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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, , , , ,


Newly Revised CFT Guide on Course Design

The Understanding by Design teaching guide was recently updated by Ryan Bowen, a graduate teaching fellow at the Center for Teaching. Understanding by Design is a book written by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe that offers a framework for designing courses, content units, and lessons. The teaching guide walks readers through “backward design” which is…

Posted on June 5, 2017 in News, Resource, ,


CFT is accepting applications for an Instructional Technologist!

We’re hiring! The CFT is seeking applicants for an Instructional Technologist position. This position will support faculty, students, and staff at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system, and other online learning platforms.  The Instructional Technologist will report to the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology and work…

Posted on June 2, 2017 in News,


Top Hat Selected as Vanderbilt’s Classroom Response System

The Center for Teaching is glad to announce that the classroom response system 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. Classroom response systems are educational technologies that allow instructors to rapidly collect and…

Posted on May 23, 2017 in News


BOLD program instructional materials reach over 2500 Vanderbilt students, 65,000 others

How do you find your way to safety when you’re sailing and the GPS fails? How do you determine whether a child’s babbling indicates that her language is developing as you would expect? What effect does decreased breathing rate have on blood pH, and why? If you’re designing a heat engine and are choosing between…

Posted on May 17, 2017 in News, , , ,


CFT Celebrates Certificate in College Teaching Graduates

Congratulations to the all the participants who completed the Certificate in College Teaching, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, and the Certificate in Humanities Teaching and Learning this past year! The purpose of the certificate programs is to assist graduate students and post doctoral fellows who wish to gain a clearer,…

Posted on May 10, 2017 in News, ,


We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. Tenure-track and non-tenure track, full-time faculty who will be in their second through sixth year in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply. Fellows will participate in a series of faculty development opportunities designed to enhance their teaching and build their teaching community. They…

Posted on May 9, 2017 in News, , ,


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, ,


Creating Art in an Inclusive Classroom Environment

There’s a new piece of art hanging in the Center for Teaching: a quilt made by Nila Huddleston, a Next Steps student who took Alex Sargent’s costume design course last semester. While the quilting portion was a collaborative effort among the whole class, Nila did all of the design work and drew the animals. A…

Posted on April 27, 2017 in News