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Teaching Workshops

These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching.


Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs..


An Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching

Are you looking for ideas for how to engage your students this spring? This workshop will provide a structured introduction to teaching in online and hybrid settings. Participants will learn principles and practices for supporting student learning asynchronously (via Brightspace and other tools) and synchronously (via Zoom).

This workshop will be particularly useful to Vanderbilt instructors who did not teach during the fall, but is open to any Vanderbilt instructor.

The workshop has two components:

  • An asynchronous component, presented in Brightspace, that shares key principles for online and hybrid teaching and models examples of how to engage students asynchronously, and
  • A synchronous component, facilitated on Zoom, that shares ideas and models examples of pedagogies for synchronous instruction in an online or hybrid course.

The asynchronous component will take 2-3 hours and is essential preparation for the 1.5 hour synchronous session.

We’re offering the synchronous session twice in January. Register for the Zoom session of your choice using the links below. Please note that each Zoom session is limited to 25 participants. About a week before the Zoom session you choose, you will receive a link to the online materials and an invitation to the Zoom session.

  • Wednesday, January 13th, 10am to 11:30am – REGISTRATION CLOSED.
  • Friday, January 15th, 12pm to 1:30pm – REGISTRATION CLOSED.

A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email. Questions? Contact Derek Bruff at derek.bruff@vanderbilt.edu.

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs


Teaching with Top Hat: Synchronous & Asynchronous Strategies

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 Hat, or you want to explore advanced features, you will find this session both practical and helpful.

  • Thursday, January 21, 10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration closed

A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs

 


Teaching with Top Hat: Interactive Textbooks

Join to explore 2021 new advancements in digital publishing and learn about how you can lower textbook costs for your students while using technology to track readership.  During this session, Natalie Sela from Top Hat will show you how you can adopt currently available customizable textbooks or author your own.

Facilitator: Natalie Sela
Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 11:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.

Registration closed

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs

 


Creating Video Assignments with GoReact

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 love to help you get started.

This Workshop is offered twice in January:

  • Friday, January 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 am  – Registration closed
  • Wednesday, January 20, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Registration closed

A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs

 


Setting Classroom Expectations

Communicating classroom expectations helps to set a strong foundation for a mutually beneficial course. This interactive workshop will cover strategies for setting clear expectations for student engagement and learning in face-to-face and online settings. This workshop is open to all Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs, and those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record are particularly encouraged to participate. Please come prepared to engage with other emerging scholars actively.

Facilitator: Ransford Pinto
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Registration closed

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs

 


Self-Compassionate Teaching: Putting on your Oxygen Mask First

The pandemic has impacted the teaching and learning experiences of both faculty and students. This interactive workshop will provide a space for faculty to pause and focus on themselves.  We will offer an overview of self-compassion and practical ways to apply it to daily life; including a facilitated discussion on how this applies to teaching. Representatives from the Student Care Network will also share helpful resources. Questions? Contact julaine.fowlin@vanderbilt.edu.

Facilitators: 

Julaine Fowlin, Assistant Director, CFT
Rebecca, Sandhu, Postdoctoral Fellow, University Counseling Center
Samantha York, Academic Skills Coach, Center for Student Wellbeing

Date: January 22, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.

Register

Open to Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, & Postdocs Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events, you will have an option to request disability accommodation when you register.

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