Derek Bruff, PhD, Director of the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
IP Presidents Room, University Tower
Our students bring a rich array of knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives to our courses. We often recognize the value of leveraging diversity in solving research problems, in technological innovation, and in participatory democracy. However, leveraging student diversity in the classroom or online learning environments can be difficult, even when doing so is valued. How can instructors turn this challenge into an opportunity? And how can we create classroom environments in which every student is welcome to fully participate in learning? In this keynote, we’ll explore those questions and consider teaching practices that can involve more of our students actively in the construction of knowledge.
About the Speaker
Derek Bruff is director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics. As director, he oversees the Center’s programming and offerings for faculty and graduate students, helping them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching and learning. He also consults regularly with campus leaders about pedagogical issues, seeking to foster a university culture that supports effective teaching.
Bruff served on the board of directors of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network from 2010 to 2013, and currently serves as co-PI on a three-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation grant supporting the creation of two MOOCs (massive open online courses) on evidence-based teaching practices for future STEM faculty.
Bruff’s research interests include educational technology, visual thinking, and social pedagogies. He blogs on these topics at derekbruff.org, and his book, Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2009. Bruff has taught at Harvard University and has a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.