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Cornell University

Connecting Research and Teaching Conference

Workshop Information

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Derek Bruff
Director of Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

Keynote Speaker, May 21, 2018

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

May 21, 2018 • Cornell University

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7:45am-8:00am Breakfast available

8:00am-8:30am Welcome and introductions

8:30am-10:45am Paper presentations 1

11:00am-12:00pm Poster session

12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm-1:20pm Roundtable discussions

1:30pm-2:30pm Paper presentations 2

2:45pm-4:15pm Keynote with Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University

4:15pm-5:00pm Informal wine and cheese reception

Keynote Presentation

More Than Just Shiny Objects: Using Technology to Support Student Learning (2:45 pm)

An understanding of how learning works can help us make teaching choices that more effectively foster student learning. When new technologies enter the scene, however, it’s not always clear how they fit into this process. Educational technology can facilitate new avenues for student learning, but if we’re not careful to use that technology in ways consistent with principles of learning, the technology can become just a distracting shiny object. In this talk, we’ll explore a few of those principles of learning and how they can help us be more intentional and effective as we integrate technology in our teaching.

Derek Bruff, Keynote Presenter

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’s research interests include educational technology, visual thinking, and social pedagogies. He blogs on these topics at, 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.

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