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Nov. 17, 2011—In addition to our work at Vanderbilt, Center for Teaching staff members contribute to the broader higher education community through publications. Our scholarly work includes research in our “home” disciplines, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the scholarship of educational development. Highlights Publications Highlights Since its founding in 1986, the CFT’s contributions to the...

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Derek Bruff Named Director of the Center for Teaching

Nov. 16, 2011—Tim McNamara, Vice Provost for Faculty and International Affairs, announced yesterday that Derek Bruff has agreed to be the Director of the Center for Teaching. From the announcement: This appointment is the culmination of several weeks of consultation with faculty, staff, and academic leaders throughout the university, and has the enthusiastic support of the Provost....

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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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Academic Technology Expectations – Highlights from a Conversation

Nov. 8, 2011—By Rhett McDaniel On October 27th, the CFT hosted a Conversation on Teaching titled “Student Expectations: Academic Technology.” The group investigated some of the assumptions and beliefs we might hold regarding student expectations around academic technology. We also discussed various potential conflicts and consequences around the issue. The conversation was exploratory in nature, designed to...

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Writing in Space: Collaborative Writing in a Digital Age, November 7th

Nov. 3, 2011—CFT Acting Director Derek Bruff will be a panelist at a Vanderbilt Writing Studio event Monday, November 7th, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. in the Commons Multipurpose Room 237. Details below… How do networked technologies open new, collaborative possibilities for the way we write? Please join us for a virtual discussion on innovative practices in...

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Upcoming Event: Student Expectations – Academic Technology

Oct. 25, 2011—Have you registered yet?  Register Now for Student Expectations: Academic Technology. Time & Date: Thursday, October 27, 4:10-5:30 Facilitator: Rhett McDaniel, Educational Technologist, CFT Format: Conversation on Teaching Audience: Faculty, Graduate and Professional Students, Post-docs, and Staff Technology is often promoted as an empowering tool that can help faculty work more efficiently and students understand more...

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Twitter as an Enabler of Critical Thinking

Oct. 18, 2011—This is a guest post by Corbette Doyle, a Lecturer in Leadership, Policy & Organizations, and Steph Milne, her TA. In addition to her TA role, Steph recently earned her undergraduate degree and is currently a second-year graduate student in LPO. This Thursday, October 20th, at 4:00 p.m., Corbette and Steph will be discussing their...

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Changing Technologies – A Report from the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

Sep. 22, 2011—by Derek Bruff, CFT Acting Director As I mentioned last week, our 25th anniversary symposium was a fantastic event, with faculty, students, and staff engaged in deep and important discussions about the future of teaching at Vanderbilt. One of the themes of the discussion was the challenge to teaching and learning provided by changing technologies....

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Bruff Quoted in Chronicle article: Cheating is Only a Click Away

Sep. 9, 2011—A recent article in the the Chronicle of Higher Education included quotes from the CFT’s Acting Director Derek Bruff. The article, With Cheating Only a Click Away, Professors Reduce the Incentive, explores how common clickers – and the cheating associated with them – have become in university classrooms. Cheating with clickers, the article discusses, can occur...

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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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