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‘Teaching Writing’

Professors tweak their pedagogical style with blogs

Dec. 6, 2012—Vanderbilt faculty are increasing incorporating online wiring in their teaching. A recent article by Joan Brasher highlights the work of Assistant Professor of English Humberto Garcia and his course blog The Romantic Period: Romanticism and Apocalypse and Allison Schachter, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and English and her course blog Literature, Photography and Memory.  ...

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Writing in Space: Collaborative Writing in a Digital Age, November 7th

Nov. 3, 2011—CFT Acting Director Derek Bruff will be a panelist at a Vanderbilt Writing Studio event Monday, November 7th, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. in the Commons Multipurpose Room 237. Details below… How do networked technologies open new, collaborative possibilities for the way we write? Please join us for a virtual discussion on innovative practices in...

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A Conversation on Student and Faculty Expectations for Writing

Nov. 1, 2011—This is a guest post by Katherine Fusco, assistant director at the Vanderbilt Writing Studio and lecturer in English. On September 27th, the CFT and the Writing Studio co-hosted an event centered on what faculty and students think about writing. When I work with student writers at the Writing Studio, I sometimes find myself beating...

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Upcoming Event: A Conversation on Student and Faculty Expectations for Writing

Sep. 20, 2011—Have you registered for A Conversation on Student and Faculty Expectations for Writing? Register now for this Conversation on Teaching. Co-Sponsored by the Writing Studio Time & Date: Tuesday, September 27, 4:10-5:30 Facilitator: Derek Bruff, CFT Acting Director Format: Conversation on Teaching Audience: Faculty, Graduate and Professional Students, Post-docs, and Staff In one class, an instructor...

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Teaching about Audience Using Projects for Outside Clients – A Conference Report

Jan. 17, 2011—by Derek Bruff, CFT Assistant Director Back in November I attended the 30th annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University in Ohio. I thought I’d share some session highlights with my Vanderbilt colleagues. Here’s the first in a series of posts about the conference. Developing a Signature Pedagogy to Cross the Audience Threshold...

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Disciplinary Thinking and Metacognition – A Conference Report

Nov. 29, 2010—By Derek Bruff, CFT Assistant Director One of the sessions I attended earlier this month at the 2010 POD Network Conference in St. Louis was offered by Matt Kaplan and Deborah Meizlish of the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). The session was titled “Using Metacognition to Foster Students’ Disciplinary...

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Cryptography: Nby Bcmnils uhx Gunb iz Wixym uhx Wcjbylm

Nov. 8, 2010—CFT assistant director Derek Bruff is teaching a new first-year writing seminar this fall.  The course is titled “Cryptography: The History and Mathematics of Codes and Code-Breaking.”  Topics include: military cryptography, like the efforts of British cryptographers at Bletchley Park during World War II to figure out the German Enigma Machine codes; cryptography in popular...

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Clickers and the Teaching of Writing

Oct. 20, 2010—CFT assistant director Derek Bruff has written another guest post for the ProfHacker blog hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The post is titled “Using Clickers to Facilitate Peer Review in a Writing Seminar,” and it details one of Derek’s recent experiments with using clickers in his first-year writing seminar. It’s a common practice...

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The Value of Silence in Class Discussions

Sep. 27, 2010—Mary M. Reda’s essay, “What’s the Problem with Quiet Students? Anyone? Anyone?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education a couple of weeks ago offers a revealing look at the reasons some students choose not to participate in class discussions. Reda engaged in a yearlong investigation of the quiet students in her composition courses, asking her...

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Highlights from Last Week’s Workshop on Digital Writing

Feb. 15, 2010—During last week’s “Digital Writing: Using Social Media to Enhance the Teaching of Writing” workshop, CFT Assistant Director Derek Bruff tweeted some highlights from the panelist remarks and subsequent conversation.  For those of you not following the CFT on Twitter, you’ll find Derek’s comments below.  Please also visit the online “home base” for the workshop...

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