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HASTAC Scholars program now accepting applications!

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions brought together by their shared interest in the intersections of digital media, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, science, technology, and the arts. Up to nine Vanderbilt University graduate students will be appointed as HASTAC Scholars. Scholars will be matched to...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 in News, Resource | Tags: , , No Comments »


Learn about Top Hat, Vanderbilt’s NEW Classroom Response System

Tuesday, June 27th 2-3pm If you have previously used TurningPoint or another classroom response system and plan to incorporate polling in your class this fall, then this demo session is for you! Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


Top Hat Training Opportunity This Week!

Thursday, June 15th 10:00 am Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and staff across campus starting July 2017.  Instructors teaching with “clickers” are invited to consider Top Hat for in-class student polling. In this web-based introductory session, Kara Dingboom,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


One BOLD-Fellows Journey from Cellular Platelet Biologist to Discovery Science Educator

by Kendra Oliver, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension and former CFT BOLD Fellow Only a few days after my graduation with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, I had the opportunity to attend the BOLD Fellows annual presentation session. Over the next hour, I heard from Fellows from many different disciplines describe innovating...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


Newly Revised CFT Guide on Course Design

The Understanding by Design teaching guide was recently updated by Ryan Bowen, a graduate teaching fellow at the Center for Teaching. Understanding by Design is a book written by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe that offers a framework for designing courses, content units, and lessons. The teaching guide walks readers through “backward design” which is...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017 in News, Resource | Tags: , No Comments »


CFT is accepting applications for an Instructional Technologist!

We’re hiring! The CFT is seeking applicants for an Instructional Technologist position. This position will support faculty, students, and staff at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system, and other online learning platforms.  The Instructional Technologist will report to the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology and work...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Top Hat Selected as Vanderbilt’s Classroom Response System

The Center for Teaching is glad to announce that the classroom response system Top Hat will be available to faculty, students, and staff across campus starting July 2017.  Instructors teaching with “clickers” are invited to consider Top Hat for in-class student polling. Classroom response systems are educational technologies that allow instructors to rapidly collect and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in News | No Comments »


BOLD program instructional materials reach over 2500 Vanderbilt students, 65,000 others

How do you find your way to safety when you’re sailing and the GPS fails? How do you determine whether a child’s babbling indicates that her language is developing as you would expect? What effect does decreased breathing rate have on blood pH, and why? If you’re designing a heat engine and are choosing between...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


CFT Celebrates Certificate in College Teaching Graduates

Congratulations to the all the participants who completed the Certificate in College Teaching, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, and the Certificate in Humanities Teaching and Learning this past year! The purpose of the certificate programs is to assist graduate students and post doctoral fellows who wish to gain a clearer,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. Tenure-track and non-tenure track, full-time faculty who will be in their second through sixth year in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply. Fellows will participate in a series of faculty development opportunities designed to enhance their teaching and build their teaching community. They...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


Reflections from the Teaching Difference, and Power Symposium: Class Matters

On April 25th, the CFT hosted a Teaching, Difference, and Power symposium focused on the ways teaching and learning can be shaped or challenged by social class.  This was as an event to celebrate and extend discussions that took place over the Fall and Spring of a CFT learning community on social class. About thirty...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


Creating Art in an Inclusive Classroom Environment

There’s a new piece of art hanging in the Center for Teaching: a quilt made by Nila Huddleston, a Next Steps student who took Alex Sargent’s costume design course last semester. While the quilting portion was a collaborative effort among the whole class, Nila did all of the design work and drew the animals. A...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


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...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 in News, Resource | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Flipping the Traditional Mentoring Model

by Rachel Biel, CFT Undergraduate Intern This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for Spectrum Health—a healthcare system in my hometown, Grand Rapids, MI. For the summer I was assigned to work with Senior Project Manager Rebecca Content, whose project was joint venture with another local hospital to provide primary care and specialty...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 in Commentary | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Summer Intensive Grad and Postdoc Programs at the CFT

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,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , , No Comments »