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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.

 


Microaggressions Teaching Workshop

lydia-bentleyAmie Thurber

When teaching, it is almost guaranteed that microaggressions will take place. These seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression can deleteriously effect the teaching-learning environment, our students, and ourselves. As common as microaggressions are, it is equally common that educators are at times unsure of the best way to intervene, particularly in ways that maintain effective relationships with students and/or colleagues. Further, typical best practices for intervening assume the responder’s position as bystander, ignoring the ways that educators may also perpetrate or be targets of injustice.

This session aims to create an active learning community wherein current and future educators can build their capacity to respond effectively to microaggressions in the classroom. After offering some guiding principles for effective interventions, the facilitators will lead participants through a skill-building sessions that draws from participants’ own experiences and questions.

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Facilitators: Lydia Bentley & Amie Thurber,
CFT, Graduate Teaching Fellows
When: Thursday, March 16th
Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Where: Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom
 

 


Assessment, Implicit Bias, and the Impact on Student Learning, Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Implicit 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.


Facilitators: Alexis McBride and Michael R. Fisher, Jr.
CFT, Graduate Teaching Fellows
Wednesday, March 29th from 3-4:30pm
CFT classroom1114 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212 
Phone: 615-322-7290
Open to all Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs.

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Course Design, Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Many graduate students do not get the opportunity to design their own syllabi or design and organize their courses. This workshop has been developed to assist graduate students in being more aware and intentional about how to design a course and syllabus overall. The workshop will include feedback from faculty in various departments about their thought process on course and syllabus design, discussion and brainstorming, as well as activities to engage participants in the act of course design. It is open to all graduate students, and will most likely consist of an interdisciplinary group to bounce ideas around as we try to identify practices and approaches to consider when developing our own courses.

Facilitator: Ryan Bowen
CFT, Graduate Teaching Fellow
Thursday, April 13th from 2:30-4:00pm
CFT classroom1114 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212 
Phone: 615-322-7290
Open to all Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs.

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