Tag: Group work

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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Integrating Active Learning /

“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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English Literature Professor Highlights Technology in the Humanities

January 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I want students to go away from my classes with a more capacious understanding of what it might mean to be a lower-case ‘c’ critic of literature,” said Melanie Micir, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Micir teachers undergraduate and graduate courses at the university on modern and […]

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How Assessment for Learning Can Improve Students’ Content Mastery

December 17, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Evidence-Based Strategies / Improving Teaching and Learning /

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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Public Policy Fellow Brings Campaigning to the Classroom

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“Students, whether on the policy or political side, have an ability to make an impact,” said Thomas Irwin, Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Irwin, a veteran in Missouri politics, teaches a one-credit course in the fall, “Just Do It! Running […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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‘Don’t Be Scary,’ Higher Ed Teacher Urges Professors in His New Book

November 8, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Joshua Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, has some advice for teachers: “Don’t Be scary.” Eyler in his soon-to-be-published book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching,” uses scientific insights to give nuanced teaching tips. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights five […]

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Five Ways to Facilitate Equal Group Work

October 1, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

In a recent Faculty Focus article, “Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try,” Li-Shih Huang, Ph.D., discusses strategies for improving group work in the classroom. Huang gives five tips for promoting a balance of work among group members. Two tips include designing a group project in which students work in […]

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Register for Summer 2017 POGIL Workshop

March 24, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Looking for ways to enliven your teaching approaches? Who needs the beach? July is time for POGILing! With the view that “knowledge is personal,” POGIL takes a student-centered, team-based, active-learning approach in which key concepts and process skills (such as collaboration and critical thinking) are taught through interaction and discovery. POGIL has  changed their course structure […]

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Four Ways to Form Student Groups

January 31, 2017 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning /

In his popular eNewsletter, Tomorrow’s Professor, Rick Reis provides information on a wide variety of teaching and learning topics. In a recent post, he provided an excerpt on how to form student groups from a new book, A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice (2016), by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, […]

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Teaching Students How to Work in Diverse Groups

December 6, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning /

Staci Thomas, Lecturer, Olin Business School, participated in a panel discussion on November 4, 2016 on “Effective Teaching: Tips from Award Winning Faculty” at the recent Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Staci is one of the Washington University honorees for the 2016 Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching. […]

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“The Landlord’s Game” Teaches a New Generation About Inequality

July 18, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

As part of the Modern Segregation program initiative in American Culture Studies, Michelle Repice (lecturer in American Culture Studies and Assistant Director in The Teaching Center) teaches a popular course, “Home, Bittersweet Home,” which provides a multi-disciplinary lens on the history of home ownership in America. The course uses a case-study approach that is designed […]

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