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Teaching in the context of hate speech

Aug. 21, 2018—By Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Many institutions of higher education aspire to encourage the liberal arts ideals of free speech, critical thought, and diverse perspectives so as to empower students to lead meaningful and purposeful lives, and to engage in our society as responsible citizens. This – in addition to growing campus diversification, student...

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Save the date! The Open Classroom will be September 24-26

Aug. 20, 2018—Vanderbilt Instructors Open Their Classroom Doors on September 24, 25 and 26 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...

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CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2018 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Aug. 14, 2018—Left to Right: Leon Bellan (Mechanical Engineering), Sophie Bjork-James (Anthropology), Brandon Byrd (History), Joshua Caldwell (Mechanical Engineering), Ashley Carse (Human and Organizational Development), Susan Douglas (Leadership, Policy and Organizations), Issam Eido (Religious Studies), Uttam Ghosh (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Kejia Hu (Owen), Taylor Johnson (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Neil Kelley (Earth & Environmental...

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Grad and Postdoc Programs at the CFT

Aug. 13, 2018—Two Center for Teaching programs for graduate students and postdocs are now taking registrations for the fall. Each program consists of a seminar and a practicum, and each lasts two semesters.   The first program is the Certificate in College Teaching (CiCT). This program focuses on the research on how people learn as well as...

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August Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

Aug. 10, 2018—In our hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s course management system, Brightspace. In addition to these workshops, you can get individual help during drop-in hours at the CFT or by appointment in a one-on-one consult with one of our instructional technologists. Email us at Brightspace@vanderbilt.edu or check out this collection of step-by-step guides for help getting started. Workshops topic...

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Be part of one of the new or continuing learning communities at the CFT

Aug. 9, 2018—The Center for Teaching hosts a number of learning communities, intended for members of Vanderbilt’s teaching community interested in meeting over time to develop deeper understandings and richer practices around particular teaching and learning topics.  This year’s learning communities are: Teaching, Difference, and Power: Empowering International Students and Faculty This year, the CFT continues its...

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Make your Brightspace course homepage work for you!

Aug. 7, 2018—When you (or your students) first click on a course from the main landing page in Brightspace, the default first page is a homepage that has the announcements tool and the calendar tool pre-loaded. However, the default is not your only option. In fact, you have quite a bit of control over what your students see...

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From the CFT Stacks: Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment

Jul. 25, 2018—Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment: The Global Relevance of Critical and Inclusive Pedagogies in Higher Education Edited by: Frank Tuitt, Chayla Haynes and Saran Stewart Faculty and administrators in higher education around the world are becoming aware of the need to address the systemic practices and barriers that contribute to inequitable educational outcomes of...

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Newly Revised CFT Guide on Creating Accessible Learning Environments

Jul. 19, 2018—Graduate Teaching Fellow, Amie Thurber, along with Assistant Director Joe Bandy, have prepared a newly updated teaching guide for creating inclusive and accessible higher education classrooms. While it is first and foremost designed to help instructors in their efforts to create inclusive equality for disabled students, it has content that will help all students access,...

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Teaching at Vanderbilt New Faculty Orientation is Thursday, August 16th

Jul. 16, 2018—  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...

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