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Workshops

CFT staff run Brightspace workshops for instructors interested in learning how to use Brightspace tools effectively and efficiently. We are also available during the academic year to facilitate Brightspace workshops on topics both general and specific for departments, programs, and schools, upon request. Email brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about these offerings or the possibility of an invited workshop.

See the main CFT website for other teaching workshops, including workshops focused on educational technology, and for extensive resources on teaching in the fall 2021 semester.

Click here to go directly to our Workshop Calendar.

 


FALL 2021 Workshops

Turnitin 

Are you an instructor planning to use Turnitin this semester, either for the originality checker or for the easy-to-use grading features? If so, plan on joining us for a frank conversation about how to use Turnitin to support student learning and spend less time grading. Panelists include Vanderbilt faculty Derek Bruff (Math/CFT) and Stephanie Gollobin (English Language Center) and a representative from Turnitin, all of whom can answer questions and demo key features.

Wednesday, September 8th 1:00-2:00 pm on Zoom

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Gradescope 

Gradescope is tool that helps instructors administer and grade all of their assessments, whether online or in-class. With features that allow for multiple graders, auto-updating rubrics, and more, this tool can help reduce the grading load in classes with certain kinds of assessments. Join the Brightspace as well as a representative from Gradescope to learn more, ask questions, and demo key features. 

Wednesday, September 8th 2:00-3:00 pm via Zoom

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Perusall 

Perusall is tool that allows students to engage in the social annotation of text, audio, and video. With features such as hashtags, upvoting, and automatic grading to complement the asynchronous discussions, your students will be more engaged than ever as they prepare readings and go over homework using Perusall. Join Vanderbilt faculty Stacy Simplican (Gender & Sexuality Studies) and Phillip Pettis (Sociology) as well as a representative from Perusall to learn more, ask questions, and demo key features.

Thursday, August 19th 1:00-2:00 pm via Zoom

 

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Tools for Creating Videos

If you or your students will be creating videos this semester as part of a course, this session will walk you through some of the options at Vanderbilt for creating and sharing video on Brightspace. Panelists include CFT staff and a representative from GoReact who can answer your questions and demo key features.  

Tuesday, August 17th 10:00am-11:00am (Central) via Zoom

 

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

A Beginner’s Guide to Brightspace 

In this hands-on workshop for people who have little to no experience teaching online with Brightspace, participants will get oriented to Vanderbilt’s course management system and learn how to accomplish common teaching tasks. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Confidently navigate around the different areas of a Brightspace course
  • Post, edit, and link Content for students using a variety of tools
  • Communicate with students about important Brightspace tools
  • There will be time at the end of the workshop for participants to ask questions about using Brightspace.

Friday, August 20th 1:00-2:15pm via Zoom

Monday, August 23rd 11:00-12:15 via Zoom

Wednesday, September 1st 2:30-3:45 @ the Center for Teaching

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Getting the Most out of Brightspace 

This workshop is aimed at returning instructors who have used Brightspace before, but have questions, concerns, or just want to learn a few new tricks. Participants will explore some of the more useful features of Vanderbilt’s course management system and learn how to customize their courses. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Customize the NavBar, homepage, and other tools to fit their course
  • Post, edit, and link Content for students using a variety of tools including video
  • Communicate with students about important Brightspace tools
  • There will be time throughout the workshop for participants to ask questions about using Brightspace and help guide the discussion

 

Tuesday, August 31st 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Brightspace Template Tour 

The CFT has developed a template for online courses in Brightspace. If you are interested in learning more about the template to see if it might work for you, you can sign up for a one-hour workshop with Brightspace Instructional Technologist, Erica Brandon. Erica will walk you through the elements of the template so you can use it effectively, then provide you with your own copy that you can use to build your online course in Brightspace.
For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and this Brightspace support workshops page.

 

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about our drop-in hours on Thursdays or to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Rubrics Workshop 

Rubrics are organized grading schemes that can help you give better feedback in less time. In this workshop, participants will explore several models of rubrics and learn how to create their own easy-to-use rubrics on Brightspace or other Vanderbilt educational technologies.

Monday, August 23rd – 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom

Wednesday, September 22 – 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom

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For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Groups and Discussions in Brightspace Workshop 

Participants in this workshop will learn about how to use the Brightspace Groups and Discussions tools for engagement, interaction, formative assessment, individual journaling, and more. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Build discussion forums, topics, and threads using a variety of available options
  • Connect discussions to the gradebook and use the built-in assessment tools
  • Construct useful prompts and activities that will promote maximum engagement from your students

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Look forward to this workshop in September or reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about our drop-in hours on Thursdays or to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 

Assignments in Brightspace Workshop 

Participants in this workshop will learn about how to use the Brightspace Assignments tool to receive, organize, and provide feedback on student work. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Build assignments in the Content area and the Assignments tool
  • Select the most appropriate options and settings
  • Connect assignments to the gradebook and use the many built-in assessment and academic integrity tools

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Look forward to this workshop in September or reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about our drop-in hours on Thursdays or to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 

Setting up your Gradebook with Erica Brandon

Participants in this workshop will learn about the range of tools available in Brightspace to make grading more efficient and effective. By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Build a gradebook that mirrors the grading scheme in their syllabus
  • Understand and control how grades are viewed
  • Create a gradebook that can be used throughout the semester, and transferred into future courses

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Look forward to this workshop in September or reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about our drop-in hours on Thursdays or to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 


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