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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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Information Literacy Learning Community for Faculty and Librarians

May 20, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Would you like to more fully build information literacy into a course that you teach? Would you like to work with a librarian to create assignments that utilize the course content that you are already teaching to develop students’ information literacy? Would you like to have that same librarian embedded in your course to enhance […]

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Encouraging Completion of Assigned Reading

May 9, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Almost all faculty, or 97 percent, think it’s “important” or “very important” for students to come to class having completed their assigned reading, but only three percent think students actually do their reading, according to results from the 2018 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. The professors’ suspicions are not unfounded, as many studies demonstrate a drop […]

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7th Annual Teaching Center Graduate Student and Postdoc Recognition Reception

May 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Announcements / Uncategorized

The Teaching Center hosted its 7th Annual Graduate Student and Postdoc Recognition Reception on May 2, 2019 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge. The event honored more than 70 graduate students and postdocs from Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University School of Medicine who participated in the Teaching Center’s professional development programs in […]

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Teaching Opportunity for DBBS Students and Postdocs

May 1, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Announcements /

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University in St. Louis is looking for motivated senior graduate students or postdocs interested in gaining teaching experience to serve as Discussion Leaders in a course, Nucleic Acids and Protein Biosynthesis. The course is broken up into four general topics including: 1.) DNA structure and protein-DNA […]

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Ten Tips for Learner-Centered Teaching

May 1, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Ten activities can build student engagement and get them more actively involved in learning, writes Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State Berks, in a recent Faculty Focus story. In the article, Weimer outlines activities that fall into three major categories: “Creating the Climate for Learning,” “Let the Students Summarize,” […]

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How to Overcome Student Apathy in the Classroom

April 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Student apathy is common in classrooms but instructors can take a critical step to overcome it, writes Major Wolfgang S. Weber, assistant professor of Law at the US Air Force Academy, in a recent Faculty Focus story. In the article, Weber talks about incorporating a “motivation step” into the beginning of class sessions to show students […]

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A ‘Cheat Sheet’ for Active Learning

April 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

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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