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‘Course Design’

Online and Hybrid Teaching Working Group

Mar. 17, 2022—by Stacey M. Johnson In this series of three meetings via Zoom, our group will explore experiential teaching online through the lens of telecollaboration, online community engagement, and online course design. Join us for one, two or all three of these conversations in which we will explore resources and challenges associated with experiential online and...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Adeana McNicholl

Jan. 10, 2022—The CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. In this post, Adeana McNicholl, Religious Studies, talks about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship. I am an Assistant Professor of Buddhist Traditions in the Religious Studies department. My research focuses on Buddhism in ancient South Asia and Buddhism in...

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New Additions to the Course Design Resources Site

Dec. 14, 2021—Branching scenarios are much like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. In a branching scenario, learners are taken through a scenario where they must make decisions based on the events that are presented. In the newest addition to the CDR (Online Course Development Resources) site, Carrie Sennet and Diana Vasquez (Vanderbilt School of Nursing) teach us how...

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Join the Online Teaching and Course Design Learning Community

Sep. 27, 2021—This learning community is for those who want to dig deeper into online course design principles in order to create excellent. Group members work together to contribute to the CFT’s Online Course Development Resources website. REGISTER

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Lessons from a Journal Club Blog Series

Sep. 13, 2021—Assessment of student learning is a familiar and essential component of teaching. As college instructors, we constantly ask ourselves questions like: “Are my students learning?” “What do they still not understand?” “Do students feel they can approach me with questions or concerns?” or, “That cool new thing I tried this semester — did it work?!”...

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Upcoming Workshop: Group Work That Works

Aug. 20, 2021—Date: Tuesday, August 24th Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm Facilitator: Ransford Pinto, CFT assistant director   Group work is an effective teaching approach that enhances student learning and encourages critical thinking and decision-making skills. In this workshop, we will explore strategies and leverage some lessons learned from last year to foster better group work during our in-person classes. REGISTER (A...

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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching in Stereo – Strategies for Class Participation

Aug. 20, 2021—  Date: Tuesday, August 24th Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Location: CFT Classroom or Zoom Facilitator: Derek Bruff, CFT director   Zoom classes showed us that having students participate using their voices isn’t the only meaningful kind of participation. How can we take a more inclusive, accessible approach to class participation once we’re back in the classroom? Join us in...

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Upcoming Workshop: The Flipped Classroom

Aug. 9, 2021—Date: Wednesday, August 11th Time: 2:00-3:00pm Facilitator: Cynthia Brame, CFT associate director Panelists: Chris Candelaria, Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Lars Plate, Biological Sciences and Chemistry Heeryoon Shin, History of Art Faculty panelists share lessons from pandemic teaching that will shape how they have students prepare for class and what they have them do in class this fall. REGISTER (A...

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Goal-driven Course Design Refined by Data on Students’ Learning: A Case Study

Mar. 3, 2021—Goal-driven course design refined by data on students’ learning is a cornerstone of CFT philosophy and practice. Ethan Joll, a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, offers a compelling description of his own data- and goal-driven course design for a section of TA Orientation. It’s a fantastic case study that highlights the value of gathering information from...

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Upcoming Conversation on Teaching: Accessibility and Equity in Course Design

Jan. 15, 2021—Are you interested in learning how to create equitable online spaces that are accessible to all students? This interactive panel discussion will bring together members of the Vanderbilt community who are experts on fostering accessibility in online learning spaces. Panelists will share effective practices and creative approaches for building and implementing accessible courses online. Participants...

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