Tag: Innovative Approaches

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Using Video Game Technology in Foreign Language Instruction

April 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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A St. Louis professor is implementing a new method to engage his students in foreign language study: Video games. Professor Simone Bregni from Saint Louis University uses video games in his class, “Intensive Italian for Gamers,” to teach students Italian language and culture. A video game enthusiast, Bregni uses about 10 different games in his course […]

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Illustration Professor Outlines Work-Based Model of Art Education

March 20, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I encourage students not to view art making as a mystical activity. It’s about training your eye to see shapes, forms, and colors that are translatable,” said John Hendrix, Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Hendrix teaches undergraduate […]

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Advantages of Student-Led Classroom Discussions

March 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are many discussion styles in the classroom but a student-led approach could be the best one to stimulate conversation, writes Peter Wayne Moe, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and the director of the Writing Program at Seattle Pacific University in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Moe cites an example of student-led discussion […]

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Practical Tips for More Engaging Teaching

March 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“If you want people to be interested, committed, and willing to devote effort to learning, mastering, and using skills for the long haul, then you can’t avoid the initial step of stimulating excitement,” said psychologist Todd Kashdan, as quoted in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “How to Make Your Teaching More […]

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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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Incorporating Wellness Courses into Higher Ed Curriculum

February 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

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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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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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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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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