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Need Help Using Brightspace as you Plan for Fall Classes?

Jul. 9, 2018—As you prepare your fall courses, keep in mind all of the Brightspace resources we offer here at the Center for Teaching. If you prefer to peruse our on-demand resources on your own, we have a growing list of frequently asked questions that include step-by-step instructions and screenshots. If you want to sit down with...

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From the CFT Stacks

Jun. 20, 2018—The Power of Integrated Learning by William M. Sullivan This book makes a case for an approach that combines the strengths of liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility in order to give students the combination of skills and experience that will prepare them for success in all aspects of life after graduation. The author...

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Workshop Collaboration Leads to New CFT Teaching Guide: Developing and Writing a Diversity Statement

Jun. 18, 2018—In April, The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching partnered with The Office of Inclusive Excellence and The Office for Career Development at The Graduate School to provide an introductory workshop on developing a written diversity statement. The session was facilitated by Graduate Teaching Fellow Sara Beck and CFT Assistant Director Joe Bandy and featured a Q&A...

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Apply to be a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow!

Apr. 23, 2018—The CFT is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. The  program is designed to help you: Learn from the teaching experiences of colleagues Develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your teaching over time Build a teaching community at Vanderbilt Learn to balance and integrate your teaching...

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Teaching Opportunity for STEM Post Docs

Apr. 16, 2018—            Citizen Science at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY is seeking instructors for January 2019. Citizen Science is an innovative program designed to provide opportunities for students in their first year of college to develop their personal science literacy through hands-on, real-world coursework and projects. We ask… What does it...

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Brightspace Support for April

Apr. 3, 2018—Have you tried grading papers on Brightspace yet? Of the five available grading options, two of our favorites are the D2L grader app and the bulk download tool which allow you to mark up papers either on your iPad or using Word tools like comments and track changes. Grading on Brightspace allows instructors to communicate...

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Listen to the latest Leading Lines podcast with Melissa Mallon

Mar. 13, 2018—In this episode, we feature an interview with one of our own. Melissa Mallon, director of the Peabody Library and director of liaison and instruction services here at Vanderbilt, has a new book out, and my Center for Teaching colleague Stacey Johnson had a lively conversation with Melissa about the book. Part of Melissa’s work...

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Rethinking the Presentation of the Teaching Guide

Feb. 11, 2018—by Ryan Bowen, CFT Graduate Assistant When we try a new teaching approach, we may have a sense that there is research that can help us make choices about how to implement it. Often, however, it can be a challenge to find that research. What journals is it found in? What are the right terms...

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Brightspace Support Hours for January

Jan. 9, 2018—We hope you have used the on-demand resources available on our Brightspace support site, but have you also checked out the Brightspace blog recently? In addition to important information about Vanderbilt’s course management system, the blog is where we share news and tips that will help you take advantage of all that Brightspace has to...

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Technological Tools and Methods for Teaching Premodern Japanese Materials: Bryan Lowe

Nov. 28, 2017—A blog series by Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Religious Traditions of Japan and Korea     At the Association of Asian Studies Annual meeting this past March, I organized a roundtable entitled: “Digital Pedagogy for the Analog Past: Technological Tools and Methods for Teaching Premodern Japanese Materials.” The idea was to have...

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