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Academic Minute

Teaching Critical Thinking

July 19, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Evidence-Based Strategies / Pinned

Amander Hiner explores the topic of teaching critical thinking in a segment of the Academic Minute. Hiner is Assistant Professor of English at Winthrop University and an alumna of Washington University (PhD and MA, English and American Literature). Hiner discusses research suggesting that, rather than assume that our students are learning critical-thinking skills by engaging with disciplinary […]

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Active Learning and Inclusive Teaching in Gen Chem

July 14, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Evidence-Based Strategies / Pinned

Megan Daschbach, PhD,  Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, discusses her commitment to improving student learning and helping diverse students persist in STEM in this issue of The Ampersand (Arts & Sciences). Daschbach describes her current work, with her co-instructors, integrating active learning and inclusive-teaching approaches in General Chemistry at Washington University. To learn more about inclusive teaching, and […]

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HHMI Grant to Support Student Success in STEM

June 8, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Pinned / STEM Education

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has just announced that Washington University is one of 24 institutions that will receive  a $1 million grant to support student success in STEM, as a part of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative. The Washington University initiative will be led by Regina F. Frey (the Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry; co-director […]

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STEM FIT Symposium on Teaching and Learning in STEM

June 2, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Pinned / STEM Education

The inaugural STEM FIT Symposium: Conversations on Teaching and Learning in STEM took place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. At this regional symposium, STEM faculty discussed their recent pedagogical innovations and best practices in integrating evidence-based teaching in STEM. The symposium began with a plenary by Mark McDaniel, PhD, Professor, Psychological […]

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Study Sheds Light on Learning in General Chemistry

May 16, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Pinned / Research on Teaching and Learning

A new study published in the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) suggests that students who struggle in introductory STEM courses may do so because they have not acquired a working knowledge of abstract concepts that underlie examples presented in the course. As reported in the Washington University Record, these findings “are important because they may help to explain […]

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New AAAS Course on Course Design

May 3, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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Teaching Center staff have recently worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to create an online course, Designing an Undergraduate STEM Course. The course was developed by Gina Frey (Executive Director and Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry) and Beth Fisher (Director of Academic Services). This course helps participants learn […]

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Denise Leonard Named Associate Director

April 30, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Denise Leonard, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Graduate-Student and Postdoc programs at The Teaching Center. Denise joined The Teaching Center in 2013 as a postdoctoral research scholar (a dual appointment with the Department of Biology) and was appointed Assistant Director in 2014. As Associate Director, Denise will lead the development of our professional-development […]

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Encourage Feedback via Student Evals

April 28, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Pinned / Resources for Teaching

It’s not too late to encourage your students to complete the online course evaluations. Send them an email to let them know that their feedback will help you refine the course for future semesters, and thank them for their thoughtful responses. For additional ideas, please see our resources page, Encouraging Students to Provide Feedback via […]

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The Distracted Classroom

April 27, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Pinned / Research on Teaching and Learning

In his Chronicle of Higher Education column, James Lang (professor of English and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College) reports on research suggesting that digital devices can be distracting precisely because they appeal to a desire to engage in the pleasurable pursuit of “information foraging.” In addition, he reflects on implications of research […]

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Open Positions at The Teaching Center

April 17, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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Come grow with us at The Teaching Center! We are currently inviting applications for two Assistant Directors in Academic Services. The Assistant Directors work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and provide interactive programs on evidence-based teaching. The primary focus of these positions is on graduate-student and postdoc programs—including workshops, consultations, and symposia—as well as a […]

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