Derek Bruff

Educational technology and faculty development
Higher education consultant, USA

Derek Bruff is an educator, author, and higher ed consultant. He directed the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching for more than a decade, where he helped faculty and other instructors develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching, and he’s given talks on teaching and learning at dozens of colleges and universities. Bruff has written two books, Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching (West Virginia University Press, 2019) and Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He writes a weekly newsletter called Intentional Teaching. Bruff has a PhD in mathematics and has taught math courses at Vanderbilt and Harvard University.

Develop your teaching with Derek Bruff
Small Teaching: Self Explaining
Small Teaching: Self Explaining
by Derek Bruff, James M. Lang

Self explaining, or explaining to others, helps students process, rehearse and reinforce their learning, and it can be easily incorporated into face-to-face and online classes.

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The Science Of Learning
by James M. Lang, Flower Darby, Derek Bruff, Todd D. Zakrajsek
Over the last few decades, neuroscience has done much to unlock how we learn. This learning path highlights the main findings, and how you can apply these lessons in your classes.
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Students working in a lab
Classroom Practice: Active Learning
by Derek Bruff

Active learning is a technique that enables students to engage with peers and reflect on what they're learning. In this course, we explore how to build active learning activities into time-limited class sessions. 

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Invitation to University Teaching
Introduction To Teaching In Higher Education
by James M. Lang, Chris Hakala, Todd D. Zakrajsek, Jay Howard, Derek Bruff, Naomi Winstone, Sam Elkington
If you're new to teaching in higher education or want to brush up on those foundational concepts and skills, this learning path provides a rapid grounding in the essentials and suggestions for further study.
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Intentional Tech_An Interview with Derek Bruff
'Intentional Tech': An Interview with Derek Bruff
by Derek Bruff, James M. Lang
In this interview, James M. Lang catches up with Derek Bruff, the author of Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching and learns more about the book’s origins.
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