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Encouraging Engagement and Enthusiasm– One student’s perspective on online course design

By Rachel Biel, Undergraduate Intern My first interaction with the online classroom came in the fall of 2012, my senior year of high school. With my sights set on attending Vanderbilt, I enrolled in four AP courses, each of which my school only taught one section. This left my daily schedule completely inflexible: I had…

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Resource, , , ,


CFT Assistant Directors Publish Study on Graduate Student SoTL Programs

Assistant Directors Nancy Chick and Cynthia Brame have just published their findings from a study of Vanderbilt graduate students’ research and experiences in the CFT’s programs in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). “An Investigation of the Products and Impact of Graduate Student SoTL Programs: Observations and Recommendations from a Single Institution” was published…

Posted on March 19, 2015 in News, ,


Wrapping a MOOC: CFT Study Published in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Last fall, Vanderbilt computer science professor Doug Fisher “flipped” his graduate-level course on machine learning. Instead of having his students read their textbook before class or watch lecture videos that he created, as is typical for a “flipped” classroom, Doug asked his students to prepare for class by taking another…

Posted on September 30, 2013 in News, , , , , ,


New Book from CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick on Signature Pedagogies

by CFT Director Derek Bruff Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (2012) just hit the stands a couple of weeks ago.  This is big news at the CFT because the lead editor is Nancy Chick, our new Assistant Director.  This book is the follow-up to Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to…

Posted on March 12, 2012 in News, , ,