by VUSN affords extensive creativity in content development...

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Celebration of Learning Provides Snapshot of Immersive Student Learning at Vanderbilt

Feb. 14, 2018—The CFT hosted a Celebration of Learning Jan. 29 that featured 34 student projects, posters and presentations from across campus. Students from six colleges and schools exhibited digital timelines, service learning projects, computer games, manufacturing equipment, podcasts, lab research and other products of their work. “The goal of the event was to provide a picture...

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