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Incorporating Student Voices into Lectures: Teaching Tips

August 16, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Tim Bono, Ph.D., Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis One of the most effective techniques I have found to increase student engagement during class is through weekly thought papers. These low-stakes assignments—simply asking the students to tell a story from […]

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Every Graph Tells a Story: Teaching Tips

July 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Sophia E. Hayes, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Institute for School Partnership Faculty Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis Practitioners in nearly all fields communicate the results of their data gathering via graphs. Informed citizens, reading newspapers and magazines, are also regularly exposed to charts and graphs for showing data (side […]

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Registration Open for SoTL Faculty Learning Community

July 26, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Registration is now open for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Faculty Learning Community. The learning community is designed to support faculty who are interested in incorporating SoTL research into their teaching practice. Through monthly meetings over the 2019-2020 academic year, participants will gain exposure to SoTL research from varied disciplines, design a SoTL […]

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EPIC Learning Community Registration Open

July 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Registration is now open for the EPIC Learning Community. The EPIC Learning Community is an interdisciplinary program for graduate students in their first years at Washington University who are getting ready for or participating in their initial teaching experiences. The program provides a structure in which graduate students can develop relationships with others who are interested […]

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Ways to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive

July 23, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Besides teaching content and skills in your discipline, your role is to help students learn. And not just some students,” write Viji Sathy, Ph.D., teaching associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and an administrator in the office of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kelly A. Hogan, Ph.D., associate dean of […]

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How Instructors Can Help First-Generation Students Study

July 23, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Students who are the first in their families to go to college have drive and determination, but they often lack study skills to succeed in rigorous courses. Instructors can help first-generation students by teaching study skills in class and encouraging struggling students to reach out for additional assistance, according to Gail Horowitz, Ph.D., a faculty […]

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Theatre Professor Emphasizes Student Creativity in Learning

July 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“You can’t take a student where they want to go, but you can show them the way. College is the beginning of that journey,” said Robert Mark Morgan, Teaching Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program. Morgan teaches set design classes and […]

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Language Teaching Fair from WUSTL Language Departments and The Teaching Center

July 1, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Interested language faculty across departments are invited to come together to discuss language teaching at WashU and to learn from one another on Thursday, August 22 from 1:30-5 PM on the Danforth Campus. The event is co-sponsored by WUSTL Language Departments and The Teaching Center. Events at the Language Teaching Fair will include: Group Work […]

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How to Make the Most of Student Evals

June 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There’s an ongoing debate in academia as to whether or not student evals effectively inform on teaching. However, no matter where you stand in the debate, there are steps you can take to analyze evals and get the most out of student feedback, writes Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine […]

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First Steps in Backwards Course Design

June 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“In order for instruction to be both meaningful and measurable, it is important that instructors begin their course/curriculum design process with outlining the course level student learning outcomes,” writes Vicki Caruana, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York, in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Caruana outlines steps […]

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