December 2018
Celebration of Learning: An Exhibition of Students as Producers
On February 4, 2019, the Center for Teaching will hold a Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers. The event will feature students from all over campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered, providing the Vanderbilt community with a picture of deep learning across the colleges and schools.

We are inviting faculty and other instructors to recommend students to participate in the Celebration of Learning. We are particularly interested in showcasing work done by students as part of courses taught at Vanderbilt. Have you asked your students to tackle open-ended problems, to operate with a degree of autonomy, or to share their work with wider audiences? Please think about students who might share a project from calendar year 2018.
We’re interested in all types of student projects—podcasts, Wikipedia entries, original research, board games, service-learning projects, digital stories, human-centered design, Twitter fiction, whatever! The event will be formatted like a poster session, but students don’t need to have made posters—we’ll accommodate just about any kind of student project.

To recommend a student, have them complete this participation form by January 21, 2019 . You can wait until the end of the fall semester to decide whom to recommend, or go ahead and recommend a student whose project is already complete.

If you’re interested in attending the Celebration of Learning, you can RSVP here. Questions about the event? Please contact CFT Program Coordinator Tracy Tveit.  

Are you interested in adding captions to your Kaltura videos?
When it comes to online videos, accessibility is very important.  Many times, self-made videos lack captions that can assist those who are hearing impaired.  To address this, Kaltura has added a new captioning tool that can help make your videos more accessible to others.

This tool is already enabled inside of your Kaltura instance inside of Brightspace.  To show you the basics of adding and editing captions for your Kaltura video, we have created two guides linked below.  These can also be found on our On-Demand Resources page.

Brightspace Help in December
Come the the CFT and get individual help during Brightspace drop-in hours or by appointment in a one-on-one consult with one of our instructional technologists. You can also email us at or check out this collection of step-by-step guides for help getting started.
December Drop-in Hours
Mondays  2:30pm – 4:30pm
Tuesdays  9:00am – 11:00am
Wednesdays  1:00pm – 3:00pm
Thursdays  10:00am – 12:00pm
NOTE: Thursday, December 20th is the last drop-in session for the year. 
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Junior Faculty Spotlight:
Sarah Suiter
Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Sarah Suiter, Human and Organizational Development, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests.
I am faculty in the Human & Organizational Development Department at Peabody College, but my primary teaching responsibilities lie with the Community Development & Action master’s degree program I direct. I am honored to teach CDA students and thoroughly enjoy having a front row seat to their learning and development. They are thoughtful, energetic, and passionate about making the world a better place. In teaching them and other students, I draw heavily on my own experience as a student, and seek to create courses and classroom environments that foster exploration and possibility.

Among the experiences on which I draw are three months spent in the Ecuadorian Andes in 2005, conducting research on an international development initiative that allowed many indigenous Ecuadorians to attend school for the first time. Over the course of the summer, my research partners and I traveled to countless mountain communities and interviewed 198 people about their experiences with the program. Most of the faces and stories of people I interviewed have long since faded into the recesses of my memory, however, the story of one man continues to shape and challenge the way I understand development initiatives specifically, and educational experience generally. When I asked him to describe what it was like to go to school, he told me, “Going to school was the best thing that ever happened to me…It was the best thing that ever happened to me because I met new people, went new places, and learned new things. I experienced a whole new world. But going to school was also the worst thing that ever happened to me - It was the worst thing that ever happened to me because, until I went to school, I never knew that I was…poor.”

Although it is unlikely that students in most university classrooms in the United States would have an experience of education quite this dramatic, my experiences as a student and as an instructor have taught me that the general sentiments often hold true: specifically, education, when well practiced, has the potential to open our minds and lives to the existence and importance of other people, places, and ideas, and that opening can profoundly change us. At the same time, the changes that take place are often uncomfortable, and – sometimes – lead us to realize things about ourselves that we would rather not know. The hope, of course, is that an educational community would also provide each of us with the space, time, and support to process and integrate such knowledge into our lives and self-concepts, and provide us with tools for continued growth. To me, the possibility of such a community is founded on quality teaching that builds on the ideas of students as intellectuals, students as citizens, and students as pioneers.

Students as intellectuals: Leading a classroom of students requires, first and foremost, that I present my class with materials and resources that are theoretically sound, thoroughly researched, and intellectually challenging. I believe that it is my responsibility as a teacher to present such material in creative ways that help students understand both its content and its implications.

Students as citizens: I believe that education should qualify students to pursue various paths after graduation, and prepare them to live as productive citizens. Often, this type of preparation requires helping students to realize and acknowledge their citizenship in the classroom and university community, as well as the communities that lie beyond.

In order to foster citizenship in the classroom, I emphasize that the classroom is a learning community, which implies that we have responsibilities to each other. I also create learning activities that facilitate relationships between students and opportunities for collaboration. When possible, I create structures through which students in my classroom have the opportunity to interact with people outside the university as well.

Students as pioneers: One of my favorite aspects of being a part of a university is the consistent possibility for innovation and discovery. I believe the classroom should be a place where students are encouraged to ask difficult questions, try new ideas, and forge uncharted territory. This is best accomplished when students (and professors) accomplish mastery in traditional theories and methods, and then seek intersections between disciplines and perspectives. In my experience as an instructor, I have been stretched and challenged by students whose astute and creative minds notice connections and contradictions I had not noticed. It is my hope and intention that my classroom is always a place that fosters excellence in learning, responsibility in relationship, and exploration in ideas.

Leading Lines Ed Tech Podcast with
Max Seidman

In this episode we talk with Max Seidman, senior game designer at Tiltfactor. Seidman gives us a tour of the Tiltfactor lab and discusses more about Tiltfactor’s research into games and social change.
To hear the podcast episodes you've missed, visit the Leading Lines website, search for “Leading Lines” in iTunes, or subscribe via RSS.  You can also follow us on Twitter, @LeadingLinesPod.
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