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Meeting in Tents with Students

Oct. 21, 2020—If you have been on campus lately, you may have noticed that there are more tents than one usually sees outside of Commencement week. These tents have been set up to provide more outside, socially distanced meeting space for faculty, students, and staff. Faculty and other instructors are welcome to use these tents to meet...

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New CFT Assistant Director for Graduate Programs Shares His Research Interests

Oct. 13, 2020—Yes She Can: Examining the Educational and Career Pathways of African American Women in Senior Leadership Positions in 4-Year Public Universities This qualitative study explores how Black women in senior leadership positions in 4-year public universities in the United States speak about the experiences and characteristics that contribute to their academic achievements, career advancement, and...

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All About Recording Zoom Meetings – New Guides for Faculty!

Oct. 8, 2020—Have you been wondering about recording your live class meetings? We have several new guides available on our On-Demand Resources page that will walk you through some commonly asked questions. Should I record my live class meeting? New! How can I record and share my class meetings with my students? New! How can I record...

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Call for HASTAC Scholars

Sep. 17, 2020—The Vanderbilt HASTAC network is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 HASTAC Scholars Program! Graduate students interested in learning more about digital humanities and gaining hands-on experience with DH practice are encouraged to apply. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions brought together by their shared interest...

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The Writing Studio’s Fall 2020 Teaching Writing Workshop Series

Sep. 16, 2020—For those who utilize writing as a major form of assessment, check out the Teaching Writing Workshop Series that the Writing Studio is hosting this fall! Below you will find more information about Responding to Student Writing as well as other upcoming workshops. Workshop details are also available online. All Fall 2020 workshops will take...

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CFT Announce Graduate Teaching Fellows for 2020-21

Sep. 16, 2020—L to R Abena Boakyewa-Ansah (History), Amanda Brockman (Sociology), Leah Roberts (Human & Organizational Development), and Mohammad Meerzaei (Religion) The Graduate Teaching Fellows provide a variety of services for Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional students and postdocs, including one-on-one consultations on teaching issues and professional development, syllabus and course design, interpreting and responding to student evaluations, writing teaching statements, and engaging techniques such as discussion leading, lecturing,...

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Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshops in September

Sep. 14, 2020—These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities. These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement In this workshop, we will address best practices for...

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Join a CFT Learning Community

Sep. 9, 2020—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 and Race In the midst of racist and anti-immigrant violence in the United States, and...

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From the Director

Sep. 7, 2020—This summer I marked 15 years on staff at the Center for Teaching. Looking back at those 15 years, I can’t remember any season as busy or as fulfilling as this summer. With hundreds of Vanderbilt instructors looking ahead to an uncertain fall, the Center for Teaching launched new programs to help our community prepare...

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What is click tracking? How should instructors use it to improve their courses?

Sep. 3, 2020—Click tracking refers to the ability that both instructors and students have in Brightspace to see where students have clicked within a course. This tool can be very useful for students trying to track their own progress in a course and for instructors evaluating their own course design and learning activities. However, this tool should...

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