Center For Teaching

One of the most helpful on-campus resources for guidance and information regarding the development and implementation of digital technology into your teaching is Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching.  The CFT’s website is rich in resources related to enhancing pedagogical practices, incorporating advanced features and finding support for Brightspace, and learning alternative content delivery tools.

Pedagogy

The CFT offers a wide-variety of teaching guides to help instructors develop and implement new practices into their teaching. EdTech highlights include:

 

Content Delivery

The CFT’s Bold Fellows Website offers useful guides to the following content delivery tools:

Individual Consultations

CfT teaching consultants, https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/about/staff/, are available to meet with instructors to help them clarify their teaching and learning goals and identify teaching strategies–including technologies–that fit their particular teaching contexts.  To schedule an individual or small group consultation at the CfT, please call (615) 322-7290 or email cft@vanderbilt.edu.

For larger pedagogical questions about how to incorporate a Blackboard tool effectively, the CfT offers individual consultations. Email brightspace@vanderbilt.edu and ask for a consultation with Stacey Johnson, Assistant Director.

The CFT also has a full-time Educational Technologist, Rhett McDaniel, who leads several workshops throughout the year and is available for small group or individual consultations by appointment.  Call (322-7290) or email to set-up an individual consultation.  Some of the tools Rhett McDaniel trains faculty in on a regular basis consist of, but are not limited to, the following: Blackboard, Camtasia, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Video Editing, HTML, Wordpress, Dreamweaver, Google Apps: Forms, Sketch-up, Drive, Box, etc., PowerPoint, Emaze, Prezi, Clickers, Video, Collaboration Software: Box, blogging, wikis, document sharing, Pixler.

Brightspace

The CfT provides technical and pedagogical support for instructors using Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s course management system. CfT staff are available to consult with individual instructors, as well as departments and programs, on ways Brightspace can support effective teaching in both face-to-face and blended learning environments.

The CfT Brightspace page offers many on-demand resources to improve and expand Brightspace usage.  Below are a few examples of the types of guides offered by the CFT.

 

For Instructors:

  • Course Management
  • Content
  • Assignments
  • Tests/Quizzes
  • Grades/Rubrics
  • Groups
  • Media on Brightspace
  • Library Resources on Brightspace
  • Academic Integrity
  • Video resources from Brightspace

For Students:

  • Navigation
  • Notifications
  • Assignments
  • Media/Kaltura

 

Brightspace support: Technological support (for troubleshooting), mailto:brightspace@vanderbilt.edu. Drop-in support hours, according to this schedule.

Blended and Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows

The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. STEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop online modules for integration into a course, either as a tool to promote flipping the classroom, a module for a blended course, or a unit within a MOOC. The teams investigate the use of these modules, collecting data about the effectiveness of the module for promoting student learning.

The BOLD Fellows program helps graduate students and faculty members solidify their understanding of course design processes, investigate their pedagogical choices, and consider their application to online learning, while simultaneously creating products that can directly benefit students in targeted classes.