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Flexible Classrooms: Highlights from #Spaces4Learning

Dec. 19, 2013—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director. Cross-posted from Derek’s blog, Agile Learning. Last week Vanderbilt University hosted a group of architects and architecture faculty from the University of Melbourne for a series of presentations and conversations on the design of learning spaces. Melbourne is one of our “sister” schools, and faculty from its School of Architecture...

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Ask Professor Pedagogy: Designing Learning Spaces

May. 17, 2013—Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like...

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Ask Professor Pedagogy: Learning Styles

Mar. 15, 2013—Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like...

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A Conversation on Learning Styles with Dr. Bill Cerbin

Mar. 2, 2012—Mention teaching and learning in just about any conversation and you’re likely to hear someone say “I’m a visual learner” or “Not me, I’m an active learner.” You, yourself, might identify with a particular learning style and perhaps see elements of how you best learn come through in the teaching strategies you use.  Some argue...

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Talking with Faculty About Cognitive Science & Learning (POD Essays on Teaching Excellence)

Feb. 16, 2012—CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick previews an essay by John Girash, Harvard University, appearing in Essays on Teaching Excellence published by the Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education. In “Talking with Faculty About Cognitive Science & Learning,” one of the essays in POD’s new Essays on Teaching Excellence, John Girash of Harvard connects the brain...

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Everyone’s a Visual Learner – A Conference Report

Nov. 15, 2011—by CFT Acting Director Derek Bruff Jose Vazquez of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I co-facilitated a 75-minute session at the POD Network / HBCU Faculty Development Network joint conference in Atlanta last month.  Our session was titled “Everyone’s a Visual Learner: Using Visual Thinking in the Classroom.” The feedback we received on...

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Summer Reading: Engaging Students, Assessing Learning (Essays on Teaching Excellence)

Jun. 27, 2011—Engaging Students, Assessing Learning—Just a Click Away Linda C. Hodges, Loyola University Maryland The POD Network Teaching Excellence Essay Series, 2009-10 “Three ongoing challenges for those of us teaching today’s college students, especially in large lecture classes, are: getting students engaged in their learning, assessing what learning is actually taking place, and competing with students’...

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Five Ideas for Mobile Learning (#EDUSprint)

May. 9, 2011—by CFT Assistant Director Derek Bruff During the last week of April, EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the use of information technology in higher education, hosted the Mobile Computing Sprint, a five-day series of online events on the use of mobile computing in higher education. Although some of the discussion was directed...

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See What I Mean: Visual Presentations

Apr. 7, 2011—by CFT Assistant Director Derek Bruff This post is part of our spring “See What I Mean” blog series highlighting the effective use of visuals in presentations and lectures. Yesterday I led a workshop for doctoral students in the Teaching & Learning department here on the use of effective visuals in presentations. The 20 or...

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Learning Styles: Fact and Fiction – A Conference Report

Jan. 28, 2011—by Derek Bruff, CFT Assistant Director Back in November I attended the 30th annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University in Ohio. I thought I’d share some session highlights with my Vanderbilt colleagues. Here’s the third in a series of posts about the conference. This post is longer than the earlier posts in...

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