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Combining Forces: Collaboration as a Tool for Teaching Digital Literacies

Apr. 17, 2019—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director In February we kicked off the spring semester learning community on teaching digital literacies with a conversation focused on collaborations at the university. The goal of this session was to consider the ways that different people have worked together to help students create digital projects...

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Science Teaching Essentials, a New Book by the CFT’s Cynthia Brame

Mar. 11, 2019—By Derek Bruff, CFT Director I am very excited to announce a new book from Cynthia Brame, associate director here at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching. Science Teaching Essentials: Short Guides to Good Practice (Academic Press, 2019) provides research-based strategies and resources for addressing common teaching challenges in the sciences, health professions, and engineering. Written...

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A Conversation on Teaching Collaborations and Digital Literacies

Feb. 5, 2019—The next conversation in our “teaching digital literacies” series is coming up in two weeks! Helping our students develop digital literacies often involves moving outside our own areas of expertise–and comfort zones. How can we collaborate with others to teach students skills that we ourselves are still learning? Join us for a conversation on collaborations...

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VandyVox, the Best of Student-Produced Audio at Vanderbilt University

Jan. 31, 2019—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I am very excited to announce a new podcast from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Vanderbilt Student Media! VandyVox showcases the best of student-produced audio at Vanderbilt University. Each episode features student work from a curricular or co-curricular project, including audio documentaries, radio dramas, spoken word essays, and ongoing...

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Top Hat Week Is Here!

Jan. 28, 2019—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director It’s Top Hat Week at Vanderbilt! What does that mean? Well, we’re encouraging everyone teaching a class at Vanderbilt this week to try Top Hat, Vanderbilt’s in-class polling system. You can use Top Hat to pose a multiple-choice or free-response question to your students and have them respond using their...

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Attend the Celebration of Learning on February 4th

Jan. 25, 2019—On February 4th the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. Research projects and design initiatives, podcasts and documentaries, candle-making devices and board games, clothing catalogs and virtual reality simulations… these and more will be on display in Alumni Hall from 2pm to 4pm. We’re inviting faculty,...

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Writing as a Design Process

Jan. 24, 2019—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director On Tuesday, November 6th, the CFT’s learning community on teaching design thinking hosted a lively conversation about writing as a design process. Both writing and design involve knowing one’s audience and being intentional about feedback and revision. We invited Haerin Shin, assistant professor of English, and Matthew Worsnick, assistant professor...

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Engaging Ethically and Actively in Online Communities

Jan. 8, 2019—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director The CFT’s learning community on teaching digital literacies concluded its fall conversation series on November 13th with a discussion of the ways instructors can help students participate productively in online communities. To get the conversation started, Derek Bruff, CFT director, invited each of our three...

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A Conversation on Multimodal Assignments

Nov. 5, 2018—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director On October 16, 2018, the Center for Teaching’s learning community on teaching digital literacies gathered for a conversation about multimodal assignments, those that include more than just the written word.  Three panelists joined the growing learning community to discuss the joys, challenges, and overall value...

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Education as a Design Process

Nov. 1, 2018—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director At the October meeting of the CFT’s “Teaching Design Thinking” learning community, Peabody’s Kristen Neal and Melissa Gresalfi shared their experiences teaching in Vanderbilt’s Learning and Design M.Ed. program. Students in this accelerated program spend ten months taking classes and working in teams with local partners, including schools and other...

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