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Creating Effective, Equitable Assessments for Online Courses: An On-demand Resource

Oct. 19, 2020—In the transition to online education many educators have been concerned about how to assess student learning in ways that are engaging, creative, fair, and equitable.  Not only do students demonstrate widely differing resources and aptitudes for online learning that raise concerns about equity, but online technologies present instructors with many challenges in assessing students...

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New vlog series: Teaching programming online

Oct. 12, 2020—Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science, and Jules White, Associate Professor of Computer Science, are creating a video blog (vlog) series on “Teaching Programming Online.” Schmidt says they were inspired by a CFT-sponsored webinar in August that drew about 25 Vanderbilt faculty members, demonstrating substantial local interest that suggests there may be broader...

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iDesign Support for Assessments and Spring Courses

Oct. 9, 2020—A message from our partners at iDesign: Vanderbilt Faculty, We understand your teaching and learning needs are changing. iDesign is here to support you. Here are a couple of ways we can help: Assignments, Assessments, and Proctoring  iDesign is here to help you create assignments and discuss best practices for offering assessments in an online format....

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Wanting Mid-semester Feedback?

Sep. 28, 2020—It is always a good idea to check in with our students about how a course is going during the middle of the semester, and that will be more true than ever this fall. We at the Center for Teaching can help with our Small Group Analysis (SGA) process, which we have modified to work...

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Teaching with Perusall and Social Annotation – Highlights from a Conversation

Sep. 23, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director This summer, hundreds of participants in the Center for Teaching’s Online Course Design Institute had the chance to use a social annotation tool as part of their experience in the institute. My CFT colleagues and I asked participants to read a few articles about online teaching and annotate them collaboratively, first...

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Instructional Design Consultations through iDesign

Sep. 21, 2020—Vanderbilt University has partnered with the instructional design firm iDesign to make available a number of services to help faculty and other instructors prepare for online and hybrid teaching this fall. iDesign learning specialists are on-hand to assist with your course design and teaching effectiveness questions. If you have a question relating how to best...

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Teaching in a Hybrid Classroom – What’s Working, What’s Not

Sep. 11, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director For some instructors, the classroom looks very different this fall. Some of their students are in the classroom, but masked and physically distanced. Some of their students are participating remotely during class via Zoom. Prior to this fall, no one had taught in these conditions. The Center for Teaching staff put...

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Upcoming Conversations on Teaching

Sep. 3, 2020—These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other in an informal, discussion-based format.   Teaching in a Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classroom For some instructors, the classroom looks very different this fall. Some of their students are in the classroom, but masked...

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Brightspace and Teaching Focused Workshops for the Fall

Sep. 2, 2020—We have several Brightspace and online teaching focused workshops lined up for September. Offerings include: Grades and Feedback in Brightspace Participants in this workshop will learn how to organize their gradebook and about the range of tools available in Brightspace to make grading and feedback more efficient and effective. September 2, 12:00-1:30pm. REGISTER Assignments in...

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Teaching Assistants’ Roles and Responsibilities During COVID-19

Aug. 20, 2020—By Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2020-2021 and Heather N. Fedesco, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching As new Teaching Assistant Orientation comes to an end this week, it is helpful to think through the roles and responsibilities graduate teaching assistants (TAs) may now face in their entirely online or hybrid with physical distancing...

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