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The CFT has prepared guides to a variety of teaching topics with summaries of best practices, links to other online resources, and information about local Vanderbilt resources.

  1. Academic Integrity
  2. Accommodating Student Athletes In the Classroom
  3. Active Learning
  4. An Introduction to Lecturing
  5. Beyond the Essay: Making Student Thinking Visible in the Humanities
  6. Blended and Online Learning
  7. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  8. Case Studies
  9. Cheating & Plagiarism
  10. Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)
  11. Classroom Response Systems (“Clickers”)
  12. Collaborative Learning
  13. Difficult Dialogues
  14. Digital Textbooks: Working with publisher-provided online platforms
  15. Digital Timelines
  16. Discussions
  17. Effective Educational Videos
  18. Feminist Pedagogy
  19. First Day of Class
  20. Flipping the Classroom
  21. Gathering Feedback from Students
  22. Grading Student Work
  23. Graduate Education
  24. Group work: Using cooperative learning groups effectively
  25. How People Learn
  26. Incorporating Research into Science Courses
  27. Increasing Inclusivity in the Classroom
  28. International Teaching Assistants Guide
  29. Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT)
  30. Keeping Stress from Evolving into Distress: A Guide on Managing Student Stress through Course Design
  31. Learning and Course Management Systems (LMS/CMS)
  32. Learning Spaces
  33. Learning Styles
  34. Leveraging Travel Abroad: Collecting and Teaching with Authentic Resources
  35. Making Better PowerPoint Presentations
  36. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  37. Mentoring Graduate Students
  38. Metacognition
  39. Mindfulness in the Classroom
  40. Motivating Students
  41. Office Hours and E-mail
  42. One-on-One Teaching & Independent Studies
  43. Pedagogy for Professional Schools and Students
  44. Peer Review of Teaching
  45. Podcasting
  46. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  47. Service Learning & Community Engagement
  48. Service Learning Challenges & Opportunities
  49. Service Learning Step by Step
  50. Student Evaluations
  51. Supervisors of Teaching Assistants
  52. Syllabus Design
  53. Teaching Assistants
  54. Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom
  55. Teaching First-Generation College Students
  56. Teaching First-Year Students
  57. Teaching in Times of Crisis
  58. Teaching Laboratory Classes
  59. Teaching Large Classes
  60. Teaching Outside the Classroom
  61. Teaching Portfolios
  62. Teaching Problem Solving
  63. Teaching Statements
  64. Teaching Statistics
  65. Teaching Students with Disabilities
  66. Teaching Sustainability
  67. Teaching with Blogs
  68. Teaching Vanderbilt Undergraduates
  69. Team-based learning
  70. Test-enhanced learning: Using retrieval practice to help students learn
  71. Understanding by Design
  72. Visual Learning
  73. Wikis
  74. Wireless in the Classroom
  75. Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions


Articles and Essays

Teaching Forum Newsletter Articles

Between 1998 and 2003 the CFT published a newsletter called Teaching Forum which printed articles about a variety of teaching topics as well as notices of CFT news and events. Back issues ofTeaching Forum are available online at the link above and in the library.

Essays on Teaching Excellence

The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network is the professional organization to which teaching centers such as the CFT belong. POD publishes several “Essays on Teaching Excellence” each semester, and these are available at the link above. Note that you must have a VUNet ID and password to view these articles.