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BOLD Fellow Zane Ricks Creates Interactive Learning Module for Biostatistics Course

Jan. 6, 2014—The BOLD Fellows program is designed to bring together graduate students and faculty members interested in blended and online learning. Graduate students develop online learning modules for implementation in a faculty mentor’s course and then gather data on the effects of the modules on student learning. BOLD Fellow Zane Ricks worked with faculty mentor Dr....

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Cumberland Project 2012 – Faculty Reflections

Jun. 11, 2012—This guest post comes from James Fraser, Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development. He is also involved with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE) and the Program in American Studies. Fraser, along with 11 other participants, took part in a two-day retreat where instructors learned about the array of resources available...

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Emily Nacol

Dec. 7, 2011—“The initial challenge for undergraduate teachers of classic texts like the ones on my syllabi is finding a way to ease students’ trepidation about their ability to understand, much less criticize, daunting works like Plato’s Republic or Marx’s Capital.” A class of many students generates a diverse set of comments and questions, but as I...

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Humberto Garcia

Nov. 7, 2011—  Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Humberto Garcia, Assistant Professor in the English Department talks about his teaching philosophy and interests: “By using YouTube videos, paintings, e-mail, films, blog websites, etc., my goal is to access my students’ media ecology, the sites in which...

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A Conversation on Student and Faculty Expectations for Writing

Nov. 1, 2011—This is a guest post by Katherine Fusco, assistant director at the Vanderbilt Writing Studio and lecturer in English. On September 27th, the CFT and the Writing Studio co-hosted an event centered on what faculty and students think about writing. When I work with student writers at the Writing Studio, I sometimes find myself beating...

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Twitter as an Enabler of Critical Thinking

Oct. 18, 2011—This is a guest post by Corbette Doyle, a Lecturer in Leadership, Policy & Organizations, and Steph Milne, her TA. In addition to her TA role, Steph recently earned her undergraduate degree and is currently a second-year graduate student in LPO. This Thursday, October 20th, at 4:00 p.m., Corbette and Steph will be discussing their...

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Ioana Suvaina

Oct. 5, 2011—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Ioana Suvaina, Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department talks about her teaching philosophy and interests: College is a wonderful period in one’s life. It is a time of discovering the world around us through science, art and interactions. It...

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The University’s Social Responsibilities – A Faculty View of the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

Sep. 27, 2011—This is a guest post by Doug Fisher. Doug is an associate professor of computer science and computer engineering. Doug also recently served as a program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems. This post is part of our series of posts related to the CFT’s 25th anniversary. I thoroughly...

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Jon Edd

Sep. 23, 2011—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Jon Edd, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department talks about his teaching philosophy and interests: After teaching thermodynamics for a year and a half, I find that one of the primary challenges for students is to assimilate the...

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Economic Challenges and the Future of Teaching – A Faculty View of the CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

Sep. 20, 2011—“[I]t is readily apparent that any enterprise will benefit from young men and women who can think critically, creatively, broadly yet deeply, in a variety of content areas. Vanderbilt will contribute to the future of teaching by fostering these skills and by elucidating their inherent value to all stakeholders.“ This is a guest post by Kimberly...

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