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Conversations on Teaching

conversation1Conversations on Teaching focus on emergent teaching and learning issues in an informal, discussion-based format.  These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other.

Teaching Science Lunch Series

This fall, we are offering three “teaching lunches” targeted toward science faculty. Each lunch will offer faculty an opportunity to learn about approaches from the literature and to discuss their own successes and challenges with colleagues. Contact Cynthia Brame with questions.

 

 


Fostering inclusive classrooms

We all want our classrooms to be inclusive, welcoming all of our students and helping them to become part of a science-literate and science-supportive community. It can be challenging to know how to make this happen, however. In this lunch, we’ll explore several research-based practices that foster inclusive environments and examine a framework for understanding how they work.

Date: Thursday, September 21
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Stevenson Center 6333

No Registration Required


Strategies to promote self-regulated learning

Most instructors want their students to develop into self-regulated learners. Many students, however, don’t know the most effective approaches for studying and don’t have the tools they need to evaluate their own performance. In this lunch, we’ll discuss ways that faculty can help their students become more aware of effective study techniques and more reflective about their test preparation and performance.

Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Stevenson Center 6333

No Registration Required


Peer mentoring in the classroom

Instructors and graduate TAs are valuable commodities that are critical to undergraduates’ success in the classroom, but they are also limited resources. In this lunch, we’ll explore ways in which undergraduates can act as classroom-based course assistants. We’ll discuss two approaches from other institutions, termed peer-led team learning and the learning assistant model, and the potential usefulness of classroom-based undergraduate course assistants at Vanderbilt.

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Stevenson Center 6333

No Registration Required