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Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Classroom Response System Monday, Sept. 11th

Monday, September 11, 2-3pm If you think you might want to incorporate polling in your class, then this demo session is for you! Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat is available to faculty, students, and staff across campus. In this web-based introductory session, Kara Dingboom,…

Posted on September 5, 2017 in Events, , ,


Teaching Writing Workshop Series in September

The Vanderbilt Writing Studio is offering The Teaching Writing Workshop Series. The workshops are geared toward supporting those who teach writing across the disciplines at Vanderbilt University, and workshops are open to faculty and graduate students from all departments. Contact Megan Minarich at megan.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu for details. Fostering Writing and Collaboration in the Classroom Thursday September…

Posted on August 29, 2017 in Events, News, ,


August Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

In these hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s new course management system, Brightspace. Bring your own laptop computer so you can explore and build content in our test course! You will learn to confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course; post, edit, and copy content for students using a variety of tools;…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in Events, ,


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Classroom Response System Friday, August 11th

Top Hat is a “bring your own device” (BYOD) classroom response system that makes use of students’ personal mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) as response devices. BYOD systems offer a number of logistical and pedagogical advantages over traditional, “clicker”-based systems. Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide and is now…

Posted on August 7, 2017 in Events, , ,


Crafting Teaching Statements Workshop for Graduate Student & Postdocs

In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. Date: Wednesday, February 10th Time: 4:15-5:45pm Location: Center for…

Posted on February 8, 2016 in Events, , ,


Local CIRTL Workshop on Evidence-Based Teaching

  VU-CIRTL is conducting an Evidence-based Teaching Workshop January 7th and 8th. The workshop is designed for future faculty with no experience with teaching as research however all graduate students, post docs, faculty, and staff are welcome. Workshop topics include how people learn, challenge-based learning, course design, assessment, classroom management, classroom technology, and scholarly resources….

Posted on December 15, 2015 in Events, , ,


Upcoming Teaching Workshops for Graduate Students & Postdocs

An Enticing Glimpse into Your Classroom: Crafting an Effective Teaching Portfolio In this workshop we will gather and select documentation to help capture your unique approach to teaching. As a participant, you will receive individualized feedback on your documents which will help you determine how best to describe your pedagogy and to discern which items…

Posted on November 13, 2015 in Events, News, , ,


Flipping the Classroom: Putting Principles Into Practice

Date: Tuesday, August 25 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: Center for Teaching Facilitator: Cynthia Brame, CFT Assistant Director Audience: New and Returning Faculty The flipped classroom has captured the attention of the higher education community with its promise to help students prepare before class for more engaged, critical learning in class. The ideas behind the flipped classroom…

Posted on August 3, 2015 in Events, , ,


Teaching Inclusively to Diverse Groups

Date: Monday, August 24 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: Center for Teaching Facilitator: Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Audience: New and Returning Faculty In our increasingly diverse classrooms, it is important to support the development of every student and to structure equal opportunities for learning for all who enroll.  Unfortunately, our teaching practices may fall short in…

Posted on July 24, 2015 in Events, , ,


Curricular Redesign with the CFT

One characteristic of “the best college teachers,” according to Ken Bain (author of the book by this name and founder of the Vanderbilt CFT), is the ability to “reflect deeply on the nature of thinking within their fields“: They know what has to come first, and they can distinguish between foundational concepts and elaborations or illustrations of…

Posted on July 14, 2014 in Commentary, News, Resource, , ,