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Brightspace Blog Full of Resources and Tips for Users

We hope you have used the on-demand resources available on our Brightspace support site, but have you also checked out the Brightspace blog recently? In addition to important information about Vanderbilt’s course management system, the blog is where we share news and tips that will help you take advantage of all that Brightspace has to…

Posted on October 20, 2017 in News,


Learning Community on Disability and Learning

This group will address a variety of principles of inclusive teaching, universal design for learning, instructional accommodations, as well as legal and cultural issues relevant to students and faculty with disabilities—inclusive of all disability sub-groups such as physical, sensory, learning, intellectual and mental health.  We also will address ableism, the history of disability rights endeavors,…

Posted on October 19, 2017 in News, ,


Thank You Open Classroom Hosts!

On September 5th and 6th the Center for Teaching hosted our program, The Open Classroom: Two Days of Teaching Visits, for the second year. The event featured 50 different hosts who graciously and bravely opened their classrooms to a total of over 75 visitors.  This gave the visitors the valuable opportunity to observe high quality…

Posted on October 15, 2017 in Events, News, , ,


Student-Produced Podcasts Panel Discussion

Podcasts have been around since the early 2000s, but the medium has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, thanks to increasing smart phone adoption and to very popular podcasts like Serial and Radiolab. Educational uses of podcasts are growing, as well. Some instructors create podcasts for use in their courses, others assign podcasts as “texts”…

Posted on October 13, 2017 in News, , ,


Apply to be a BOLD Fellow!

Want to create innovative online learning experiences? Investigate the impact of the experience on your students’ learning and share the results with colleagues? The BOLD Fellows program helps graduate students from all disciplines design and develop online learning experiences, from building online learning modules to fostering online spaces for their students to interact. Each Fellow…

Posted on October 11, 2017 in News, , ,


Junior Faculty Spotlight: Michiru Lowe

Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month Michiru Lowe of Asian Studies talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. I have previously taught at Japanese schools in Japan and New Jersey from school age children to senior community members before I came to Vanderbilt. At any…

Posted on October 10, 2017 in News, , ,


Latest Podcast Episodes on Ed Tech in Higher Education

In the latest episode of Leading Lines, we talk with Elizabeth Self, a teacher educator at Vanderbilt University in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Stacey Johnson, Assistant Director for Educational Technology at the Center for Teaching, talked with Liz about her clinical simulation project, in which preservice teachers role-play with actors the kinds…

Posted on October 9, 2017 in News,


Introduction to Top Hat

If you think you might want to incorporate polling in your class, then this demo session is for you! In this web-based introductory session, Kara Dingboom, Vanderbilt’s Enterprise Account Manager at Top Hat, will help you become familiar with the basic functions and features of the product and answer any questions you have about moving…

Posted on October 8, 2017 in News,


TAO Refresh: Drop-in for an hour or stay all afternoon!

Did you just participate in Teaching Assistant Orientation this year and want to dig deeper with the basics of being a TA?  Are you resuming your TA duties this year and would like a refresher about best practices in teaching? Have you been a TA for a while, but would like to hone what you’ve…

Posted on October 6, 2017 in News, , ,


Mid-Semester Student Feedback

The feedback students provide about your teaching on their end-of-semester course evaluations can be valuable in helping you improve and refine your teaching.  Soliciting mid-semester student feedback has the additional benefit of allowing you to hear your students’ concerns while there is still time in the semester to make appropriate changes.  A Small Group Analysis…

Posted on September 26, 2017 in News,