Month: March 2016


Gephardt Institute Grants for Community-Based Teaching

March 30, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Announcements / Integrating Active Learning

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement has issued a Call for Proposals for faculty grants of up to $5,000 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The application deadline for both grants is May 1, 2016. Community-Based Teaching and Learning These grants support the development and implementation of community-based content in new or existing courses. For more […]

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Reflective Writing Can Help Students Link Course Content to Their Lives

March 15, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Teaching with Writing

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, co-authored by Peter C. Brown and Washington University Psychology department professors Mark McDaniel and Henry “Roddy” Roediger, helped to kick-start a teaching experiment with surprising outcomes. With the intention of helping students  to consolidate learning and clarify misconceptions, Professor Allison Vaillancourt of the University of Arizona applied McDaniel and Roediger’s […]

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Summer Faculty Institutes on Teaching

March 14, 2016 | Shawn Nordell


This summer, Washington University full-time faculty have the chance to join their colleagues at one of two Faculty Institutes on Teaching (FIT), presented by The Teaching Center: Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All FIT (IDEA FIT), May 25-26 and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics FIT (STEM FIT), June 14- 16. These institutes offer extended opportunities […]

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Stephen Kosslyn Presents The Minerva Schools

March 11, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Digital Pedagogies

In this second lecture in the new “Innovations and Evidence-based Pedagogies in Undergraduate STEM Courses Speaker Series,” Stephen M. Kosslyn, psychologist and founding dean of The Minerva Schools, discussed the philosophy and workings of the school. “Minerva is focused on practical knowledge for the 21st century,” he began, illustrating this idea by engaging the audience in reflection on an ethical […]

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6 Ways to Encourage Student “Buy-In” For Active Learning

March 9, 2016 | Bryn Lutes

Integrating Active Learning

While faculty have sound, research-based reasons for including active learning (see more posts about integrating active learning), changing the status quo by incorporating active learning requires clear communication about the rationale for these changes and your expectations for student participation. There are many ways to encourage student buy-in for active-learning activities in the classroom. Here […]

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Applications Open for Summer Institute on Inclusive Teaching

March 7, 2016 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements / Evidence-Based Strategies

The Teaching Center invites applications for the inaugural Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All: Faculty Institute on Teaching (IDEA FIT), which will take place May 25-26 on the Danforth Campus.The institute is open to full-time faculty from all schools at Washington University.

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Discourse Study on PLTL Published

March 1, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Evidence-Based Strategies / Research on Teaching and Learning / STEM Education

Do you ever wonder what your students are talking about during group work? We know that collaborative learning contexts lead to better learning outcomes, but the mechanism behind how this works is not clearly understood. A newly published study by Michelle Repice and Gina Frey, from The Teaching Center, and their colleagues, analyzes how chemistry […]

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