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BOLD Fellow’s Work Highlighted on American Society for Microbiology Education Blog

by Rachel Biel, CFT Undergraduate Intern In this edition of the CFT blog, we want to highlight the work of a past Blended & Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellow, Noah Green. Noah was a BOLD Fellow during the 2014-2015 academic year, and finished his doctoral studies in biological sciences in May of 2015. He currently…

Posted on April 24, 2017 in News, Resource, , , ,


Upcoming Deadlines for VIDL Faculty Grants.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) offers support for faculty for research and instructional improvement, and support for students in the form of fellowships and internships. Support takes the form of limited monetary support, technical consulting, equipment loans and production services. Faculty Programs MacroGrants (Deadline April 28) VU faculty and staff may apply for a seed-funding…

Posted on April 14, 2017 in Grants, News, Resource, , , , ,


How is the current political climate impacting your interactions with your students?

A group of about 35 current and former Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows recently met at the Center for Teaching to discuss this question, looking for ways to promote dialog and learning that can help students navigate our highly polarized world. The participants teach classes across the university, within Peabody School of Education, the School of…

Posted on April 3, 2017 in Commentary, News, Resource


Assessment, Implicit Bias, and the Impact on Student Learning, Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Implicit bias, in its simplest form, describes prejudicial judgment that affects social behavior. Despite its relatively unconscious nature, it is still possible to identify specific attitudes that reflect our predispositions toward socially marginalized groups. In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which implicit bias, when left unchecked, can adversely affect our teaching and…

Posted on March 20, 2017 in Events, News, , , , ,


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

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! By the end of the session, users will be able to: Confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course Post, edit, and copy content…

Posted on March 14, 2017 in Events, News,


CFT Offers Summer Intensive Grad and Postdoc Programs

The Center for Teaching is happy to announce that we are offering two Summer Intensive programs this May for Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs.  The first Summer Intensive program is for the Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning (CHTL) and is open to humanities graduate students and postdocs.  Similar to our academic year-long version of the CHTL,…

Posted on March 13, 2017 in Events, News, , , ,


Microaggression Teaching Workshop March 16

When teaching, it is almost guaranteed that microaggressions will take place. These seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression can deleteriously effect the teaching-learning environment, our students, and ourselves. As common as microaggressions are, it is equally common that educators are at times unsure of the best way to intervene, particularly in ways that maintain…

Posted on March 8, 2017 in Events, News, , , ,


Junior Faculty Spotlight: Jessica Oster

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Jessica Oster, Earth and Environmental Sciences, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. Global climate change is among the most serious and complex issues of our time, especially as it is projected to cause serious but uncertain changes in the…

Posted on March 7, 2017 in News, , , ,


“Students as Producers” Course Design Institute May 8-10

The CFT invites Vanderbilt faculty members to apply to its 2017 Course Design Institute on the theme of “Students as Producers.” During the three-day institute (May 8-10, 2017) participants will design (or redesign) courses that engage students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. This year’s institute will include a track for…

Posted on March 6, 2017 in Events, News, , , ,


Instructors Open Classroom Doors for Two Days of Teaching Visits Across Campus

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern This year’s Open Dores Teaching Visits program was a success. On September 27th and 28th dozens of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students visited forty classrooms and observed the teaching practices of faculty in a wide variety of disciplines. On Wednesday afternoon, a number of the hosts and visitors gathered…

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Events, News, ,