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‘Learning Communities’

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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Join Queer Teaching, Queer Thriving: A Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching for All Educators

Sep. 23, 2021—The Center for Teaching and the K.C. Potter Center for LGBTQI Life are proud to offer a 2021-2022 learning community about ways campus educators may help LGBTQI students to thrive academically and socially. Open to all faculty, graduate students, and staff of any background, the learning community will discuss a wide variety of issues: the...

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Join the Learning Assistant Instructors Learning Community

Sep. 21, 2021—Learning assistants, or LAs, are undergraduates who serve as peer educators in courses that they have previously taken. Supported by training in pedagogy, they extend the reach of faculty members implementing active learning components in a course and help provide personalized experiences that increase students’ sense of belonging. In this learning community, faculty who are...

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Online Teaching Learning Community

Jun. 21, 2021—Even before the campus-wide move to online and remote teaching last year, the online teaching group was meeting regularly to explore challenges and opportunities. The Course Development Resources site (CDR), which has grown out of the work of this group over the last two years, is a self-paced guide to designing, building, teaching, or maintaining great courses...

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Learning Community Focusing on the Needs of LGBTQI+ Students

Jun. 18, 2021—This year, the CFT and the KC Potter Center for LGBTQI Life hosted a learning community on ways faculty can better support the needs of LGBTQI+ students.  Over twenty participants met throughout the year to explore LGBTQI+ student’s experiences inside and outside the classroom, to discuss scholarly literature on strategies for inclusion, and techniques of...

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Learning Community on Teaching and Race

Jun. 17, 2021—In 2020-21, the CFT hosted a learning community dedicated to understanding the many challenges and opportunities of teaching issues of race, and supporting students of all racial identities and backgrounds.  In five events throughout the year, dozens of participants from across the disciplines engaged in a variety of conversations about the challenges of teaching race...

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Investigating Student Learning Journal Club

Jun. 11, 2021—This spring, a group of graduate students and faculty members worked with Graduate Teaching Fellow Leah Roberts and Associate Director Cynthia Brame to explore different approaches that can be used to investigate how and what our students are learning. Discussing research articles that illustrated a range of methods and questions, we identified possibilities for interrogating...

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Never Going Back: What Online Teaching in the Times of COVID Can Add to Our Teaching Toolkits – Patrick Murphy,

Feb. 26, 2021—by Mohammad Meerzaei  Turning a language course into a learning community: Patrick Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Spanish Patrick Murphy is a senior lecturer at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His work is mainly focused on teaching beginner- and intermediate-level Spanish courses. In this interview, Murphy looks back at his journey with online teaching, exploring...

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Join a CFT Learning Community

Sep. 9, 2020—The Center for Teaching hosts a number of learning communities, intended for members of Vanderbilt’s teaching community interested in meeting over time to develop deeper understandings and richer practices around particular teaching and learning topics.  This year’s learning communities are: Teaching and Race In the midst of racist and anti-immigrant violence in the United States, and...

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Updates to CFT Programming

Apr. 15, 2020—With the campus move to remote teaching, learning, and work, the Center for Teaching has made some changes to its previously planned programming. Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows – We are still taking applications for the next year’s cohort of fellows! Applications are due Thursday, April 30th. Details on the JFTF website. Teaching Consultations – We are still available...

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