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Course Design Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Many graduate students do not get the opportunity to design their own syllabi or design and organize their courses. This workshop has been developed to assist graduate students in being more aware and intentional about how to design a course and syllabus overall. The workshop will include feedback from faculty in various departments about their thought…

Posted on April 10, 2017 in Events, , ,


“Refreshing and Rethinking Course Goals”: Two Educators Share Their Experiences With the CFT’s Course Design Institute

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern This spring, the CFT will once again offer the Course Design Institute (CDI). In this three-day program, running May 8-10, participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The Institute focuses on the theme of “Students as Producers,” the idea of…

Posted on March 27, 2017 in News, ,


“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute May 8-10

The CFT invites Vanderbilt faculty members to apply to its 2017 Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 8-10, 2017) participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. This year’s institute will include a track for…

Posted on March 6, 2017 in Events, News, , , ,


Students as Producers: The Course Design Institute at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern The CFT’s Course Design Institute (CDI) is a three-day program at the end of the spring semester (May 8-10, 2017) in which participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The institute is centered on the idea of “Students as Producers,” an…

Posted on February 1, 2017 in News, , , ,


Consultations for University Courses and TIPs Proposals

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…

Posted on November 1, 2016 in News, ,


New CFT Teaching Guide – Leveraging Study Abroad: Collecting and Teaching with Authentic Resources

By Stacey M. Johnson and Vivian Finch, CFT Assistant Directors In language classrooms, instructors often bring in authentic language and culture resources for students to examine. These resources help students to gain a  perspective on how people use language in culturally situated ways. For many students, contact with authentic resources is one of the most…

Posted on August 24, 2016 in Resource, , , , ,


Coupling curriculum revision and scholarship in the School of Nursing

We need to have coordinated lectures throughout our curriculum so that students get key concepts early and then build on that solid foundation. We need to avoid undesired redundancy. We need to keep students engaged throughout the three 8-hour days they spend with us in block. We need to quit powerpointing students to death. In…

Posted on May 18, 2016 in News, , , ,


Dept. of Chemistry’s Colloquium Series Features Brian Coppola on March 28th

Real Work is Better than Homework Dr. Brian Coppola, American Chemical Society Fellow and 2009 CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year will give a Chemistry Department Colloquium Monday, March 28, 4:15-5:30 in Stevenson Center 5211. Prof. Coppola is well known for his work in Instructional development; the abstract for his talk and two relevant recent…

Posted on March 21, 2016 in Events, News, , , ,


“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute, May 9-11

The CFT invites faculty members to apply to its new Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 9-11, 2016), participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. Research by first- and second-year undergraduates conducted within a…

Posted on March 8, 2016 in Events, , , ,


Local CIRTL Workshop on Evidence-Based Teaching

  VU-CIRTL is conducting an Evidence-based Teaching Workshop January 7th and 8th. The workshop is designed for future faculty with no experience with teaching as research however all graduate students, post docs, faculty, and staff are welcome. Workshop topics include how people learn, challenge-based learning, course design, assessment, classroom management, classroom technology, and scholarly resources….

Posted on December 15, 2015 in Events, , ,