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Education Professor Underscores Memory in the Classroom

March 6, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“A lot of people in education think about information retrieval as a neutral event, but that’s wrong. Every time you retrieve an event, you strengthen memory,” said Andrew C. Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Butler, who teaches while running a lab at […]

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Science Advances: STEM Faculty Who Believe in Fixed Ability Have Less Motivated Students

March 6, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

STEM Education

Results from a recent study show that STEM faculty who believe students’ ability is fixed have larger racial achievement gaps and more demotivated students in their classes, according to data published recently in a paper in Science Advances. The paper by authors Elizabeth A. Canning, Katherine Muenks, Dorainne J. Green, and Mary C. Murphy, looks at […]

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How to ‘Plagiarize-Proof’ Writing Assignments

March 6, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Teaching with Writing

Plagiarism is a common problem at most higher education institutions, but teachers can take steps to “plagiarize-proof” their courses, writes Christina Moore, a virtual faculty developer with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University, in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Moore gives four strategies to help faculty and staff […]

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Building Transparent Classroom Assignments

March 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Creating better course assignments can start with transparent teaching, one professor says. Tanya Martini, a professor of psychology at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, shared her approach to making assignments more relevant to her students in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Martini was frustrated that students in course evaluations said her assignments […]

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National Study on Inclusive Teaching Survey

February 28, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Announcements /

Washington University in St. Louis faculty members are invited to participate in a national survey study aimed at providing insight into inclusive teaching efforts occurring at institutions of higher education. Faculty from all disciplines and institutions are welcome to complete the questionnaire. Outcomes will be used to inform future research and professional development addressing inclusive pedagogy. […]

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Tips for Using Classroom Assessment Techniques

February 28, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

At one point or another, many faculty members fall back on prompts such as, “Any questions?” or “Does this make sense?” to gauge students’ comprehension of a lesson. However, using Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) could be a more effective way of monitoring student learning, writes Pete Watkins, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of […]

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Incorporating Wellness Courses into Higher Ed Curriculum

February 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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One in four college students reports being diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness, according to a 2018 study in the journal Depression and Anxiety cited in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle article focuses on how some colleges are integrating wellness courses into their curriculum to address mental health issues […]

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Tips for Successful Teaching Demos

February 21, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Teaching demos are a common yet sometimes harrowing part of tenure-track interviews. Still, there are steps that candidates can take beforehand to make sure they are adequately prepared for the task, writes Kevin Gannon, professor of history at Grand View University and director of its Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in a recent story […]

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Prison Education Project Leaders Discuss Inclusive Teaching and Research

February 20, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“It will only make us better teachers to look at issues in different ways, and that can happen if we engage with students with different life experiences from our own,” said Jennifer Hudson, Ph.D., political science faculty member and former Prison Education Project Manager and Academic Advisor for the Prison Education Project at Washington University […]

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Panel Discussion: Identifying and Helping Students in Distress

February 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Announcements /

The Teaching Center and Habif Health and Wellness Center staff are co-hosting a panel discussion on how faculty can address student mental health. Jordan Worthington, MSW, Assistant Director, Mental Health Outreach and Programming at Habif Health and Wellness Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and Lindsey H. Herzog, MSW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at […]

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