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Get Help with Brightspace in November

Nov. 9, 2018—Come the the CFT and get individual help during Brightspace 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.   November Drop-in Hours Mondays 2:30pm – 4:30pm Tuesdays 9:00am –...

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Online Communities: Teaching Digital Literacies Learning Community

Nov. 8, 2018—How can we encourage students to engage in civil and respective dialogue in digital environments? How can we help our students learn to contribute productively to online communities? Join us for a conversation on teaching students to particpate in online communities at the Center for Teaching on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:30pm....

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Faculty Workshop Hybrid/Online Teaching: Presence & Interaction Online

Nov. 7, 2018—Are you interested in creating meaningful learning experiences as part of your current or future online or hybrid course, but not sure where to start? A few practical tools can help ease the transition to online teaching. Come explore online teaching strategies in this workshop designed for a range of experience levels–from those just thinking...

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November Learning Community Meeting: Classroom Challenges

Nov. 6, 2018—Join a dynamic discussion of the many issues that arise for international students and faculty in the U.S. classroom, and the teaching approaches that may help both to thrive. The learning community meetings involve informal discussions of pedagogical readings, teaching challenges, and practical strategies for improving our teaching and learning. Topics include but are not limited to…...

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Writing as a Design Process: Teaching Design Thinking Learning Community

Nov. 2, 2018—There are some interesting parallels between human-centered design and writing. Just as designers use empathy to understand who they’re designing for, writers try to understand and connect with their audience. And just as writing involves brainstorming and revision, designing involves ideation and prototyping. Join us for a conversation on writing as a design process with...

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Education as a Design Process

Nov. 1, 2018—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director At the October meeting of the CFT’s “Teaching Design Thinking” learning community, Peabody’s Kristen Neal and Melissa Gresalfi shared their experiences teaching in Vanderbilt’s Learning and Design M.Ed. program. Students in this accelerated program spend ten months taking classes and working in teams with local partners, including schools and other...

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Student/Postdoc Workshop: Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement

Oct. 31, 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: Friday, November 2 Time: 11:00-12:30 pm...

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Ed Tech Podcast Features Gabriele Dillmann

Oct. 29, 2018—In this episode, we feature an interview Stacey Johnson conducted for her podcast, We Teach Languages, with Gabriele Dillmann, associate professor of German at Denison University, a small liberal arts college in Ohio. Gabriele is the director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Shared Languages Program. The program features language courses taught at one school in the consortium that...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Brenda McKenzie

Oct. 25, 2018—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Brenda McKenzie, Leadership, Policy and Organizations, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests As a faculty member in the Higher Education Administration (HEA) program, I teach the core courses in the student affairs track, focusing on theories of student development and the practice...

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Strategies that Stick: Memorable Moments that Enhance Student Motivation

Oct. 22, 2018—Meet the newest assistant director at the CFT, Dr. Heather Fedesco! Prior to Vanderbilt, Heather served as the Mellon Pedagogy Researcher at Colorado College where she spent two years conducting research on student motivation.   Please join us as Heather shares some of her research exploring the teaching strategies that students find memorable and motivating...

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