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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, ,


Blackboard Blogging for the Classroom

by Brandon N. Crawford, CFT Instructional Technologist The Vanderbilt Center for teaching recently released a comprehensive guide to Teaching with Blogs. Blackboard users on campus will be interested to know that a blog tool is included in every Blackboard course, and can be used to support student learning inside of the secure course management environment….

Posted on October 5, 2016 in News, Resource, , ,


Advancing Open Access & Open Education at Vanderbilt Talk this Thursday

Members of the Vanderbilt teaching community interested in open education might be interested in a talk this Thursday at the library. Nick Shockey, Director of Programs and Engagement, and Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) are speaking at Vanderbilt on Thursday, September 29 at 10:00am in…

Posted on September 27, 2016 in Events, News, ,


Open Dores: Two Days of Teaching Visits

by Marianna Sharp, CFT Communications Intern On September 27th and 28th some of Vanderbilt’s talented faculty members will be opening their classrooms to their fellow professors and graduate students. This year’s Open Dores CFT event differs somewhat from past years’ Teaching Visit programming—more condensed, but with a wider selection of classrooms open for visitors. In…

Posted on September 21, 2016 in Events, News, ,