Month: April 2019

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How to Overcome Student Apathy in the Classroom

April 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Student apathy is common in classrooms but instructors can take a critical step to overcome it, writes Major Wolfgang S. Weber, assistant professor of Law at the US Air Force Academy, in a recent Faculty Focus story. In the article, Weber talks about incorporating a “motivation step” into the beginning of class sessions to show students […]

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A ‘Cheat Sheet’ for Active Learning

April 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University recently released a helpful guide to active learning. The document lists 10 steps that instructors can follow to implement active learning in their classroom including: Creating a safe and open environment; setting a goal for the activity; choosing the right exercise; identifying preparation for the exercise; considering links […]

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Grappling with the ‘Extra-Credit Question’

April 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The end of the semester brings many questions from students, including, “Is there any extra credit I can do to help my final grade?” write Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology at Moravian College, and Jane S. Halonen, professor of psychology and former dean of arts and sciences at the University of West Florida, […]

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Helpful Hints to Improve Student Study Habits

April 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Studying, even among students in higher education, can remain an elusive skill. Part of the reason is because some students never learned properly how to study, according to a recent Washington Post article. The story includes interviews with education professionals such as Henry Roediger III, professor of psychology and brain science at Washington University in St. […]

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Using Video Game Technology in Foreign Language Instruction

April 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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A St. Louis professor is implementing a new method to engage his students in foreign language study: Video games. Professor Simone Bregni from Saint Louis University uses video games in his class, “Intensive Italian for Gamers,” to teach students Italian language and culture. A video game enthusiast, Bregni uses about 10 different games in his course […]

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Physics Professor Highlights Inclusive Teaching in STEM

April 16, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“There isn’t one mold of someone who is a physicist. It’s hugely beneficial to see things from people with different viewpoints and new ideas. That’s how progress is made,” said Kathryn Mairin Hynes, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hynes teaches introductory physics courses and researches […]

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Cognitive Science Tips for Student Memorization

April 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Teaching professionals sometimes worry that emphasizing rote memorization detracts from deeper thinking in learning, but memorization is an important part of increasing knowledge and expertise, writes Michelle Miller, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, in a recent Faculty Focus story. In the article, Miller gives tips based on cognitive science […]

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How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome as a Supervisor

April 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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One of the most rewarding, and sometimes, challenging parts of a faculty member’s job is advising graduate students. But what happens when a faculty member suffers from imposter syndrome? Some faculty advisers have reported that they feel like an imposter when advising students on their thesis, and these feelings can be exacerbated by having other […]

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Dr. Eric Fournier named Director of Academic Services at The Teaching Center

April 10, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Dr. Eric Fournier was recently named the Director of Academic Services at The Teaching Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Fournier is currently a professor of geography and sociology in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He is also Director of Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship at […]

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