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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.

Teaching Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, large group discussion, small group activities, and times for individual reflection.


Fall 2016 Teaching Workshops

Graduate Student Workshop:
Assessment, Implicit Bias, and the Impact on Student Learning

mcbride-fisherImplicit bias, in its simplest form, describes prejudicial judgment that affects social behavior. Despite its relatively unconscious nature, it is still possible to identify specific attitudes that reflect our predispositions toward socially marginalized groups. In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which implicit bias, when left unchecked, can adversely affect our teaching and the outcomes of student assessments. Participants will collaborate with one another to formulate best practices for detecting implicit bias and adopting fair assessment measures. 

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Location: Center for Teaching

Facilitators: Alexis McBride and Michael R. Fisher, Jr.


Graduate Student Workshop:
Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement


In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome.



Thursday, September 29th
3:00-4:30pm, CFT Classroom
Facilitators: Lydia Bentley and Alexis McBride, Graduate Teaching Fellows

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Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) Workshop

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Many traditional assessment techniques measure what students know about language, not what students can do with language. In this introduction to IPA (Integrated Performance Assessment), we will explore how to use the three modes of communication as a framework for evaluating student progress towards learning goals. Even if you are not ready to ditch your current framework for designing instruction and assessing learning, IPA can be a useful supplement to existing units and assessments.

As this is a workshop, please bring a unit plan or a chapter from a textbook with you to rework using IPA! All Instructors, all teaching experience levels are welcome.

Tuesday, October 4th
12:30-3:30pm, Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd floor, Flex space
Facilitators: Vivian Finch, Assistant Director & Stacey M. Johnson, Assistant Director, CFT

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