Category: Integrating Active Learning

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Strategies for Flipped Instruction Time Management

March 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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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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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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Integrating Active Learning into Lectures

January 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Lecture has become a fraught topic in teaching recently, with some higher education professionals and research suggesting that active learning is a better approach than lecturing. However, lecture can work well in certain cases, especially when a mix of teaching practices are utilized in the classroom, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department at […]

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Four Ways to Form Student Groups

January 31, 2017 | Shawn Nordell

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In his popular eNewsletter, Tomorrow’s Professor, Rick Reis provides information on a wide variety of teaching and learning topics. In a recent post, he provided an excerpt on how to form student groups from a new book, A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice (2016), by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, […]

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New CIRCLE Fellow Discusses TIES Initiative

January 19, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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The Teaching Center and CIRCLE are pleased to announce 2016-2018 CIRCLE Fellow: Julie Bugg, Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences. A collaboration between The Teaching Center, and the Center for the Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education (CIRCLE), and the Office of the Provost, the two-year fellowship supports Washington University STEM faculty in designing […]

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Teaching Students How to Work in Diverse Groups

December 6, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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Staci Thomas, Lecturer, Olin Business School, participated in a panel discussion on November 4, 2016 on “Effective Teaching: Tips from Award Winning Faculty” at the recent Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Staci is one of the Washington University honorees for the 2016 Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching. […]

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Fall Clicker Community Meeting

October 25, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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The fall Clicker Learning Community meeting was held on September 29, 2016, and 15 faculty from two schools and seven departments attended. Washington University has had a Clicker Learning Community for three years. The community was started through our AAU grant and meets approximately two-three times a year to discuss strategies for integrating active learning […]

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Tools to Facilitate In-Class Polling

September 8, 2016 | Bryn Lutes

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Tools to facilitate in-class polling In-class polling by any means (clickers, online polling programs, Google forms, or even colored pieces of paper) is a straight-forward way for instructors to gather real-time feedback, identify gaps in preparation or understanding, and then flexibly adjust instruction. Read more about why you might use polling in the classroom. Here […]

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Integrating Active Learning with Clickers: Tips from a Faculty Workshop

May 20, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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How do you work on a problem with 200 students at once? How can you find out what 200 students are thinking? You ask them to “click”! A group of faculty discussed integrating active learning with clickers in a workshop led by Shawn Nordell and Beth Fisher of The Teaching Center. “Clickers,” or Classroom Response […]

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Facilitating Group Work: Tips from a Junior-Faculty Workshop

April 19, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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A group of junior faculty delved into a productive discussion of the benefits and challenges of “Incorporating and Facilitating Group Work” at a faculty workshop led by Gina Frey on April 1, 2016. Gina began the discussion by asking the participants their rationale for including group work in their courses. Several faculty noted that many […]

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