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Conversations on Teaching

Conversations on Teaching focus on emergent teaching and learning issues in an informal, discussion-based format.  These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other. Teaching Science Lunch Series This fall, we are offering “teaching lunches” targeted toward science faculty. Each lunch will offer…

Posted on January 5, 2017 in , ,


Conversations on Digital Pedagogy

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Two weeks ago I gave a keynote titled “More Than Just Shiny Objects” at the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. I argued that our use of educational technology should be guided by our knowledge of how learning works. Otherwise, we run the risk…

Posted on March 2, 2015 in Events, , ,


Last Week’s “T.W.L.” Conversation on Teaching Writing: “Grading Is Teaching”

by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director Scott Juengel (English) talked about “Managing the Paper Load:  Grading Writing Efficiently and Effectively” with approximately 30 faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students on September 18. This lunchtime gathering was the second in the “Teaching. Writing. Learning.” series of conversations on teaching writing. Although he’s been at Vanderbilt…

Posted on September 24, 2013 in Commentary, News, Resource, , , ,


Conversations on Teaching Writing Under Way

“Teaching. Writing. Learning.,” the new series of conversations on teaching writing across the campus, began last Wednesday.  Emily King (English), Richard Lloyd (Sociology), and Jonathan Gilligan (Earth & Environmental Sciences) were the invited guests for kick-off event entitled “Starting the Conversation: A Panel on Inspiring Your Students to Write.” Emily emphasized the need to define…

Posted on September 5, 2013 in Events, News, ,


Teaching Large Classes

By Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Assistant Director Teaching large classes can pose particular challenges. How do you personalize interaction in a class with more than 100—or even more than 200—students? How do you promote student engagement when it’s so easy for a student to hide in the crowd? How do you provide helpful feedback without…

Posted on January 31, 2013 in News, , ,


New Website Features Course Blogs

Increasingly, Vanderbilt instructors are incorporating blogs into their course design. The CFT has assembled blogs from several of these courses in one place. Course Blogs at Vanderbilt is a mash-up of live feeds representing a wide variety of courses that use blogging to help students reflect on, comment about, and introduce new ideas to course…

Posted on September 11, 2012 in Events, ,