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‘Visual Thinking’

Beyond the Essay, III

Oct. 14, 2013—Print Version Summative Assignments: Authentic Alternatives to the Essay Metaphor Maps ||  Student Anthologies ||  Poster Presentations The essay is often the go-to assignment in humanities courses, and rightfully so. Especially in the text-based disciplines, the craft of the essay is highly valued as part of practicing the work of the field. More broadly, developing...

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Beyond the Essay: Making Student Thinking Visible in the Humanities

Oct. 14, 2013—Print Version by Nancy Chick, Former CFT Assistant Director “We asked faculty to ask themselves the most important questions they could about student learning in their courses. How did they know that their students were learning? Did the students’ learning promise to last? What did teachers really know about the processes of their students’ learning,...

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Finding Non-Copyrighted Images for Presentations

Jan. 18, 2013—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director [Note: I prepared this guide for the faculty participating in Vanderbilt’s Coursera pilot, but I believe it will be useful to any instructor interested in using more images in presentations and lectures. It’s based on a post I wrote for the CIRTL Network last year. –Derek] A couple of years...

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Student-Created Infographics and a Seated Poster Session: Two Experiments in Teaching Statistics

Jun. 4, 2012—by CFT Director Derek Bruff This past spring I taught Math 216, an introduction to statistics for engineering majors, for the fourth time in recent years. In order to make the course a bit more lively for me and for the students and to reflect the growing importance of visualization techniques in statistics, I added...

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Talking with Faculty About Cognitive Science & Learning (POD Essays on Teaching Excellence)

Feb. 16, 2012—CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick previews an essay by John Girash, Harvard University, appearing in Essays on Teaching Excellence published by the Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education. In “Talking with Faculty About Cognitive Science & Learning,” one of the essays in POD’s new Essays on Teaching Excellence, John Girash of Harvard connects the brain...

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Tell and Show: Resources from a Workshop on Images in Presentations

Jan. 25, 2012—This afternoon, CFT staff Derek Bruff and Rhett McDaniel are facilitating a workshop titled “Tell and Show: Why and How to Use Images in Presentations.” Below you’ll find the visuals from the first part of this workshop. Click the arrow button to advance through the presentation, or use your mouse to pan and zoom around....

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Upcoming Event: Tell and Show: Why and How to Use Images in Presentations

Jan. 18, 2012—Join us for this upcoming teaching workshop! Tell and Show: Why and How to Use Images in Presentations Date & Time:       January 25, 4:10-5:30 Facilitator:          Derek Bruff, Director & Rhett McDaniel, Educational Technologist Format:              Teaching Workshop Audience:           Faculty, Graduate and Professional Students,...

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From the Stacks…

Jan. 17, 2012—The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course By Linda B. Nilson From the publisher… An instructor’s topical organization is the basic framework of his or her course as well as the core of the syllabus. This book shows college instructors how to communicate their course organization to students in a graphic syllabus–a...

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Everyone’s a Visual Learner – A Conference Report

Nov. 15, 2011—by CFT Acting Director Derek Bruff Jose Vazquez of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I co-facilitated a 75-minute session at the POD Network / HBCU Faculty Development Network joint conference in Atlanta last month.  Our session was titled “Everyone’s a Visual Learner: Using Visual Thinking in the Classroom.” The feedback we received on...

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Hitting the Road: Conference Season for the CFT

Oct. 21, 2011—Four members of the CFT staff are attending conferences across the country over the next three weeks. This week, CFT educational consultant Milt Cox is participating in the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference in Milwaukee. Milt’s on a panel titled “Transforming Educational Development of SoTL by Engaging in, Leading,...

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