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An assistant director at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and senior lecturer in mathematics at Vanderbilt, Derek Bruff consults regularly with instructors in a variety of disciplines at Vanderbilt and elsewhere about educational technology and other teaching and learning topics, helping them to develop and refine their teaching skills, deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process, and take a more scholarly approach to teaching.
Bruff's research interests center on investigating effective uses of classroom response systems ("clickers"). His book on the topic,Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments, was published by Jossey-Bass in February 2009, and he blogs on the topic on his official website. He speaks regularly on the use of classroom response systems and has been interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education,Inside Higher Ed, and The National Teaching & Learning Forum.
In his mathematics teaching, Bruff emphasizes concepts and applications in addition to computational procedures, uses technology to increase student engagement in and out of class, and engages in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Prior to his current position, Bruff taught in the mathematics department at Harvard University. He has a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Jim Vanides is a member of the HP Global Social Innovation team, responsible for worldwide education philanthropy strategy. He is also the Senior Program Manager for education technology grants for school systems and higher education institutions in the US. He is the author of the blog, "Teaching, Learning, and Technology in Higher Education" and is a contributing author on K12 education blogs. He also teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound. Jim's past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.