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Blackboard Blogging for the Classroom

by Brandon N. Crawford, CFT Instructional Technologist The Vanderbilt Center for teaching recently released a comprehensive guide to Teaching with Blogs. Blackboard users on campus will be interested to know that a blog tool is included in every Blackboard course, and can be used to support student learning inside of the secure course management environment….

Posted on October 5, 2016 in News, Resource, , ,


Link Your Online Textbook Content with Blackboard

Does your textbook have online materials for students? Did you know that Blackboard can create a seamless link between many publishers’ content and your course allowing you to download content and import grades? Two new resources from the CFT will help you make the connection between your Blackboard course and textbook-based online platform.    …

Posted on September 29, 2016 in News, Resource, , ,


Summer Course Management System Pilots

This summer, the Center for Teaching is facilitating pilots of three platforms under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next course management system (CMS). The platforms are Canvas by Instructure, Brightspace by D2L, and Blackboard Ultra by Blackboard. In April, the CFT hosted campus visits and public demos by all three vendors. Given feedback on the demos, the…

Posted on July 11, 2016 in News, ,


Campus Invited to Course Management System Vendor Demos in April

The Center for Teaching invites Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students to a series of product demonstrations by the three vendors under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next course management system (CMS). The demonstrations, along with feedback from those who attend them, will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or…

Posted on April 11, 2016 in News, ,


Campus encouraged to participate in Blackboard feedback survey

The CFT, as the administrative home for Blackboard, Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, is conducting an assessment in March to determine the extent to which Blackboard is meeting the needs of campus users. Results of this needs assessment will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or to…

Posted on April 4, 2016 in Events, News,


Campus encouraged to participate in Blackboard feedback survey

The CFT, as the administrative home for Blackboard, Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, is conducting an assessment in March to determine the extent to which Blackboard is meeting the needs of campus users. Results of this needs assessment will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or to…

Posted on March 18, 2016 in News,


Blackboard Drop-in Sessions to Feature Grade Center

Blackboard support continues to offer email, phone, and one-on-one consultations, or Blackboard users can take advantage of our library of on-demand resources. Drop-in support hours continue to be offered Mondays from 1-3pm. If you missed our January sessions, we discussed grade column organization and inline grading. February spotlight topics are listed below, however you should feel free to bring your own questions and…

Posted on March 10, 2016 in Events, ,


Blackboard Drop-in Sessions to Feature Grade Center

Blackboard support continues to offer email, phone, and one-on-one consultations, or Blackboard users can take advantage of our library of on-demand resources. Drop-in support hours continue to be offered Mondays from 1-3pm. If you missed our January sessions, we discussed grade column organization and inline grading. February spotlight topics are listed below, however you should…

Posted on February 5, 2016 in News, ,


Blackboard Drop-in Sessions to Feature Grade Center

Drop-in Support Hours for Spring Semester Blackboard Support at the CFT will be offering drop-in training and support for the spring semester for faculty, graduate students, and staff using Blackboard. Come get technical and pedagogical support from a team of Blackboard specialists during our drop-in support hours. We will begin each drop-in session with quick, 10-minute training…

Posted on January 22, 2016 in Events, News,


From the Director

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to another busy semester at the Center for Teaching. A few highlights… We are organizing several faculty teaching visits this spring. These visits provide instructors the opportunity to sit in on a colleague’s class, then engage that colleague in conversation about teaching choices. Doug…

Posted on January 21, 2016 in News, , , , ,