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‘Undergrad Research’

Graduate students present investigations of teaching tools and approaches on May 18th

Apr. 28, 2016—Several programs at Vanderbilt help graduate students address questions of teaching and learning within their discipline. Among these are the BOLD Fellows program, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and CIRTL, which focuses on creating and assessing online instructional approaches for use in a Vanderbilt course; the TAR Fellows program, a flagship CIRTL program; and...

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Biological Sciences Lab Poster Session Next Week

Apr. 24, 2014—The research-based section of the Intro to Biological Sciences lab (BSCI 111c) is having its poster session next week. The students in the class would appreciate you stopping by to see their work and to ask them questions about what they’ve done over the course of the semester. Please plan on stopping by! Wednesday, April...

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How do you teach novice scientists to be thoughtful, critical researchers?

Apr. 10, 2014—By Cynthia Brame   I recently had two experiences that spoke to this issue. First, I ran into my colleague Carl Johnson in the BioSci department at Vanderbilt. He said that he was finishing up getting ready to present at journal club, and that he needed to go take another look at the paper “to...

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The Power of Design: What design projects can teach our students—and us

Feb. 13, 2014—By Cynthia J. Brame, Assistant Director  This year, the CFT has adopted a “Students as Producers” theme, exploring ways that instructors can scaffold their classes to help students do meaningful, creative work. Design projects, the linchpin of any engineering curriculum, illustrate some of the key benefits and lessons of helping your students be producers. I’ve...

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Students as Producers: Incorporating Research and Design in Science and Engineering Courses

Oct. 7, 2013—by Julie Lapidot, CFT Student Assistant, and Derek Bruff, CFT Director On September 25th, the Center for Teaching hosted a conversation on teaching on the theme of “Students as Producers” organized by CFT assistant director Cynthia Brame. The conversation centered around one idea: How can we help students in a science or engineering course engage...

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

Nov. 6, 2012—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,...

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

Sep. 28, 2012—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...

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New Podcast Series Highlights Student Projects

Jun. 8, 2012—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...

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Episode 31 – Student Learning on Display: Eliciting Positive Emotions Using Film

May. 31, 2012—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 “Psychology Day” poster session where psychology honors...

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