Category: Improving Teaching and Learning

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Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Communities Host ‘How Humans Learn’ Author Josh Eyler

April 13, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Josh Eyler, PhD, director of faculty development at the University of Mississippi and author of “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching,” recently spoke at a joint virtual meeting of the Faculty Reading Community and Grad Student & Postdoc Reading Community at Washington University in St. Louis. The reading groups, which […]

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Q&A from Supporting Students’ Mental Health in an Online Class with Habif Health and Wellness

April 8, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching and Learning and Habif Health and Wellness hosted a virtual conversation, “Supporting Students’ Mental Health in an Online Class,” on Monday, April 6. In the session, staff from Habif’s Mental Health Services (MHS) emphasized strategies for supporting students’ mental health in this new online environment. Staff also provided a brief update about […]

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Tips for Being More Inclusive in Online Teaching

April 8, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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“As you lead a class discussion or a meeting on Zoom, it’s all too easy to lose people in the process. But the principles of inclusive teaching can help you reach students in a virtual classroom, just as in a physical one,” said Kelly A. Hogan, associate dean of instructional innovation at the University of North […]

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How Technology is Changing Higher Ed: NYT Report

February 25, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Technology is slowly but surely changing the higher education landscape, according to a recent piece in The New York Times. The article focuses on institutions across the country that are implementing innovative technologies to improve learning. Institutions were historically “very risk-averse” to changing their approaches, said Gordon Jones, founding dean of the Boise State University College […]

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How to Better Support First-Generation College Students

February 21, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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About 56 percent of undergraduates nationally are first-generation college students, according to the most up-to-date numbers from from the U.S. Dept. of Education. Instructors should be aware of first-generation students and the challenges they face, which include but are not limited to lower levels of family financial support, a greater need for financial aid resources, and a […]

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Using a Different Approach to Foster Student Recall

January 27, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The cramming-and-forgetting cycle is all too common in student learning. One professor recently decided to implement a new approach to encourage long-term retention of material. Kirk Fischer, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Texas, decided to change his “Survey of Accounting” course by replacing its three midterm exams with weekly […]

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Five Ways to Make Your Classroom More Accessible This Semester

January 6, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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This post by guest author, Lacy Murphy, PhD student in Art History and Archeology, is the outgrowth of a Summer 2019 internship as Accessibility Liaison where she collaborated with Betha Whitlow, Visual Resource Center, Libby Lessentine and Heather Stout, both formerly of Disability Resources, and Dr. Meg Gregory, The Center for Teaching and Learning, to […]

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Takeaways from the 2019 POD Network Conference

December 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Educational Development team from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington University in St. Louis recently attended the 2019 POD Network Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference helps higher education professionals connect with one another and share research and best practices in teaching and learning. POD Network, which was founded in 1976, provides […]

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How to Give Better Feedback in the Classroom

November 19, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Feedback can be a powerful force in college classrooms, and there are ways to make the experience of providing and receiving it even stronger,” write Holly Fiock, instructional designer in the College of Education at Purdue University, and Heather Garcia, instructional design specialist at Oregon State University Ecampus, in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher […]

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Implementing Practical Tips for Teaching

November 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Students from different walks of life converge in a classroom for learning. They have different capabilities and personalities, adding to the diversity that comes with learning institutions. As such, if you want to be an effective teacher, you need to formulate and implement creative and innovative strategies that are practical and meet the needs of […]

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