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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

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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Call for Applications: Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine

April 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently announced the official launch of the Academy of Educators. The Academy is an institutional collaboration of educators who together will foster a culture of educational excellence and an institutionally valued community of leaders in health science education. The Academy of Educators is accepting applications for membership […]

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Easier Isn’t Always Better When it Comes to Studying: Opinion

April 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Effective learning requires a lot of hard work, and students–much like all humans–prefer things to be easy,” writes James M. Lang, professor of English and director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, in a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, Lang focuses on interleaving, or studying […]

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Call for Proposals: Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference

April 5, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference (FTTC) planning committee is accepting proposals for its 2019 conference on September 26 & 27, 2019 at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. The committee is seeking presenters who can offer attendees both a vision of the impact and importance of their topic and concrete, practical examples […]

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Tips for Creating a Supportive Classroom

April 2, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Twenty percent of college students nationwide report ““symptoms indicative of clinical or subclinical PTSD,” according to a 2008 study, “Prevalence, Type, Disclosure, and Severity of Adverse Life Events in College Students” (Smyth et al., 2008) cited in a recent Faculty Focus article. The study points to the need for faculty to be cognizant of challenges […]

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Six Themes to Promote Student Learning

March 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Tyler Griffin, Ph.D., associate professor at Brigham Young University, recently shared his “six A’s” for promoting deep and lasting learning in courses in a Faculty Focus article. The big-picture themes include: Adjustments, or making minor tweaks to a course to improve student learning; Audience, or getting to know more about students and why they’re taking […]

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