Month: March 2019

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Six Themes to Promote Student Learning

March 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Tyler Griffin, Ph.D., associate professor at Brigham Young University, recently shared his “six A’s” for promoting deep and lasting learning in courses in a Faculty Focus article. The big-picture themes include: Adjustments, or making minor tweaks to a course to improve student learning; Audience, or getting to know more about students and why they’re taking […]

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How to Prep for a Course You’ve Never Taught

March 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

Professors, especially junior professors, sometimes get asked to teach a class that is outside their area of expertise. Faculty can prepare themselves to teach theses courses by asking and answering a series of questions, an anonymous assistant professor working toward tenures, “Junior Prof,” writes in a recent blog post on Inside Higher Ed. The question […]

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Strategies for Flipped Instruction Time Management

March 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

Time management can be daunting for some instructors while teaching a flipped course, but there are steps faculty can take to make sure that class sessions are well-organized, writes Robert Talbert, associate professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University and the author of Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, in a […]

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Study: Obstacles to Innovative Teaching in STEM

March 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

STEM Education

Faculty members say that a busy schedule often prevents them from implementing more innovative teaching in their STEM courses, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence cited in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the study, Hannah Sturtevant, a postdoctoral research associate at the center, and Lindsay […]

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Illustration Professor Outlines Work-Based Model of Art Education

March 20, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I encourage students not to view art making as a mystical activity. It’s about training your eye to see shapes, forms, and colors that are translatable,” said John Hendrix, Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Hendrix teaches undergraduate […]

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How to Make Classrooms Inclusive of First-Generation College Students

March 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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First-generation college students comprise about a third of new students at two-year and four-year institutions, according to a recent study by Toutkoushian, Stollberg, and Slaton (2018) cited in a blog post on The Scholarly Teacher. These students often begin their higher education without a mentor or a family member who can offer guidance and support, leaving […]

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Advantages of Student-Led Classroom Discussions

March 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are many discussion styles in the classroom but a student-led approach could be the best one to stimulate conversation, writes Peter Wayne Moe, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and the director of the Writing Program at Seattle Pacific University in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Moe cites an example of student-led discussion […]

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Practical Tips for More Engaging Teaching

March 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“If you want people to be interested, committed, and willing to devote effort to learning, mastering, and using skills for the long haul, then you can’t avoid the initial step of stimulating excitement,” said psychologist Todd Kashdan, as quoted in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “How to Make Your Teaching More […]

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Education Professor Underscores Memory in the Classroom

March 6, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“A lot of people in education think about information retrieval as a neutral event, but that’s wrong. Every time you retrieve an event, you strengthen memory,” said Andrew C. Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Butler, who teaches while running a lab at […]

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