Derek Bruff

Educational technology and faculty development
Vanderbilt University, USA

Derek Bruff is assistant provost and executive director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, USA. Derek is also interim director of the Vanderbilt Digital Commons and a principal senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics.

As assistant provost, Derek plans and oversees faculty development and educational initiatives for the Office of the Provost. At the Center for Teaching, he directs programming for faculty and other instructors, helping them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching. At the Digital Commons, he oversees programming to help faculty develop the digital technology skills they need for research and teaching.

Derek is the author of 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). His scholarly interests include educational technology and faculty development, and he writes about these and other topics in his blog, Agile Learning. Derek is also producer and host of the podcasts Leading Lines, VandyVox, and One-Time Pod. He has a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and has taught undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses at Vanderbilt and Harvard University.

Develop your teaching with Derek Bruff
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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The Science Of Learning
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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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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Introduction To Teaching In Higher Education
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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