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Visual Thinking in the Classroom – Workshop with Nick Sousanis, December 4th

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to share that the Center for Teaching is co-sponsoring a workshop on visual thinking in the classroom next Friday, December 4th, led by Nick Sousanis. Visual Thinking in the Classroom Facilitator: Nick Sousanis, University of Calgary Friday, December 4th, 2:10-3:00pm Buttrick 202 In Nick Sousanis’ book Unflattening, written…

Posted on November 24, 2015 in Events,


Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM” is a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives of university teaching centers.  As previously mentioned,…

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Resource, , , , ,


Lectures and Visual Thinking in #STEMTeaching

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The Center for Teaching has recently started sharing on its YouTube channel videos created for last fall’s open online course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow and queen of social media here at the CFT, is blogging about these videos in a series…

Posted on February 5, 2015 in Resource, , , ,


Vanderbilt ShareFest: Strategies for Communicating Complex Ideas

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Below is a recap of last week’s Vanderbilt ShareFest. For more ideas on engaging students as producers of knowledge, come to the CFT’s Celebration of Learning next Monday. The event will feature a highly engaging keynote by Georgetown University’s Randy Bass, as well as an exhibition of more than 25…

Posted on April 14, 2014 in News, ,


ShareFest: A Showcase of Emerging Communication Strategies – Today at 4pm

ShareFest is a showcase of emerging communication strategies scheduled for 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. today at the First Amendment Center, with a reception following. Expect a fast moving, interactive format featuring a variety of innovative communications strategies used on campus. Speakers and topics include: Derek Bruff, Director, Center for Teaching – Visual Learning Victoria Greene,…

Posted on April 9, 2014 in Events,


Show and Tell: More Visual Presentations

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m giving a presentation this afternoon on the use of visuals in lectures and other academic presentations. I like to have the slides or Prezi I use for my own presentations available online at the start of those presentations, so I’m sharing my Prezi for this afternoon’s presentation here on…

Posted on February 10, 2014 in Resource, ,


Show and Tell: More Visual Presentations

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m giving a presentation later today on campus on effective multimedia presentations, particularly in the classroom context. Since I like to give participants in my sessions access to my slides at the start of those sessions, I’m posting my slides here on the CFT blog. I’m not using slides, of…

Posted on November 1, 2013 in Resource, ,


Beyond the Five-Page Paper: Representing Student Learning Visually

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Recently, CFT assistant director Nancy Chick and I led a workshop titled “Beyond the Five-Page Paper: Representing Student Learning Visually,” part of the CFT’s “Students as Producers” theme year. We don’t dismiss the importance of essays as formative and evaluative activities for students, but we do want to encourage instructors…

Posted on October 28, 2013 in Resource, ,


CFT Offers New Guide: “Beyond the Essay: Making Student Thinking Visible in the Humanities”

In August, the CFT announced a theme for much of our programming this year: Students as Producers.  A new guide written by CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick applies this theme to the disciplines in the humanities. “Beyond the Essay: Making Student Thinking Visible in the Humanities” explores assignments that fulfill three goals: making student knowledge…

Posted on October 21, 2013 in News, , , ,


Beyond the Essay, II

Formative Activities: Snapshots of Learning in Process Concept Maps & Word Webs || Word Clouds As Bass noted in his Visible Knowledge Project work with faculty, what “most interested—or eluded—them about their students’ learning” involved the “’intermediate processes’” that occur before students write a paper or take an exam.  They were particularly eager to “gather…

Posted on October 14, 2013 in , , , ,