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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 »


Listen to the Leading Lines Podcast with William Pannapacker

In the latest episode of the Leading Lines podcast Stacey M. Johnson interviews William Pannapacker, DuMez Professor of English and Senior Director of the Mellon Grand Challenges Presidential Initiative at Hope College in Michigan. Pannapacker is a Walt Whitman scholar, and a proponent and supporter of the digital liberal arts. In the interview, he talks about...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 in Podcast | Tags: , No Comments »


Brightspace Launched as Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

The Center for Teaching is excited to announce that Brightspace is now available for instructors planning their summer and fall courses.  Brightspace will replace Blackboard as Vanderbilt’s course management system starting this summer.  The new platform has a modern, responsive design and a number of features that faculty and students will find useful, including drag-and-drop...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


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...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 in Grants, News, Resource | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


Apply to be a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow!

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. The  program is designed to help you: Learn from the teaching experiences of colleagues Develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your teaching over time Build a teaching community at Vanderbilt Learn to balance and integrate your teaching and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »


Course Design Grad Student & Postdoc Workshop

Many graduate students do not get the opportunity to design their own syllabi or design and organize their courses. This workshop has been developed to assist graduate students in being more aware and intentional about how to design a course and syllabus overall. The workshop will include feedback from faculty in various departments about their thought...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017 in Events | Tags: , , No Comments »


Junior Faculty Spotlight: Guojun Wang

Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Guojun Wang, Asian Studies, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. As a scholar, I mainly study late imperial Chinese literature and culture. At Vanderbilt, I teach an array of subjects related to Chinese literature. The courses I offer...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017 in News | Tags: No Comments »