Month: October 2017

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Blackboard Performance Issues

October 19, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Intermittent performance issues on Blackboard were reported this week. These issues are likely related to a recent Blackboard update. WashU-IT has worked with Blackboard on these issues and has informed us that these issues have been resolved (10/19/2017). If you are still experiencing issues, please try clearing your browser’s cache. Questions may be addressed to teachcen@wustl.edu. The issues […]

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Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

October 18, 2017 | Julia Johnson

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In the article “Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class” from the Chronicle of Higher Education, James M. Lang provides four strategies for immediately engaging students in your course material. These four strategies—opening with a question, asking students what they learned during the previous class, revisiting prior knowledge and low-stakes writing assignments—can be […]

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 #SciComm Thursdays – New Monthly Series on Communicating Science

October 13, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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Becker Library and the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences are pleased to announce #SciCommThursdays, a monthly series all about Communicating Your Science. The series will feature WashU faculty and staff, plus expert guests from the St. Louis community. Join us to hear valuable perspectives on crafting and disseminating stories about science for any audience, […]

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AAU Releases STEM Initiative Report

October 12, 2017 | Meg Gregory

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Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Association of American Universities (AAU) launched the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which is focused on improving undergraduate education in STEM fields. The initiative’s goal is to promote the use of evidence-based teaching practices in STEM education at research universities, and to provide faculty members the support they […]

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Guest Speaker: “Using Research to Change Our Perception of the Average Student”

October 10, 2017 | Meg Gregory

Pinned / Research on Teaching and Learning

Date: Wednesday, November 8th Time: 4:00 pm Location: Wilson 214 Diane Bunce, PhD, will give a talk on “Using Research to Change Our Perception of the Average Student” as part of the Innovations in the Undergraduate Education Speaker Series, co-sponsored by CIRCLE, The Teaching Center, the University Libraries, and Arts & Sciences Computing. The talk […]

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Blog Post on 2017 STEM FIT Symposium Plenary: Applying Cognitive Science

October 9, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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In a post on Saint Louis University’s Reinert Center blog, Christopher Grabau, PhD describes Mark McDaniel’s talk at the 2017 STEM FIT Symposium on the cognitive science principles that may be applied to improve learning: repetition and interleaving, retrieval practice, and explanatory questioning. McDaniel is a professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences and co-Director of the […]

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How to Respond: Facilitating Productive Discussions about Current Events

October 2, 2017 | Meg Gregory

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This post is by guest author, Lorien Carter, Associate Professor of Practice, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. This Teaching Tip (originally posted for Brown School Faculty in November 2016) is being “re-issued” with a few updates today in an effort to provide you with very timely information for how to […]

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