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Teaching at Vanderbilt New Faculty Orientation is Thursday, August 17th

At the beginning of every academic year, the Center for Teaching hosts “Teaching at Vanderbilt,” an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt. The orientation features an introduction to strategies for launching a successful teaching career at Vanderbilt, with concurrent sessions on a variety of practical topics. Teaching at Vanderbilt is an opportunity…

Posted on August 10, 2017 in Events, , ,


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Classroom Response System Friday, August 11th

Top Hat is a “bring your own device” (BYOD) classroom response system that makes use of students’ personal mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) as response devices. BYOD systems offer a number of logistical and pedagogical advantages over traditional, “clicker”-based systems. Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide and is now…

Posted on August 7, 2017 in Events, , ,


Vanderbilt Instructors Open Their Classoom Doors on September 5th and 6th

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…

Posted on August 4, 2017 in Events, ,


Top Hat Training Opportunity This Week!

Thursday, June 15th 10:00 am Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and staff across campus starting July 2017.  Instructors teaching with “clickers” are invited to consider Top Hat for in-class student polling. In this web-based introductory session, Kara Dingboom,…

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Events, , ,


Reflections from the Teaching Difference, and Power Symposium: Class Matters

On April 25th, the CFT hosted a Teaching, Difference, and Power symposium focused on the ways teaching and learning can be shaped or challenged by social class.  This was as an event to celebrate and extend discussions that took place over the Fall and Spring of a CFT learning community on social class. About thirty…

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Events, News, ,


Summer Intensive Grad and Postdoc Programs at the CFT

The Center for Teaching is happy to announce that we are offering two Summer Intensive programs this May for Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs.  The first Summer Intensive program is for the Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning (CHTL) and is open to humanities graduate students and postdocs.  Similar to our academic year-long version of the CHTL,…

Posted on April 20, 2017 in Events, , , ,


Course Design Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Many graduate students do not get the opportunity to design their own syllabi or design and organize their courses. This workshop has been developed to assist graduate students in being more aware and intentional about how to design a course and syllabus overall. The workshop will include feedback from faculty in various departments about their thought…

Posted on April 10, 2017 in Events, , ,


Teaching Difference, and Power Symposium: Class Matters

This year, the Center for Teaching hosted a learning community of faculty and graduate students focused on social class, particularly the challenges faced by lower income and first generation students in the classroom, and class-conscious methods of teaching. On April 25th, join the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching for an end-of-year symposium in which we’ll share…

Posted on April 5, 2017 in Events, , ,


Assessment, Implicit Bias, and the Impact on Student Learning, Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Implicit bias, in its simplest form, describes prejudicial judgment that affects social behavior. Despite its relatively unconscious nature, it is still possible to identify specific attitudes that reflect our predispositions toward socially marginalized groups. In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which implicit bias, when left unchecked, can adversely affect our teaching and…

Posted on March 20, 2017 in Events, News, , , , ,


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

In these hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s new course management system, Brightspace. Bring your own laptop computer so you can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the session, users will be able to: Confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course Post, edit, and copy content…

Posted on March 14, 2017 in Events, News,