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Consultations for University Courses and TIPs Proposals

Nov. 1, 2016—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The Office of the Provost has issued a call for proposals for Trans-Institutional Programs and University Courses for 2017-2018. TIPs pre-proposals are due November 28th, and University Course proposals are due December 12th. If you’re a faculty member thinking about a submission to either program, feel free to reach out...

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Course Design Consultations for University Course Proposals

Dec. 4, 2015—Last month Chancellor Zeppos launched the University Courses initiative, designed to promote cross-college teaching at Vanderbilt.  These courses, taught by faculty outside of their home department or school or co-taught by faculty from different schools or colleges, will provide new opportunities for students at Vanderbilt to consider big questions and hard problems from multiple perspectives....

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Make the Most of Your Course Preparation Time This Summer

Jun. 8, 2015—Summer time is here, and many faculty members have a break from their usual schedules, a chance to slow down a bit and start planning their fall courses. If you have a breather, you may find this an opportune time to review and refresh your teaching plans and practices.  The Center for Teaching is open...

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Interpreting and Making Sense of Course Evaluations

Dec. 22, 2014—As the semester draws to a close, our students are given the opportunity to provide us with potentially valuable feedback on our teaching and its effects on their learning.  You may find it challenging, however, to interpret what your end-of-semester course evaluations mean and decide how to act on them. The CFT can help.  A...

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Reflecting On and Documenting Your Teaching Experiences

Jun. 6, 2014—Reflecting on Teaching:  What?  For Whom?  Why? Often, the motivation to improve one’s teaching by revising practices or experimenting with new initiatives stems from reflection.  This reflection often focuses on feedback received from others, such as student evaluations or peer reviews.  Reflection further involves one’s own assessment of experiences, through self-observation and activities that foster...

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Make the Most of Your Course Preparation Time This Summer

Jun. 5, 2014—Summer time is here, and many faculty members have a break from their usual schedules, a chance to slow down a bit and start planning their fall courses. If you have a breather, you may find this an opportune time to review and refresh your teaching plans and practices.  The Center for Teaching is open...

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CFT Staff Can Help You Prepare for Fall Teaching

Aug. 16, 2013— Faculty and graduate student instructors preparing for fall courses are encouraged to take advantage of the CFT’s consultation services.  Consultants are available to help you clarify the goals you have for your students’ learning and find ways to align your syllabus, assignments, and lesson plans with those goals.  We’re also glad to help you...

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Reflecting On and Documenting Your Teaching Experiences

Jun. 8, 2013—Reflecting on Teaching: What?  For Whom?  Why? Often, the motivation to improve one’s teaching by revising practices or experimenting with new initiatives stems from reflection.  This reflection often focuses on feedback received from others, such as student evaluations or peer reviews.  Reflection further involves one’s own assessment of experiences, through self-observation and activities that foster...

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Interpreting and Making Sense of Course Evaluations

Dec. 11, 2012—As the semester draws to a close, our students are given the opportunity to provide us with a potentially valuable source of feedback on our teaching and its effects on their learning.  You may find it challenging, however, to interpret what your end-of-semester course evaluations mean and decide how to act on them.  The CFT...

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CFT Staff Can Help You Prepare for Fall Teaching

Aug. 8, 2012—Faculty and graduate student instructors preparing for fall courses are encouraged to take advantage of the CFT’s consultation services.  Consultants are available to help you clarify the goals you have for your students’ learning and find ways to align your syllabus, assignments, and lesson plans with those goals.  We’re also glad to help you reflect...

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