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Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop: Teaching 101

Mar. 9, 2020—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 that can have...

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Teaching History: A Conversation with William Caferro

Feb. 12, 2020—The Center for Teaching is honored to host a conversation with William Caferro, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of History and Interim Director of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, regarding his new book, Teaching History (Wiley Blackwell). This will be an informal and participatory dialogue for anyone interested in teaching history, with many insights from the journey William took to...

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Celebration of Learning: An Exhibition of Students as Producers

Feb. 10, 2020—This Thursday,  February 13, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature students from all over campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered. Drop in between 2 and 4pm on the second floor of Alumni Hall for a picture of deep learning across the colleges and...

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Three Upcoming Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshops

Feb. 3, 2020—Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement 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: Tuesday, February 4th Time: 12:30-2:00 pm Location: CFT...

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From the Director

Feb. 3, 2020—It’s February, which means it’s time for the CFT’s annual Celebration of Learning! This is one of my favorite events of the year, an exhibition of student projects from around campus. The CFT staff and I often help faculty take a “Students as Producers” approach to their course and assignment design, and it’s exciting to see the fruits of...

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The Traveling Stanzas: Poets for Science

Jan. 31, 2020—The Traveling Stanzas is an interactive exhibit that will be on display in the lobby of Buttrick Hall from Monday, Feb 3rd at 12 pm until Wednesday, Feb 5th at 4PM.  The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University has driven innovation and generated national distinction for over three decades through its award-winning Traveling Stanzas project,...

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Town Hall: Branches from the Same Tree: The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education

Jan. 30, 2020—On Feb 4th in the Student Life Center, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine  and Vanderbilt University will hold a Town Hall – Branches from the Same Tree: The integration of the humanities and arts with science, engineering, and medicine in higher education.  The town hall will be held on Feb 4th with a...

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Celebration of Learning 2020: An Exhibition of Students as Producers

Jan. 13, 2020—On February 13, 2020, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature students from all over campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered, providing the Vanderbilt community with a picture of deep learning across the colleges and schools. We are inviting faculty...

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Faster grading for free response assignments? Yes, please!

Jan. 10, 2020—Gradescope is an online, FERPA compliant grading tool that professors can use to grade handwritten exams, typed homework assignments, lab reports and more. Gradescope works well for many types of questions: paragraphs, proofs, diagrams, fill-in-the-blank and true/false to name a few. If your students can upload a pdf of their work, you and your team...

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Journal club: Understanding good practices for fostering undergraduate research

Jan. 7, 2020—Many faculty consider undergraduate research to be the pinnacle of an undergraduate career, and departments across Vanderbilt provide opportunities for students to pursue a variety of research. As Immersion Vanderbilt matures, this commitment is only likely to grow. How do we foster productive research experiences for our students? What are good practices for helping students...

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