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Upcoming Blackboard Support Offerings

Textbook Integration with Blackboard Blackboard support at the CFT has been working with the bookstore, textbook publishers, and stakeholders across campus to integrate online textbook content with Blackboard courses. Beginning in the spring semester, many instructors will be able to connect their students’ online textbook work with Blackboard’s grade book and content areas. Please contact…

Posted on December 7, 2015 in News,


Upcoming Blackboard Support Offerings

Drop-in Support Hours for November/December Blackboard Support at the CFT will be offering drop-in times in November and December 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: Monday            11/9/15 1-3pm Monday            11/16/15 1-3pm Monday            11/30/15  1-3pm Monday            12/7/15 1-3pm…

Posted on November 9, 2015 in Events,


October Blackboard Support Offerings

  Blackboard Support at the CFT will be offering training and support in October for faculty, graduate students, and staff using Blackboard. Come to our drop-in support hours: Monday,  Oct 12th  1-3pm               Monday,  Oct 19th  1-3pm Monday,  Oct 26th  1-3pm In addition, on Monday October 19, we will be offering a special workshop session called “Using Media in Blackboard” for…

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Events, News, ,


Upcoming Blackboard Support Offerings

September holds several opportunities to learn more about Blackboard. Drop-in hours will held weekly. Find the schedule on the Blackboard support site or the CFT website. We will also be conducting workshops about specific tools and features on Blackboard. Language teachers will be happy to hear that in the first two weeks of September, Blackboard…

Posted on September 14, 2015 in News, , ,


From the Director

Think, Pair, Share. It’s a simple approach to engaging students in class discussions. Instead of asking a question of your class and waiting for a few students to respond, ask students to think about the question silently for thirty seconds, then pair up and discuss their responses for a minute or two. When you ask…

Posted on September 11, 2015 in News, , , ,


Fall Blackboard News: New Features, New Support

As the new administrative home for Blackboard, the Center for Teaching (CFT) is excited to announce a number of developments for Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, all part of Vanderbilt’s strategic investment in the use of technology to support student learning. New Features A number of platform upgrades were rolled out this summer providing new…

Posted on August 16, 2015 in News, , ,


Teaching Workshops to Help You Prepare for Fall Courses

During the week classes begin, the CFT will be offering the following workshops for new and returning faculty: Teaching Inclusively to Diverse Groups Date: Monday, August 24 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: Center for Teaching Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Audience: New and Returning Faculty In our increasingly diverse classrooms, it is important to support the development…

Posted on August 10, 2015 in Events, News, , , , ,


The CFT Welcomes New Assistant Director for Educational Technology Stacey Johnson

We’re excited to announce the upcoming appointment of Stacey Johnson as the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology. Beginning June 15th, Stacey will work with faculty, teaching assistants, and other instructors at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Vanderbilt’s course management system, Blackboard, and other online learning platforms. Stacey is currently an…

Posted on June 10, 2015 in News, , ,


Position Openings: Instructional Technologists, Deadline June 15th

The Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching (CFT) is seeking applicants for two Instructional Technologist positions.  These new positions will support faculty, students, and staff at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Vanderbilt’s course management system and other online learning platforms.  The Instructional Technologists will report to the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational…

Posted on June 1, 2015 in News, , ,


From the Director: Vanderbilt’s Course Management System and the CFT

The Center for Teaching is taking on a significant new role in the educational technology landscape at Vanderbilt. Starting this spring, the CFT will coordinate and provide technical and pedagogical support for Blackboard, Vanderbilt’s course management system, known locally as OAK. Also, in conjunction with Vice Provost for Learning and Undergraduate Affairs Cynthia Cyrus and…

Posted on December 17, 2014 in News, , , , ,