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Registration Open for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seminar

November 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Registration is now open for the graduate student and postdoc Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seminar. SoTL is is a field of study dedicated to systematic and reflective inquiry of the effects of one’s teaching practices on student learning. SoTL incorporates knowledge from educational and cognitive psychology research, and it leads to the dissemination […]

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How to End a Course: Teaching Tips

November 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Eric Fournier, Ph.D., Director of Educational Development at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis Imagine an evening concert with a firm midnight curfew.  The opening number grabs the crowd’s attention. The middle part of the show is filled with improvised riffs, extended […]

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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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Graduate Student Postdoc Spotlight with Siera Stoen from Physics

November 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Graduate Student Postdoc Spotlight features interviews with graduate students and postdocs doing innovative teaching work at WashU. Look out for future installments of this monthly column on our website. “Really consider the climate of your classroom and the language you’re using when you talk to students. How an instructor responds to students sets the […]

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Center for Teaching and Learning Unveils 2019 Emerson Award Honorees

November 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington University in St. Louis has announced the 2019 Emerson Award honorees. Each year, Emerson recognizes teachers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area with an Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes educators for their leadership in and passion for teaching, their contributions to student learning, and their […]

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Marketing Professor Highlights Real-World Experience in Learning

October 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Just as I like to see how things play out in research, I like to see how they play out in teaching. Giving students course material with real-world applications makes it stick,” said Elanor Williams, Associate Professor in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Williams teaches a course, “Consumer Behavior,” […]

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Professor Jesse Stommel on Trusting Students and Teaching in Higher Ed

October 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Why ­aren’t there departments of higher-education pedagogy? Why aren’t there for-credit classes being offered in higher-education teaching and learning?,” said Jesse Stommel, senior lecturer in digital studies at the University of Mary Washington and co-author of “An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy” (Hybrid Pedagogy, 2018), in a recent interview in The Chronicle […]

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Debunking ‘Neuromyths,’ or Misinformation About Learning

October 21, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Professors, instructional designers, and professional developers who support teaching are all susceptible to “neuromyths,” or false beliefs about learning that stem from misunderstandings about the brain, according to a recent report released by the Online Learning Consortium cited in a Chronicle of Higher Education newsletter.  One of the most widely accepted neuromyths is that students learn best […]

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Course Design Institute for Spring 2020

October 16, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching and Learning offers an opportunity to design (or redesign) a course for Spring 2020 through an upcoming Course Design Institute. Participants will meet in-person on January 6, 8, and 10, 2020, from 8:30-11:30 AM. The face-to-face meetings will be supported by online modules and resources in Canvas. Completion of all online […]

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Using Student Teamwork Effectively: Teaching Tips

October 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Emily Boyd, Ph.D., Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Have you ever asked students to work on a project or assignment in teams and seen their eyes roll all the way from the back of the classroom? I have. Many […]

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