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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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Brightspace and Teaching Focused Workshops for the Fall

Sep. 2, 2020—We have several Brightspace and online teaching focused workshops lined up for September. Offerings include: Grades and Feedback in Brightspace Participants in this workshop will learn how to organize their gradebook and about the range of tools available in Brightspace to make grading and feedback more efficient and effective. September 2, 12:00-1:30pm. REGISTER Assignments in...

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Liberating Zoom: Strategies for Better Online Discussions

Aug. 19, 2020—Friday, August 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Join the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities this Friday for a highly interactive, hands-on exploration of strategies that help build more inclusive and engaged teaching and research communities, online and in person. Liberating Structures, led by Anna Jackson and Fisher Qua, is a methodology grounded in the idea that the strategies commonly...

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Turnitin Workshop on Wednesday August 12

Aug. 10, 2020—Join our partners from Turnitin on Wednesday, August 12th at 2pm for a workshop catered toward online teaching. In this session, we’ll be reviewing the many ways Turnitin can help facilitate learning and assessment in online spaces. This workshop is open to all Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and teaching assistants and will be held through Zoom....

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CFT Blog Posts Designed to Help You Prepare for Fall

Aug. 10, 2020—CFT director, Derek Bruff, outlines some student-centered strategies you can use to engage students in meaningful learning, including discussion leading, live polling, backchannels, collaborative notetaking, group work, hybrid pair work, and more. Read Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms   Cynthia Brame, CFT associate director, has been thinking about different ways to structure students’ time “in the...

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August Workshops from the Center for Teaching

Aug. 3, 2020—For faculty and other instructors looking for a lot of ideas for teaching this fall in a short amount of time, the Center for Teaching is offering a variety of online workshops in August. Some workshops are focused on teaching with Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system, while others focus on other aspects of adaptive teaching in...

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Trauma-Informed Teaching During COVID-19

Jul. 28, 2020—By Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2020-2021 Trauma-informed teaching recognizes that students’ emotional and physical wellbeing, sense of security and belonging, and their past and current traumas influence their ability to learn. In other words, it responds to the reality that students are whole people with whole, complicated lives, in and out of...

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Resources for Teaching Online, Hybrid, and Socially Distant Classes

Jul. 21, 2020—By Heather Fedesco, CFT Assistant Director Thinking about the fall semester and what our teaching will be like raises two very extreme responses. On the one hand, everything feels so uncertain. Will my class be entirely online? Where will my students be taking my course – on campus, in a different time zone, in a...

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New Online Course Visits available

Jul. 17, 2020—Curious about how others are setting up their online courses in Brightspace? Seeing inspiration and ideas? “Visit” courses developed by Vanderbilt faculty Justin Baba, Ghina Nakad Absi, Heather Lefkowitz, and Neil Kelley (with more to come!).    See the Online Course Visits page for more information and to sign up.

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Suggestions for online teaching at Vanderbilt

Jul. 16, 2020—By Dr. Adriane Seiffert and Dr. Ashleigh Maxcey, Vanderbilt University Department of Psychology The following are thoughts, reflections, and suggestions on teaching online based on our experiences teaching courses over Maymester and Summer 2020. We hope they help you plan your online course as we can all strive to deliver top-notch courses this fall. Discuss...

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