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“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute May 8-10

The CFT invites Vanderbilt faculty members to apply to its 2017 Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 8-10, 2017) participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. This year’s institute will include a track for…

Posted on March 6, 2017 in Events, News, , , ,


Students as Producers: The Course Design Institute at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern The CFT’s Course Design Institute (CDI) is a three-day program at the end of the spring semester (May 8-10, 2017) in which participants learn and apply strategies to design (or redesign) course plans and syllabi for the fall. The institute is centered on the idea of “Students as Producers,” an…

Posted on February 1, 2017 in News, , , ,


New CFT Teaching Guide – Leveraging Study Abroad: Collecting and Teaching with Authentic Resources

By Stacey M. Johnson and Vivian Finch, CFT Assistant Directors In language classrooms, instructors often bring in authentic language and culture resources for students to examine. These resources help students to gain a  perspective on how people use language in culturally situated ways. For many students, contact with authentic resources is one of the most…

Posted on August 24, 2016 in Resource, , , , ,


Teaching with Digital Timelines

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director This year the Center for Teaching hosted a few educational technology working groups for faculty, staff, and students interested in exploring ways particular technologies might meet their instructional goals. One of the groups investigated the use of digital timeline tools, like Tiki-Toki and TimelineJS, that facilitate the creation of online,…

Posted on June 28, 2016 in Resource, , , , , ,


Digital Timelines, a Conversation on Digital Pedagogy, April 4th

Digital Timelines Monday, April 4, 2016 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided) Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Register Here Remember those timelines you saw in your history textbook back in middle school? Today’s digital timelines do far more than present a static, linear progression of dates and names. Online, interactive timelines support visually…

Posted on March 24, 2016 in Events, , , , ,


“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute, May 9-11

The CFT invites faculty members to apply to its new Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 9-11, 2016), participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. Research by first- and second-year undergraduates conducted within a…

Posted on March 8, 2016 in Events, , , ,


From the Director

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to another busy semester at the Center for Teaching. A few highlights… We are organizing several faculty teaching visits this spring. These visits provide instructors the opportunity to sit in on a colleague’s class, then engage that colleague in conversation about teaching choices. Doug…

Posted on January 21, 2016 in News, , , , ,


Three things I learned while writing about test-enhanced learning

By Rachel Biel, CFT undergraduate intern I recently had the privilege of coauthoring an essay about the benefits of testing beyond assessment. As a student who is tested most commonly for formal assessment, the idea of testing as part of the learning process was new to me. Beyond the practical implications of incorporating more testing…

Posted on August 24, 2015 in News, , , , ,


Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair – September 1st, 4-5:30pm

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director As part of our “Students as Producers” theme last year, the Center for Teaching brought attention to teaching strategies that engage students not only as consumers of information, but also as producers of knowledge. We focused largely on the context of credit-bearing courses because we knew Vanderbilt already had a…

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Events,


Students as Producers: Animating Organic Chemistry

By Nayana Bose, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow   The CFT’s “Students as Producers” theme year culminated in our end-of-year event, the Celebration of Learning. As a part of the celebration, an exhibition of 25 student projects from all four undergraduate schools showcased a wide variety of student work. This series of blog posts highlights some…

Posted on June 16, 2014 in Events, News, , , , ,