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Lesson Planning

New CFT Guide on Syllabus Design

May. 15, 2014—Jessica Riviere, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow has develeped a new online guide on the topic of syllabus design. The strongest syllabi are built on a solid foundation of course design. Therefore, you should start by developing learning goals that are appropriate for the level of the class and the students in it. These are goals...

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A (New) Plan for Lesson Planning

Jan. 6, 2014—by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director I’ve been teaching my own courses since 1993, and I still experiment with how to manage my notes, preparations, To Do lists, readings, and lesson plans–not because I’m adventurous but because I’m dissatisfied. A Goldilocks of office and organizational supplies, I’ve rejected previous attempts as “too big,” “too messy,”...

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Teaching about WikiLeaks

Dec. 16, 2010—by Derek Bruff, CFT Assistant Director You’ve probably seen a news story or two about the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks recently (or perhaps a few hundred). Given that the WikiLeaks story is relevant to so many disciplines (political science, computer science, business, journalism, law), it’s not surprising that college and university instructors are including discussion of...

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Episode 21 – Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Apr. 18, 2010—Colleges and universities play a vital role in ensuring that students acquire the knowledge and skills to meet the sustainability challenges of the future. This panel talks about both disciplinary and interdisciplinary opportunities and challenges prompted by tackling complex environmental problems in the classroom. According to what definition and principles of sustainability can we educate...

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Episode 16 – Lynn Ramey on Time-Efficient Teaching

Apr. 24, 2009—This episode continues our podcast series focusing on time-efficient teaching. Faculty at a research university like Vanderbilt must balance a number of competing demands on their time, including teaching, research, and service. For this series, we’re interviewing senior faculty members at Vanderbilt and asking them to share ways they teach effectively while making good use...

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Episode 13 – Tim McNamara on Time-Efficient Teaching

Feb. 5, 2009—This episode continues our podcast series focusing on time-efficient teaching. Faculty at a research university like Vanderbilt must balance a number of competing demands on their time, including teaching, research, and service. For this series, we’re interviewing senior faculty members at Vanderbilt and asking them to share ways they teach effectively while making good use...

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Episode 12 – Brooke Ackerly on Time-Efficient Teaching

Dec. 14, 2008—This episode continues our podcast series focusing on time-efficient teaching. Faculty at a research university like Vanderbilt must balance a number of competing demands on their time, including teaching, research, and service. For this series, we’re interviewing senior faculty members at Vanderbilt and asking them to share ways they teach effectively while making good use...

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