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Conversations on Teaching

conversation1Conversations on Teaching focus on emergent teaching and learning issues in an informal, discussion-based format.  These sessions provide members of the Vanderbilt teaching community a chance to share their teaching experiences and learn from each other.


Teaching Science Lunch Series


This fall, we are offering “teaching lunches” targeted toward science faculty. Each lunch will offer faculty an opportunity to learn about approaches from the literature and to discuss their own successes and challenges with colleagues. Contact Cynthia Brame with questions.



The Honor System

As faculty generally know, we and our students are governed by the Honor System (described in Chapter 9 in Part III of the Faculty Manual). Faculty may be less confident, however, about how to decide whether a violation is sufficiently flagrant to require a report to the Honor Council, and about the standards and range of penalties the Honor Council uses. Associate Dean of Students G.L. Black and Director of the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, & Academic Integrity Mary Helen Solomon will join us to talk about the evidentiary standard the Honor Council uses and how this may impact whether an instructor chooses to report a suspected violation or issue a warning to the student, as well as the kind of evidence that an instructor might share with the Honor Council. They will also share strategies that faculty use to avoid violations and will answer other questions that arise.

Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Stevenson Center 6333

No Registration Required



Student-Produced Podcasts

 Podcasts have been around since the early 2000s, but the medium has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, thanks to increasing smart phone adoption and to very popular podcasts like Serial and Radiolab. Educational uses of podcasts are growing, as well. Some instructors create podcasts for use in their courses, others assign podcasts as “texts” for students to listen and respond do. But with the ready availability of podcast creation tools, it’s easier than ever for instructors to ask students to produce podcasts, connecting students with authentic audiences for their academic work.

In this conversation, we’ll hear from three instructors about their experiences with podcasts as course assignments. Panelists include John Sloop, professor of communication studies and associate provost for digital learning; Larisa DeSantis, assistant professor of earth and environmental studies; and Stacey M. Johnson, assistant director for educational technology at the Center for Teaching and senior lecturer of Spanish.

The conversation will be moderated by Derek Bruff, director of the Center for Teaching. The conversation is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, and the Center for Digital Humanities.

Date: Tuesday, November 7th
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Heard Central Library Community Room