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Leading Lines Ed Tech Podcast with Ingeborg Walther

Oct. 11, 2018—This fall, two members of the Leading Lines team, working completely independently, brought interviews with university educators about shared language programs. In each case, a group of colleges and universities got together to offer online language courses. These are courses that wouldn’t have enough enrollment to run at a single institution, but across three or...

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Teaching Digital Literacies Learning Community October Conversation to Focus on Multimodal Assignments

Oct. 9, 2018—How can we design authentic, multimodal assignments that prepare students to communicate effectively through a variety of media? How can we prepare students to use digital tools not only as consumers of information, but also as producers of knowledge? Join us for a conversation on engaging students as producers of knowledge through multimodal assignments. Our...

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Brightspace Help is Available in October!

Oct. 5, 2018—Come the the CFT and get individual help duringBrightspace drop-in hours or by appointment in a one-on-one consult with one of our instructional technologists. You can also email us at Brightspace@vanderbilt.edu or check out this collection of step-by-step guides for help getting started. October Drop-in Hours Mondays  2:30pm – 4:30pm Tuesdays  9:00am – 11:00am Wednesdays  1:00pm – 3:00pm  

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Upcoming Learning Community Meetings on Understanding the Needs of International Students and Faculty

Oct. 4, 2018—This year, the CFT continues its attention to issues of teaching, difference, and power by organizing a learning community dedicated to understanding and supporting the needs of international students and faculty. The hope for the group is to have a dynamic discussion of the many issues that arise for international students and faculty in the...

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In-Class Activities for Teaching Writing

Oct. 3, 2018—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director, cross-posted from Agile Learning I’ve been teaching my first-year writing seminar on cryptography off and on since 2010, and yet I still feel like a rookie when it comes to teaching writing. I’ve learned a lot, certainly, but there always seems more to learn. That’s why I was excited about...

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Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop Oct. 4th

Oct. 2, 2018—In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome.     Date: Thursday, October 4th Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm Location:...

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A Conversation on Teaching Media Literacy

Oct. 1, 2018—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director On September 14, 2018, the Center for Teaching kicked off its new learning community on teaching digital literacies. With four panelists and a room of ready participants, we engaged in a rich, interdisciplinary conversation about the difficulties and possibilities of teaching media literacy in the...

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Vanderbilt Instructors Open Their Classroom Doors on September 24, 25, and 26

Sep. 18, 2018—Would you like to watch one of your colleagues teach to see how they manage the classroom, engage students, or address challenging subjects? Do you ever feel like you toil in private to learn how to teach? You’re not alone. Too often in higher education we instructors do not have the opportunity to watch and...

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Teaching in the context of hate speech

Aug. 21, 2018—By Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Many institutions of higher education aspire to encourage the liberal arts ideals of free speech, critical thought, and diverse perspectives so as to empower students to lead meaningful and purposeful lives, and to engage in our society as responsible citizens. This – in addition to growing campus diversification, student...

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Syllabus Statements

Aug. 20, 2018—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director It’s that time of year. Time to update the syllabus for your fall course. Or maybe create a new syllabus from scratch. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule this year, since I updated the syllabus for my first-year writing seminar last Wednesday, a full week ahead of the first...

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