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What makes group work work?

by Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director We’ve all been there: victims of unproductive and frustrating group work. Perhaps an instructor poses a question, tells us to turn to our neighbor and discuss it, and we all sit silently…because the answer’s obvious and there’s nothing to discuss. Or perhaps we have an end-of-semester project to develop,…

Posted on September 2, 2015 in News, Resource, , , ,


Making the most out of educational videos

by Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Assistant Director Faculty Focus recently released the results of a survey on the flipped classroom, reporting that approximately three quarters of the >1000 respondents had tried flipping the classroom—and that most of them (>60%) found the experience positive for themselves and their students. While about three-fourths of the respondents found…

Posted on August 31, 2015 in News, Resource, , ,


Peer review of teaching with a helping hand from the CFT

by Cynthia Brame, Assistant Director  Peer review is a cornerstone of the way that academics build new knowledge, helping to ensure high quality research that moves fields forward. Peer review of teaching can be a valuable tool for much the same reasons it is valuable for research. It can help departments and individuals reflect on…

Posted on August 11, 2015 in News, Resource, , , ,


Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM” is a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives of university teaching centers.  As previously mentioned,…

Posted on June 4, 2015 in Resource, , , ,


Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM” is a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives of university teaching centers.  As previously mentioned,…

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Resource, , , ,


CFT Teaching Guides Week: Day 5

Day 5: Feminist Pedagogy In mid-February, the CFT hosted a committed group of graduate student instructors from different disciplines along with Graduate Teaching Fellow, Benjamin Galina, and former Assistant Director, Nancy Chick, to participate in a collaborative write-a-thon on feminist pedagogy. Those graduate student instructors, all of whom had expressed interest in feminist pedagogy in…

Posted on May 22, 2015 in News, Resource,


CFT Teaching Guides Week: Day 4

Day 4: Peer Review of Teaching Today’s featured guide is fresh off the presses (so to speak) and is making its debut today on the CFT website: Peer Review of Teaching.  Written by CFT Assistant Director, Dr. Joe Bandy, this teaching guide establishes a framework for talking about and engaging in peer review in teaching…

Posted on May 21, 2015 in News, Resource,


Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM” is a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives of university teaching centers.  As previously mentioned,…

Posted on May 21, 2015 in Resource, , , ,


CFT Teaching Guides Week: Day 3

Day 3: Keeping Stress from Evolving into Distress: A Guide on Managing Student Stress through Course Design If there can be one college experience that can be applied to all students, it is called stress.  Whether students have to pull an all-nighter to finish an essay or they have to navigate taking coursework from various…

Posted on May 20, 2015 in News, Resource,


CFT Teaching Guides Week: Day 2

Day 2: Teaching Students with Disabilities Students of all abilities and backgrounds want classrooms that are inclusive and convey respect. For those students with disabilities, the classroom setting may present certain challenges that need accommodation and consideration. – “Teaching Students with Disabilities” CFT Teaching Guide   Today’s featured teaching guide is “Teaching Students with Disabilities“,…

Posted on May 19, 2015 in News, Resource, ,