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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Nicolette Kostiw

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Nicolette Kostiw, Center for Latin American Studies, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. I have a PhD in History and my specialization is nineteenth-century Brazil. My research examines the end of slavery in Brazil, looking specifically at the ways...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Catch up on Season Three of the Leading Lines Podcast

In the two latest episodes of the Leading Lines podcast we speak with Eric Schmalz, Citizen History Community Manager at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. Schmalz works with the Holocaust Museum’s History Unfolded project. The museum calls the project a “citizen history” project,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


September Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

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! You will learn to confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course; post, edit, and copy content for students using a variety of tools;...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


The Center for Second Language Studies to Offer Four New Working Groups

All language teachers and learners are all invited to participate in any (or all) of four CSLS working groups this year. All have initial meetings in the coming weeks.       Students as Filmmakers: Editing Tools in the Foreign Language Classroom First Meeting: Thursday, Sept 14th 3 pm Contact: Kate Schaller This working group...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , No Comments »


Junior Faculty Spotlight: Brett Byram

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Brett Byram, Biomedical Engineering, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. Ultrasound is the most used medical image method in the United States, but it’s notorious for making terrible, uninterpretable images.  Because of this a significant focus in my lab...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


CFT Thanks our Teaching Affliliates!

Kaleigh Bangor (German, Russian & East European Studies), Emma Banks (Anthropology), Todd Evans (Mechanical Engineering), Andrea Gardiner (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Kyle Godbey (Physics), Daniel Kidd (Physics), Danielle Kopke (Biological Sciences), Elleansar Okwei (Chemistry), Katie Yewell (Economics), Laine Walters Young (Divinity) Every August, the Center for Teaching offers Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO) to all new...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017 in News | Tags: , No Comments »


Learn About Vanderbilt’s New Classroom Response System Monday, Sept. 11th

Monday, September 11, 2-3pm If you think you might want to incorporate polling in your class, then this demo session is for you! Top Hat is the first classroom response system to be adopted campus-wide at Vanderbilt. Top Hat is available to faculty, students, and staff across campus. In this web-based introductory session, Kara Dingboom,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


Teaching Writing Workshop Series in September

The Vanderbilt Writing Studio is offering The Teaching Writing Workshop Series. The workshops are geared toward supporting those who teach writing across the disciplines at Vanderbilt University, and workshops are open to faculty and graduate students from all departments. Contact Megan Minarich at megan.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu for details. Fostering Writing and Collaboration in the Classroom Thursday September...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 in Events, News | Tags: , No Comments »


September 5-6: The Open Classroom, Two Days of Teaching Visits

The Center for Teaching will host “The Open Classroom: Two Days of Teaching Visits” Sept. 5 and 6. This program will showcase examples of best teaching practices featuring talented faculty from across the university. During the event, faculty hosts will open their classrooms to registered faculty and graduate student visitors. These visitors will attend their choice...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 in Events | Tags: No Comments »


Talking to your students about Brightspace – Fall 2017

Many instructors have asked us where students will go to learn about Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. While students are always welcome to reach out for support, we put together a list of four important resources that students will find helpful as they navigate this new course management system. Instructors can feel free to share this post...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 in Resource | Tags: No Comments »


Fall Courses Available on Brightspace

Fall courses are now available on Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. Brightspace can be used to share course resources with students, communicate with students and engage them in discussion, administer quizzes and other assignments, and provide students with feedback on their learning. Faculty are invited to prepare their courses on brightspace.vanderbilt.edu and activate them...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 in News | No Comments »


CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2017 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Brett Byrum (Biomedical Engineering), Christopher Caldelaria (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Teresa Dunleavy (Teaching & Learning), Nicolette Kostiw (Center for Latin American Studies), Kanah Lewallen (Nursing), Shihong Lin (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michiru Lowe (Asian Studies), Sara Mayeux (Law), Natasha McClure (Nursing), Marzia Milazzo (English), Mary Lauren Pfieffer (Nursing), Jannyse Starks (Nursing), Claudine...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , No Comments »


August Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

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! You will learn to confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course; post, edit, and copy content for students using a variety of tools;...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , No Comments »


Teaching, Difference, and Power

Teaching after Charlottesville

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director This weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, saw hateful and bigoted speech turn into deadly violence. As classes at Vanderbilt resume this month, these events will be on the minds of students and faculty returning to campus. They’re certainly on my mind. I think of my visit to the University of...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Teaching with Blogs: A Leading Lines Interview with Humberto Garcia

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m happy to announce the start of Season 3 of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology co-produced by the Center for Teaching. Our new season launches with an interview with Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. I met Humberto several years ago...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in News | Tags: , , , , No Comments »