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Experiments in Open Education and Active Learning: A Report from the Celebration of Teaching

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director, and Sarah Collier, 2013 Teaching Certificate Recipient and 2012-13 SoTL Scholar Colleges and universities across North America focus a significant amount of attention on the student-to-instructor ratios in their classrooms, often touting low ratios as reasons to enroll. In recent months, however, it has been fashionable to announce incredibly high…

Posted on May 21, 2013 in News, , , , ,


A Student Poster Conference – Spatial Analysis: Multidisciplinary Applications

This year, the CFT has been creating and sharing a podcast series ‘Student Learning on Display’ which highlights student projects across a variety of disciplines. If you’ve been enjoying that series, you might like to see these student projects Wednesday afternoon. The poster session will include a diverse range of projects that integrate GIS-based spatial analyses….

Posted on December 4, 2012 in Events, News, , , ,


Episode 39 – Student Learning on Display: Vanderbilt Theater from 1940s to 1960s

In this episode, CFT director, Derek Bruff, attends a student poster session where he talks with Vanderbilt student Sam Mallick about how he spent the summer exploring the university’s collection of papers from Joseph E. Wright‘s tenure as director of the Vanderbilt Theatre. Sam participated in the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP). http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/cftpodcast/ep41_axle2.mp3 [MP3,…

Posted on November 6, 2012 in News, Podcast, , ,


Episode 38 – Student Learning on Display: Pump Up the Volume – Vandy Vinyl

In this episode, CFT director, Derek Bruff, talks with Curb Scholars Branden Sanders, Keith Berquist, Daniel Eubanks, Harrison Shapley, and audio engineer, Scott Marquart about their Curb Creative Campus project where they developed a high-quality production studio to record independent projects of Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students.  The studio is the centerpiece of a larger…

Posted on October 26, 2012 in News, Podcast, ,


Episode 37 – Student Learning on Display: Maleness in C-Ferns

In this episode, CFT director, Derek Bruff, attends a student poster session where he talks with two first-year biology students about their research project investigating the effects of antheridiogen, the pheromone which determines the sexual phenotype of gametophytes, on the germination rates of maleness in C-ferns. http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/cftpodcast/ep37_cfern.mp3 [MP3, 7 min 53 sec]   To better…

Posted on September 28, 2012 in News, Podcast, , ,


Episode 35 – Student Learning on Display: Electrocardiogram Chair

In an effort to better understand student learning, particularly deep learning, as it occurs at Vanderbilt, the CFT is producing a special series of podcasts highlighting student projects across a variety of disciplines. In this episode, CFT director, Derek Bruff, attends a poster session where he talks with Hannah Pauly and Corey Peak, two members…

Posted on August 29, 2012 in Podcast, , ,


Episode 34 – Student Learning on Display: Interactive Photo Exhibit

In an effort to better understand student learning, particularly deep learning, as it occurs at Vanderbilt, the CFT is producing a special series of podcasts highlighting student projects across a variety of disciplines. In this episode, we join CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick, as she talks with Emily Cook, the 2011-12 Dean’s Fellow, about her…

Posted on August 15, 2012 in News, Podcast, ,


Episode 33 – Student Learning on Display: Texting While Driving Campaign

In an effort to better understand student learning, particularly deep learning, as it occurs at Vanderbilt, the CFT is producing a special series of podcasts highlighting student projects across a variety of disciplines. In this episode CFT Director Derek Bruff reports on-location from the  Human and Organizational Development Department’s Nashville Internship IMPACT Award Competition, where…

Posted on July 25, 2012 in News, Podcast, ,


Episode 32 – Student Learning on Display: Art and Portable Media

In an effort to better understand student learning, particularly deep learning, as it occurs at Vanderbilt, the CFT is producing a special series of podcasts highlighting student projects across a variety of disciplines. In this episode we join CFT Director Derek Bruff as he reports on-location from the Curb Creative Campus Catalyst Event. Vanderbilt students…

Posted on July 2, 2012 in News, Podcast, ,


New Podcast Series Highlights Student Projects

In an effort to better understand student learning, particularly deep learning, as it occurs at Vanderbilt, the CFT is producing a special series of podcasts highlighting student projects across a variety of disciplines. In the first episode we visited Engineering’s Senior Design Day and talked with chemical and mechanical engineering students about what they learned while…

Posted on June 8, 2012 in News, ,