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Fall Courses Available on Brightspace

Fall courses are now available on Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. Brightspace can be used to share course resources with students, communicate with students and engage them in discussion, administer quizzes and other assignments, and provide students with feedback on their learning. Faculty are invited to prepare their courses on brightspace.vanderbilt.edu and activate them…

Posted on August 17, 2017 in News


CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2017 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Brett Byrum (Biomedical Engineering), Christopher Caldelaria (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Teresa Dunleavy (Teaching & Learning), Nicolette Kostiw (Center for Latin American Studies), Kanah Lewallen (Nursing), Shihong Lin (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michiru Lowe (Asian Studies), Sara Mayeux (Law), Natasha McClure (Nursing), Marzia Milazzo (English), Mary Lauren Pfieffer (Nursing), Jannyse Starks (Nursing), Claudine…

Posted on August 16, 2017 in News, , ,


Teaching, Difference, and Power

Teaching after Charlottesville

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director This weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, saw hateful and bigoted speech turn into deadly violence. As classes at Vanderbilt resume this month, these events will be on the minds of students and faculty returning to campus. They’re certainly on my mind. I think of my visit to the University of…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in News, , , ,


Teaching with Blogs: A Leading Lines Interview with Humberto Garcia

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m happy to announce the start of Season 3 of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology co-produced by the Center for Teaching. Our new season launches with an interview with Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. I met Humberto several years ago…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in News, , , , ,


CFT Announces New Graduate Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Sara Beck (Psychological Sciences), Justin Hubbard (History), Kylie Korsnack (English), and AmieThurber (Human & Organizational Development) The Center for Teaching is excited to announce the Graduate Teaching Fellows for 2017-18. GTFs provide a variety of services for Vanderbilt’s graduate, post docs and professional students, including one-on-one consultations on teaching issues and professional development, syllabus and course…

Posted on August 14, 2017 in News,


From the Director

My daughters and I spent a few days in Washington, DC, this summer. One highlight of the trip was watching my nine-year-old explore the National Building Museum. She likes to build dollhouses out of cereal boxes and craft sticks and hot glue, so a museum devoted to the built environment was her happy place. It…

Posted on August 9, 2017 in News, ,


New Faculty Learning Community for Environmental Course Development

Proposals are invited from faculty who wish to participate in a learning community at the Center for Teaching in 2017-2018 focused on course design for new courses in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor. Our plan is to have five meetings over the course of the year, culminating in a final celebration of the minor…

Posted on August 8, 2017 in News, ,


HASTAC Scholars program now accepting applications!

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions brought together by their shared interest in the intersections of digital media, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, science, technology, and the arts. Up to nine Vanderbilt University graduate students will be appointed as HASTAC Scholars. Scholars will be matched to…

Posted on June 29, 2017 in News, Resource, , ,


Learn about Top Hat, Vanderbilt’s NEW Classroom Response System

Tuesday, June 27th 2-3pm If you have previously used TurningPoint or another classroom response system and plan to incorporate polling in your class this fall, then this demo session is for you! Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and…

Posted on June 20, 2017 in News, , ,


One BOLD-Fellows Journey from Cellular Platelet Biologist to Discovery Science Educator

by Kendra Oliver, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension and former CFT BOLD Fellow Only a few days after my graduation with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, I had the opportunity to attend the BOLD Fellows annual presentation session. Over the next hour, I heard from Fellows from many different disciplines describe innovating…

Posted on June 8, 2017 in News, , , , ,