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‘Course Design’

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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Lessons from teaching in Fall 2020: what to keep, what to ditch, and what to change

Dec. 18, 2020—by Cynthia Brame, CFT associate director This fall, I got the opportunity to teach online for the first time. I had been thinking about online teaching for several years because of my work in developing Vanderbilt’s BOLD (Blended and Online Learning Design) Fellows program.  But although I read about, thought about, and helped others with online teaching,...

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Teaching Workshops

Jul. 23, 2020—These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please...

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Structures for flex classrooms: pros, cons, and pedagogical choices

Jun. 23, 2020—By Cynthia Brame, CFT Associate Director As we head into the fall thinking about classes where we may have a combination of students who are physically and digitally present, I’ve been thinking about different ways to structure students’ time “in the classroom”. The first and most straightforward of these is to divide students into groups...

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