Category: Integrating Active Learning

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New Harvard Study Shows Benefits of Active Learning Versus Lecture

September 5, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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A recent study from Harvard University researchers shows that even though students feel like they learn more through traditional lectures, they actually learn more in classrooms that employ active learning strategies. The study, which was published in a September 4 issue PNAS, exposes students in an introductory physics class at Harvard to lecture and active […]

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How to Improve Class Discussions

May 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Effective classroom discussions result from careful planning on the part of the instructor, writes Jay Howard, professor of sociology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, in a recent story in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Howard in the article shares tips for creating better class discussions including how to […]

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Implementing Virtual Reality in the Classroom

May 28, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Digital Pedagogies / Integrating Active Learning /

Extended reality is picking up steam as a viable technology to use in the classroom, but faculty and learning experts should make sure that a strong pedagogical foundation is in place before they implement the technology in their courses, according to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story outlines professors’ experiences […]

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A ‘Cheat Sheet’ for Active Learning

April 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University recently released a helpful guide to active learning. The document lists 10 steps that instructors can follow to implement active learning in their classroom including: Creating a safe and open environment; setting a goal for the activity; choosing the right exercise; identifying preparation for the exercise; considering links […]

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Strategies for Flipped Instruction Time Management

March 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Time management can be daunting for some instructors while teaching a flipped course, but there are steps faculty can take to make sure that class sessions are well-organized, writes Robert Talbert, associate professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University and the author of Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, in a […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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Integrating Active Learning into Lectures

January 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

Lecture has become a fraught topic in teaching recently, with some higher education professionals and research suggesting that active learning is a better approach than lecturing. However, lecture can work well in certain cases, especially when a mix of teaching practices are utilized in the classroom, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department at […]

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Four Ways to Form Student Groups

January 31, 2017 | Shawn Nordell

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In his popular eNewsletter, Tomorrow’s Professor, Rick Reis provides information on a wide variety of teaching and learning topics. In a recent post, he provided an excerpt on how to form student groups from a new book, A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice (2016), by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, […]

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New CIRCLE Fellow Discusses TIES Initiative

January 19, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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The Teaching Center and CIRCLE are pleased to announce 2016-2018 CIRCLE Fellow: Julie Bugg, Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences. A collaboration between The Teaching Center, and the Center for the Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education (CIRCLE), and the Office of the Provost, the two-year fellowship supports Washington University STEM faculty in designing […]

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Teaching Students How to Work in Diverse Groups

December 6, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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Staci Thomas, Lecturer, Olin Business School, participated in a panel discussion on November 4, 2016 on “Effective Teaching: Tips from Award Winning Faculty” at the recent Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Staci is one of the Washington University honorees for the 2016 Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching. […]

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