Month: November 2018

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Korean Language Professor Emphasizes Active Learning and Metacognition

November 30, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I tell students: ‘This is not a knowing class; it’s a doing class,’” said Mijeong Mimi Kim, Teaching Professor of Korean Language and Korean Language Coordinator in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis. Kim has a master’s degree in linguistics from State University of New York and […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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Helpful Hints for Creating Finals or ‘Finales’

November 29, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Finals are quickly approaching at many universities and instructors are figuring out the best ways to gauge students’ learning. For some teachers this could take the form of a standard pen-and-paper exam, but there are other ways to assess learning, writes Kevin Gannon, a professor of history at Grand View University and director of its […]

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Addressing Mental Health in Higher Education

November 27, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Mental health is a pervasive issue on college campuses that needs to be addressed by faculty members. One in four college students have a diagnosable illness, 40 percent do not seek help, 80 percent feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50 percent have become so anxious that they struggle in school, according to research conducted […]

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Creating Positive Work Environments in Academia

November 20, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

There’s a difference between a challenging and a traumatic work environment in academia, Kathryn R. Wedemeyer-Strombel, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, writes in a recent post on the Chronicle Vitae blog. In the post, Wedemeyer-Strombel details the characteristics that […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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Finding Compassion in the Classroom

November 16, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

It’s common for teachers to feel irritated by students’ questions now and again. But what if teachers let compassion, rather than annoyance, guide their actions in the classroom? That’s the premise set forth in a new article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, James M. Lang, professor of English and head of […]

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Metacognition and Transparency in Teaching

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Thinking about thinking, or metacognition, is important as one tries to achieve more transparency in teaching. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Amy B. Mulnix, Ph.D., director of the Faculty Center at Franklin and Marshall College, shares a story about how metacognition and transparency improved her performance in the classroom. Mulnix asked first-year students in a […]

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Public Policy Fellow Brings Campaigning to the Classroom

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“Students, whether on the policy or political side, have an ability to make an impact,” said Thomas Irwin, Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Irwin, a veteran in Missouri politics, teaches a one-credit course in the fall, “Just Do It! Running […]

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Online Learning Showcase from University College at Washington University in St. Louis

November 12, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Don’t miss a special event Tuesday, November 13 from University College at Washington University in St. Louis, “Online Learning Showcase.” The theme of the event will be interactive online learning through role playing, as presented by Instructors Susan Craig and Jeremy Caddel. Craig and Caddel received the Marion Horstmann Online Teaching Innovation Grant. The featured […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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‘Don’t Be Scary,’ Higher Ed Teacher Urges Professors in His New Book

November 8, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Joshua Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, has some advice for teachers: “Don’t Be scary.” Eyler in his soon-to-be-published book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching,” uses scientific insights to give nuanced teaching tips. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights five […]

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Quality Over Quantity in Classroom Discussion

November 7, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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When it comes to classroom discussion quality is often more important than quantity, according to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the story, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department of the University of Iowa, writes that having students talk during class can be detrimental to the learning process if […]

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