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Crafting Email ‘Nudges’ to Boost Student Success

January 16, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Evidence-Based Strategies / Improving Teaching and Learning /

Classroom-based “nudges,” or interventions that encourage but do not mandate certain behavior, can often help boost students’ performance in a course, according to feedback from teachers and recent studies. For example, Zoë Cohen, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, saw that a large number of students failed the first exam in her “Physiology of […]

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Taking a ‘SMART’ Approach to Student Learning

January 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Many students believe that working harder and longer results in better outcomes, but sometimes working more efficiently is key to their success. Teachers can present a “SMART” approach to students to help them study more effectively, writes Conred Maddox, assistant professor of language arts at Honolulu Community College, in a recent Faculty Focus article. “SMART” practice stands […]

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Preparing for the First Day of Class (and Beyond)

January 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Course Design / Improving Teaching and Learning /

Whether you’re a first-time teacher or seasoned professional, the first day of class brings its own set of challenges. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education provides tips on preparing for the first day of class and how to use the first class session as a benchmark for success throughout the semester. The […]

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Teaching Students How to Write Effectively

January 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Teaching with Writing

Professors often complain about students’ writing but schools could do a better job of teaching students how to write, said John Warner in his new book, Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities. Warner, who is also a blogger for Inside Higher Ed, gave an interview recently on the website where he outlines […]

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Faculty Lunch and Learn: The Teaching Gallery at the Kemper Art Museum

December 19, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Washington University faculty are invited to a light lunch and information session about the Kemper Art Museum’s Teaching Gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to displaying works from the collection with direct connections to WashU courses, on Thursday, January 31 from 12-1 PM in the Kemper Art Museum Study Room (Kemper 104). Proposals for the fall 2019 […]

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How Assessment for Learning Can Improve Students’ Content Mastery

December 17, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Assessment for Learning (AfL), or “formative assessment,” is a common theme in the U.S. educational landscape but it’s often overlooked in higher education. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Dr. Cathy Box, director for Teaching and Learning at Lubbock Christian University, explains AfL and how it can be used in the classroom to improve student learning […]

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Job Posting: Teaching Center Part-Time Summer Graduate Student Research Fellow

December 17, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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The Teaching Center is seeking a graduate student to work with our team to transcribe, code, and analyze data collected as part of a program assessment during Summer 2019. This position requires familiarity with qualitative data analysis and related software, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Applications are especially encouraged from graduate […]

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Designing Pedagogical Approaches for Today’s Student

December 14, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

“As educators, we need to lead the way and design our pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had,” writes Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and professor of higher-education policy and sociology at Temple University, and Jesse Stommel, executive director of the […]

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How Teachers Can Recharge Over Winter Break

December 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Many academics could be experiencing “outrage fatigue” at this time of year, writes Anthony Ocampo, associate professor at California State Polytechnic University and director of campus workshops at the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and Kerry Ann Rockquemore, founder of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. In a recent Inside Higher Ed op-ed, […]

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