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Course improvement grant spotlight: “Italian language enhancement for Maymester course in Rome”

Oct. 7, 2021—Chiara Sulprizio, senior lecturer in classical and Mediterranean studies, recently talked with CFT assistant director Julaine Fowlin about her Course Improvement Grant, “Italian language enhancement for Maymester course in Rome.” Chiara teaches a maymester course called, History and Art of Ancient Rome, and she takes students to Rome and Southern Italy for that month. She...

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Digital Presence: Academic Podcasting

Oct. 6, 2021—Why start a podcast as an academic? In this “Digital Presence” panel, we will learn about three academic podcasts, each with a different mission and audience. Law professor Ed Cheng is the producer of Excited Utterance, a long-running podcast featuring interviews with scholars in his research area (evidence and proof). Kate Stuart produces the Beyond...

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Celebrating the Center for Teaching’s 35th Anniversary

Sep. 30, 2021—by Derek Bruff, executive director The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching was founded in 1986. That means that we are celebrating our 35th anniversary this year! The Center for Teaching started as a small unit in the College of Arts & Science led by our founding director Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard...

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Educational advancement fund spotlight: “Improv for language learning and promoting intellectual risk-taking.”

Sep. 30, 2021—Divya Chaudhry, senior lecturer in Asian Studies recently told us about her grant from the Educational Advancement Fund, which is title, “Improv for language learning and promoting intellectual risk-taking.” Can you tell us about your project and what inspired you to do it? I seek to study the impact of improvisational theater (henceforth improv) on...

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Promoting Persistence in STEM Learning Community: Resources and Reflections

Sep. 28, 2021—STEM disciplines have long been concerned with disparities between underrepresented and well-represented student groups and the associated “pipeline” problem, where underrepresented students are more likely to switch away from STEM majors. In 2020-2021, a group of about twenty faculty from eight departments met biweekly to consider ways to address this problem individually and collectively. Members...

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Join the Online Teaching and Course Design Learning Community

Sep. 27, 2021—This learning community is for those who want to dig deeper into online course design principles in order to create excellent. Group members work together to contribute to the CFT’s Online Course Development Resources website. REGISTER

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Applications for New Round of Internal Teaching Grants Now Available

Sep. 23, 2021—The Office of the Provost established two internal funding programs in April 2021, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation. The deadline to submit for the upcoming second round of funding is October 15. Read More . . . . .

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Course improvement grant spotlight: Choral Library Modernization

Sep. 23, 2021—Tucker Biddlecombe, associate professor of choral studies and director of choral activities, recently talked with CFT assistant director Julaine Fowlin about his Course Improvement Grant, “Choral library modernization.”   The Vanderbilt library has a collection of choral music that has been kept for many years by a student organization chorus called the concert choir; this goes back...

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Join Queer Teaching, Queer Thriving: A Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching for All Educators

Sep. 23, 2021—The Center for Teaching and the K.C. Potter Center for LGBTQI Life are proud to offer a 2021-2022 learning community about ways campus educators may help LGBTQI students to thrive academically and socially. Open to all faculty, graduate students, and staff of any background, the learning community will discuss a wide variety of issues: the...

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Want to help your students avoid cheating? Consider this guide.

Sep. 22, 2021—The folks at EduMed have developed a guide to help students understand and avoid plagiarism and cheating. The title focuses on online students, but the breakdown of different forms of academic dishonesty and how to avoid them can be useful to all students. The descriptions of self-plagiarism, paraphrasing plagiarism, and mosaic plagiarism may be particularly...

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