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Learning Online with Social Annotation

Jul. 26, 2021—This spring CFT executive director Derek Bruff experimented with the social annotation tool Perusall in his first-year writing seminar. Perusall allowed him to share a variety of course materials with students, including news articles, podcast episodes, and YouTube video, and to invite students to annotate those texts collaboratively. He used the tool in several different...

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The CFT Thanks Our Graduate Teaching Fellows!

Jun. 23, 2021—L to R:  Abena Boakyewa-Ansah (History), Amanda Brockman (Sociology), Leah Roberts (Human & Organizational Development), and Mohammad Meerzaei (Religion) We want to thank our 2020-2021 Graduate Teaching Fellows for their leadership, commitment to teaching values, and completing their 12 months fellowship. As we faced an unprecedented year with new teaching challenges, our incredible Fellows created various resources and...

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CFT Celebrates Certificate in College Teaching Graduates

Jun. 22, 2021—Congratulations to all the 54 graduate students and postdocs who completed the Certificate in College Teaching this spring! The Certificate in College Teaching (CiCT), co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, prepares Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs who wish to develop and refine their teaching skills. The certificate focuses on the research...

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CFT offers new guide for writing science exams

Mar. 26, 2021—Are you a scientist who uses timed exams in your course? Would you like to know some research-based recommendations for making your exams more valid, effective, and equitable? If the answer to both those questions is yes, check out our new guide for writing science exams. Put together by a learning community of scientists striving...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Diana Heney

Mar. 18, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei Teaching Students, Coaching Thinkers: Diana Heney, Assistant Professor in Philosophy Dr. Diana Heney joined the Department of Philosophy in Fall 2019. Having been a coach before starting her teaching career, her teaching has been formed around the idea of helping people discover their potentialities and ways to actualize them. In an interview...

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New Blog Series Asks Faculty to Share What Practices They Will Carry Forward in Post-pandemic Teaching

Mar. 15, 2021—With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting shift to alternative modes of instruction, faculty and other instructors had to practice a form of adaptive teaching to meet the learning needs of their students. As the fall semester came to a close, CFT graduate teaching fellow Mohammad Meerzaei interviewed faculty members from across the campus...

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Transform your teaching with Perusall with Eric Mazur

Mar. 10, 2021—Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Through Perusall, we will demonstrate how...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Mark Schoenfield

Mar. 8, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei A Pedagogic Asset Created: Dr. Mark Schoenfield, Professor of English Dr. Mark Schoenfield is a professor of English and a recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Humanities. His transition to online teaching meant rethinking his method of course design, building new creative assignments, and engaging more...

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Goal-driven Course Design Refined by Data on Students’ Learning: A Case Study

Mar. 3, 2021—Goal-driven course design refined by data on students’ learning is a cornerstone of CFT philosophy and practice. Ethan Joll, a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, offers a compelling description of his own data- and goal-driven course design for a section of TA Orientation. It’s a fantastic case study that highlights the value of gathering information from...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Meredyth Wegener

Mar. 2, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei ‘Oxford Hours’: Time to Re-Establish the Class as a Community:                                    Dr. Meredyth Wegener, Senior Lecturer and Director of Honors in Neuroscience Dr. Meredyth Wegener has travelled an exciting path with online teaching in the time...

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