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Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms

Jun. 11, 2020—by Derek Bruff, Director If you’ve read Norman Clark’s hypothetical day in the life of a physically distanced classroom, then you’ve probably started to worry about how faculty and other instructors might facilitate discussion, group work, and other forms of active learning this fall. If I’m standing at the front of the classroom with half...

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Latest Episode of the Leading Lines Podcast

May. 13, 2020—During this season of Leading Lines, we’re exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. A big part of that impact lands on our students. Robin DeRosa is the director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, or Open CoLab, at Plymouth State University, a public liberal arts institution that’s part of the University. She...

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Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning

Apr. 16, 2020—Over the last month, Center for Teaching staff have created and shared a variety of resources to help the Vanderbilt teaching community make the transition to remote teaching and learning. Those resources include: Putting Some of Your Course Content Online in a Hurry? We Have Resources for You! (Brightspace blog post) Remote Teaching at Vanderbilt: Tools...

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From the Director

Apr. 13, 2020—Greetings from my home office, where I sit writing at the beautiful roll top desk I inherited from my father.  A lot has changed since our March newsletter, at Vanderbilt, in middle Tennessee, and around the world, but I don’t have to tell you that. We’re all figuring out how to teach and learn and...

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Student motivation journal club: Supporting our students’ motivation in the era of COVID-19

Apr. 8, 2020—by Cynthia Brame, CFT associate director Our student motivation journal club is ending the academic year in the age of COVID-19 and all that implies: working from home, teaching and/or taking classes remotely, reading shifting but consistently bad news each day. We are learning how to negotiate challenges of spotty internet connection, kids and animals...

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Resources for Just-in-Time Online Teaching

Mar. 9, 2020—The Center for Teaching is making available a number of resources for faculty and other instructors as they move elements of their classes online following Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente’s announcement that Vanderbilt classes will move to alternative instruction starting March 16. Teaching in times of disruption, whether those disruptions are caused by health...

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