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All Skate: Active Learning in Medicine and STEM

Presenter: Derek Bruff, PhD
Audience: Faculty, Staff, and Learners

Tuesday, Oct 25 @ 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Daly Center (MF) ,186

(online streaming will be available)


How can we make the most of the relatively limited time we have with our learners? Educational research is clear: engaging students in active learning leads to improved leaning outcomes over ‘continuous exposition by the instructor.’ But what is active learning? Why does it work? And how can we engage all of our learners using active learning strategy? In this keynote, we’ll explore teaching strategies, learning principles, and digital technologies for creating active learning environments – and inviting all our students into deeper learning.

About the Presenter:

Derek Bruff, PhD, Director for the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

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.

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 278-3089 or by email at

This event fulfills the Instructional Strategies competency for the Academy of Teaching Scholars.