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Engaging Ethically and Actively in Online Communities

Jan. 8, 2019—by Chelsea Yarborough, Graduate Teaching Fellow, and Derek Bruff, Director The CFT’s learning community on teaching digital literacies concluded its fall conversation series on November 13th with a discussion of the ways instructors can help students participate productively in online communities. To get the conversation started, Derek Bruff, CFT director, invited each of our three...

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Catch up on Season Three of the Leading Lines Podcast

Sep. 18, 2017—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,...

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Teaching with Blogs: A Leading Lines Interview with Humberto Garcia

Aug. 15, 2017—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...

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Blackboard Blogging for the Classroom

Oct. 5, 2016—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....

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New Educational Technology Working Groups

Sep. 10, 2015—At the Center for Teaching, we regularly consult with faculty and graduate student instructors on ways to use technology to meet their teaching and learning objectives.  Although technology use should always be driven by pedagogical priorities, sometimes instructors learn about particular technologies and want to explore ways those technologies might fit their teaching needs.  This...

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Professors tweak their pedagogical style with blogs

Dec. 6, 2012—Vanderbilt faculty are increasing incorporating online wiring in their teaching. A recent article by Joan Brasher highlights the work of Assistant Professor of English Humberto Garcia and his course blog The Romantic Period: Romanticism and Apocalypse and Allison Schachter, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and English and her course blog Literature, Photography and Memory.  ...

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Upcoming Event: Teaching with Blogs – It’s Not About Sharing What You Had for Breakfast

Oct. 9, 2012—Join us for this upcoming Conversation on Teaching! Teaching with Blogs – It’s Not About Sharing What You Had for Breakfast Date & Time: Tuesday, October 16 4:10-5:30pm   Increasingly, Vanderbilt instructors are incorporating blogs into their course design. While blogs help students reflect on, comment about, and introduce new ideas to course material, they also require...

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Ask Professor Pedagogy: Using Course Blogs

Oct. 5, 2012—Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like...

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New Website Features Course Blogs

Sep. 11, 2012—Increasingly, Vanderbilt instructors are incorporating blogs into their course design. The CFT has assembled blogs from several of these courses in one place. Course Blogs at Vanderbilt is a mash-up of live feeds representing a wide variety of courses that use blogging to help students reflect on, comment about, and introduce new ideas to course...

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From the Director

Aug. 3, 2012—It’s been fascinating in recent weeks to read story after story about open, online education.  Last spring, online courses at a handful of universities attracted hundreds of thousands of students.  This summer brought news of more institutions experimenting in this arena, partnering with online education companies to do so.  All this buzz has led to...

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