Month: August 2015

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Classroom Help for Faculty

August 30, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements

Welcome back, faculty! The Teaching Center’s classroom-services staff is here to help make the start of the semester go smoothly for you. If you would like to schedule training on the classroom-multimedia system, or if you need classroom support (including with Blackboard) while you are teaching, please call us at (314) 935-6810 (M-F, 8:00 am – 5:00 […]

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Start-of-Semester Resources

August 24, 2015 | Beth Fisher

Announcements

Please  check out the following Teaching Center resources for a smooth start to the new semester: For help with Blackboard, faculty* may contact us. For a guide to teaching resources and tools at Washington University, see Teaching at Wash U. For important academic dates, see  Academic Calendars. For effective teaching strategies, see Resources, which includes suggestions on topics […]

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Laptop Use in Class: Effects on Learning and Attention

August 22, 2015 | Beth Fisher

Research on Teaching and Learning

As instructors, we may wonder if laptop use helps or hinders learning in our classrooms. We may find ourselves on the fence—understanding that some students prefer to type their notes, but then wondering whether students are paying attention and staying engaged, and whether their laptop use may be distracting others. Two classroom-based studies (discussed below) suggest that […]

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AAU STEM Network Conference: October 13-14

August 20, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Announcements

This conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), will take place October 13-14, 2015 at Washington University. The purpose of the conference  is to develop a network among AAU member-institutions that are focused on improving STEM education. The conference will feature presentations and round-table […]

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VHS Tapes in the Classroom: Suggestions for Instructors

August 19, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Announcements

Due to the decreasing number of manufacturers producing video cassette recorders (VCRs), the University began phasing out the replacement of VCRs in University-managed classrooms in 2012. For faculty who use VHS tapes in teaching and who are exploring options to replace the tapes with digital media, the University Libraries and The Teaching Center offer the following […]

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Guidance for Faculty on the Preferred Name Policy

August 19, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Announcements

The Office of the University Registrar has provided helpful information for faculty and staff on the “preferred name” policy, including tips for supporting students who are using a preferred name. Find out more about the policy and its implications for communicating with your students and advisees.

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Encouraging Critical Thinking with a Document Camera

August 3, 2015 | Bryn Lutes

Digital Pedagogies

Document cameras allow you to project and write on, or otherwise manipulate, objects–whether paper, books, or chemical models–to make the thinking process come alive for students.​ This post describes three ways to use this easy-to-use and flexible classroom tool.

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