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Open Education Week Features Talk by Christina Hendricks

Feb. 18, 2019—As part of Open Education Week, the Vanderbilt Libraries are hosting an event on Friday, February 22nd, exploring students as producers of open digital content. Christina Hendricks, professor of philosophy and academic director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver, will give a talk titled “Open Educational Practices:...

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Developing a Written Diversity Statement Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Feb. 11, 2019—In this workshop, we will discuss evidence-based practices for writing a diversity statement for the academic job market. Increasingly, universities and colleges are requesting that faculty job applicants provide a statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence in their professional lives. Sometimes, a job ad will request that applicants address diversity in...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Leon Bellan

Feb. 8, 2019—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Leon Bellan, Mechanical Engineering, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. My research focuses on developing scalable fabrication techniques for making microfluidic materials with unique properties. We use these microfluidic materials for biomedical, structural, and energy related applications, keeping...

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Come Work at the Center for Teaching!

Feb. 7, 2019—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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“Students as Producers” Course Design Institutes for Faculty and Graduate Students

Feb. 6, 2019—The CFT invites Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students to apply to its 2019 Course Design Institutes on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three institutes in May, participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. Short videos created to explain computer algorithms....

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A Conversation on Teaching Collaborations and Digital Literacies

Feb. 5, 2019—The next conversation in our “teaching digital literacies” series is coming up in two weeks! Helping our students develop digital literacies often involves moving outside our own areas of expertise–and comfort zones. How can we collaborate with others to teach students skills that we ourselves are still learning? Join us for a conversation on collaborations...

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Teaching 101: Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Feb. 1, 2019—Have you been thrust into an instructional role for which you feel unprepared? Are you a multi-semester teacher who wants a refresher on some of the basics? Regardless of your teaching experience, this workshop will provide practical, concrete guidance on the mechanics of teaching and classroom presence, with an eye towards small tweaks and adjustments...

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VandyVox, the Best of Student-Produced Audio at Vanderbilt University

Jan. 31, 2019—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I am very excited to announce a new podcast from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Vanderbilt Student Media! VandyVox showcases the best of student-produced audio at Vanderbilt University. Each episode features student work from a curricular or co-curricular project, including audio documentaries, radio dramas, spoken word essays, and ongoing...

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Top Hat Week Is Here!

Jan. 28, 2019—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director It’s Top Hat Week at Vanderbilt! What does that mean? Well, we’re encouraging everyone teaching a class at Vanderbilt this week to try Top Hat, Vanderbilt’s in-class polling system. You can use Top Hat to pose a multiple-choice or free-response question to your students and have them respond using their...

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Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement: Revising Your Draft Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Jan. 28, 2019—After attending the Creating Your Draft workshop, this Revising Your Draft workshop will allow participants to get feedback on their teaching philosophy statement. This session will include a quick review of best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market, however most of the time will be spent peer reviewing each other’s...

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