Month: September 2015

Student discussion

Leading Discussions: Tips from a Junior-Faculty Workshop

September 17, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Integrating Active Learning

Yesterday’s first junior-faculty workshop of the academic year, “Leading Effective Discussions,” led by Gina Frey, drew faculty from disciplines ranging from business to music and physics to think through the challenges and opportunities of classroom discussions. True to its topic, the workshop took the form of a lively discussion. We brainstormed in small groups and then reconvened […]

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Registration Open for UMSL Teaching and Technology Conference

September 16, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements

The “Focus on Teaching and Technology” conference includes sessions on topics such as helping students learn complex concepts in science, integrating case studies to develop students’ critical thinking skills, implementing collaborative learning, and developing creative approaches to assignments. Many sessions also focus on implementing targeted technology to address a range of pedagogical needs, including cultivating writing skills, developing foreign […]

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Expecting to Teach Enhances Learning, Recall

September 15, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Research on Teaching and Learning

A trade secret among educators is that teaching is a form of deep learning. A study led by Washington University postdoctoral researcher John Nestojko, PhD, and recently published in the journal Memory & Cognition shows that people learn more effectively when they think that they will be teaching the material to others. Compared with participants who expected to be […]

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Media Multi-Tasking: Effects on Students’ Attention

September 11, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Research on Teaching and Learning

Does multi-tasking improve or impair attention? The findings of a laboratory-based study (reviewed below) illuminate the relationship between the use of devices and the potential for distraction. The researchers in this study set out to test whether undergraduates who are “heavy media multi-taskers” might have an improved ability, relative to peers who are “light media multi-taskers,” to filter […]

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Students writing in the Kemper

Opportunities To Teach with Kemper Art Collections

September 11, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Resources for Teaching

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum provides various opportunities for faculty to incorporate art from the museum’s collections into their courses. For example, faculty can Select art from the permanent collection and arrange an exhibit in The Teaching Gallery, Make use of the Study Room to view works from the collection that are not on display, […]

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Writing Notes “Longhand” May Enhance Learning

September 11, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Research on Teaching and Learning

A study published in Psychological Science shows that students who wrote lecture notes “longhand” scored better on conceptual questions in later testing on the lecture content than students who typed notes on a laptop. In this laboratory study, students at Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles were given either laptops or pen and […]

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