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Brightspace Workshops

Jan. 25, 2021—CFT staff offer Brightspace workshops for instructors interested in learning how to use Brightspace tools effectively and efficiently. We are also available during the academic year to facilitate Brightspace workshops on topics both general and specific for departments, programs, and schools, upon request. Email brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about these offerings or the possibility of an invited...

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Upcoming Workshop: Creating Video Assignments with GoReact

Jan. 14, 2021—During this session, a Kelly Fitzgerald from GoReact will teach you the basics of GoReact and demonstrate different ways you can use GoReact to create assignments. If you’ve used GoReact before, come and learn more ways to use this tool. If you’re simply interested in learning more, or considering using it during the upcoming semester, we’d...

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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching with Top Hat: Interactive Textbooks

Jan. 13, 2021—Come explore some advanced features of Top Hat and learn about how you can host your e-textbook on Top Hat. During this session, Natalie Sela from Top Hat will show you how you can author your own e-textbook for your course and also make it available to others using Top Hat’s Content Marketplace. Facilitator: Natalie Sela Date: Thursday, January...

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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching with Top Hat: Synchronous & Asynchronous Strategies

Jan. 12, 2021—The folks at Top Hat have identified specific strategies to build community and engage students in online and hybrid courses. Erin Vaianisi from Top Hat will share ideas about how best to incorporate Top Hat into your class, demonstrate the platform’s newest features, and answer your questions. If you are simply Interested in learning more about Top...

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Brightspace Workshops

Jan. 11, 2021—CFT staff offer Brightspace workshops for instructors interested in learning how to use Brightspace tools effectively and efficiently. We are also available during the academic year to facilitate Brightspace workshops on topics both general and specific for departments, programs, and schools, upon request. Email brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about these offerings or the possibility of an invited...

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Overcoming the “busywork” dilemma

Jan. 11, 2021—by Julaine Fowlin, CFT assistant director What is the busywork dilemma? The busywork dilemma is where students perceive that assigned learning activities or assessments are not meaningfully contributing to their learning. Instructors put a lot of effort and time into the design and implementation of these activities, which can be very frustrating. Sometimes activities are...

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CFT Now Offers Instructional Design Consultations

Jan. 8, 2021—The Center for Teaching is pleased to offer instructional design consultations to the Vanderbilt teaching community. Julaine Fowlin, assistant director for instructional design, is available to consult with instructors on the design of online courses, moving an existing course online, or the development of online programs. As an instructional designer, Julaine collaborates with faculty and...

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Lessons from teaching in Fall 2020: what to keep, what to ditch, and what to change

Dec. 18, 2020—by Cynthia Brame, CFT associate director This fall, I got the opportunity to teach online for the first time. I had been thinking about online teaching for several years because of my work in developing Vanderbilt’s BOLD (Blended and Online Learning Design) Fellows program.  But although I read about, thought about, and helped others with online teaching,...

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Instructional Design Consultations through iDesign

Dec. 17, 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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Spring Journal Club: Investigating Student Learning

Dec. 15, 2020—In this journal club we will explore different approaches that college instructors can use to investigate how and what our students are learning. We will discuss research articles that illustrate how a range of methods can be used to understand our teaching and our students’ learning, considering benefits and limitations of the methods for answering...

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