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Teaching Social Responsibility at Vanderbilt – A Report from the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

by Joe Bandy, Assistant Director The CFT’s 25th anniversary symposium involved three major themes on the future of teaching at Vanderbilt, two of which have been the subject of previous blogs – changing technologies and economic challenges to higher education.  The third theme was focused on the challenges of teaching social responsibility in today’s world…

Posted on October 3, 2011 in Events, News, ,


The University’s Social Responsibilities – A Faculty View of the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

This is a guest post by Doug Fisher. Doug is an associate professor of computer science and computer engineering. Doug also recently served as a program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems. This post is part of our series of posts related to the CFT’s 25th anniversary. I thoroughly…

Posted on September 27, 2011 in News, , ,


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

by Derek Bruff, CFT Acting Director In my last post, I shared some highlights from the first hour of our discussion of changing technologies at the CFT’s 25th anniversary symposium earlier this month. The discussion raised several challenges in responding to our changing technological world, including: meeting student expectations for technology use in higher education,…

Posted on September 23, 2011 in News, , ,


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

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….

Posted on September 22, 2011 in News, ,


Tweeting the #CFT25Ann – Expanding Participation at the Center’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

by Dan Morrison, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow This post is part of our series of posts related to the CFT’s 25th anniversary. I tweeted 70 times during the CFT’s 25th anniversary events the other week. For the uninitiated, Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to transmit messages of up to 140 characters via…

Posted on September 21, 2011 in News, ,


Economic Challenges and the Future of Teaching – A Faculty View of the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

“[I]t is readily apparent that any enterprise will benefit from young men and women who can think critically, creatively, broadly yet deeply, in a variety of content areas. Vanderbilt will contribute to the future of teaching by fostering these skills and by elucidating their inherent value to all stakeholders.“ This is a guest post by Kimberly…

Posted on September 20, 2011 in News, , ,


The Future of Teaching – A Report from the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

by Derek Bruff, CFT Acting Director Earlier this week, I blogged about one of the two public events the CFT hosted as part of our 25th anniversary celebration, a keynote on deep learning by CFT founding director Ken Bain.  Our other big anniversary event last week was a symposium on the future of teaching and…

Posted on September 15, 2011 in News, , , ,


Fostering Deep Learning – A Report from the CFT’s 25th Anniversary

by Derek Bruff, CFT Acting Director Last week the CFT celebrated its 25th anniversary with two big campus events: a keynote talk by Ken Bain, founding director of the CFT and author of What the Best College Teachers Do, and a half-day symposium on the future of teaching at Vanderbilt. In this post, I’ll share…

Posted on September 12, 2011 in News, ,


CFT 25th Anniversary: Join us this afternoon!

Join us this afternoon as we kick off celebrations of the Center for Teaching’s 25th anniversary with a keynote talk by Ken Bain, founding director of the Center and author of What the Best College Teachers Do, with opening remarks by Chancellor Zeppos. Bain’s keynote How to Foster Deep Learning will address how we create learning environments that will…

Posted on September 8, 2011 in Events, ,


CFT 25th Anniversary Event: How to Foster Deep Learning Keynote

Join us later this week to celebrate 25 years of the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.  Anniversary events begin at 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 8th, featuring welcoming remarks from Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos and a keynote presentation by Ken Bain, followed by a reception. This event will take…

Posted on September 6, 2011 in Events, ,