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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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Faculty members from across Washington University in St. Louis gathered for IDEA FIT, Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All from the Faculty Institute on Teaching, part of The Teaching Center, at Siegle Hall on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Priscilla Song (right) of Anthropolgy talks during the session Designing Inclusive Materials and Assignments. Photo by Sid Hastings / WUSTL Photos

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Faculty Institute on Inclusive Teaching

May 1, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Washington University faculty are invited to apply for the 2017 Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All Faculty Institute on Teaching (IDEA FIT). IDEA FIT is a two-day institute that offers faculty from across the disciplines an opportunity to learn about and develop evidence-based strategies that can foster inclusion in teaching and learning. The 2017 institute will […]

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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

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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

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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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Blackboard: Current Issues

March 23, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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For updates on all current issues, please go to https://blackboard.wustl.edu/announcements/ SafeAssign Blackboard is reporting that, due to a high paper load, instructors using SafeAssign are currently experiencing significant delays when requesting reports. In addition, as of 5/8/2017, instructors are receiving error messages when they attempt to “Direct Submit” papers to SafeAssign. For assistance with this issue, […]

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Applying Cognitive Science in the Classroom

March 13, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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Applying insights from cognitive-science research is one of the core things we do at The Teaching Center, including through workshops for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Faculty Focus recently explored this topic in a trio of posts by Maryellen Weimer, PhD. (Links to each article below are arranged in order of publication date.) Weimer provides insight into […]

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The Many Meanings of Silence in the Classroom

March 6, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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In our extroverted culture, it can helpful for us to remember that our students’ silence in the classroom means different things at different times. In “Silence in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives of a Nepalese Graduate Student,” Krishna Bista, Professor of Education, University of Louisiana, provides insight on “patterns of silence” in the classroom. Informed by […]

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